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Cleaning your windows can be a chore, however, we are lucky that it is something that only needs to be tackled a few times a year. If your windows are looking dirty, be sure to give our methods below a try. These easy homemade recipes will give you that clean and streak free shine in just a few minutes. You may even have everything you need right in your pantry. No need for expensive cleaners that promise the world! A few household items mixed together properly can give you that same streak free shine.

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Start by cleaning the outside of your windows. Mix up the following cleaner recipe in a large bucket.

Outdoor Window Cleaner Recipe

2 cups water
¼ cup white vinegar
½ tsp dish detergent

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Double or even triple this recipe and mix in a large bucket. I doubled the recipe to clean two large windows. Use a soft bristle brush or a scrub sponge dipped in the mixture to clean the outside of the window. Add the brush to an extension pole if you need to get high second story windows. A car washing brush with an extendable handle works great for this task. Once you wipe down the window, rinse immediately with clean water from a hose. Be sure to rinse BEFORE the solution dries for that streak free shine! Rinse completely as you do not want to leave any residue. It may be best to tackle your windows when the sun isn’t shining directly overhead to dry your work.

Next, you will want to turn your attention indoors to get your window completely clean. Try this indoor recipe or your favorite glass cleaner.


Glass Cleaner Recipe

1/4 cup vinegar
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 cups warm water

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Add all to a spray bottle and mix well. Remember that this may have to be mixed everytime you use it as the cornstarch has a tendency to settle. Use this recipe with a lint free cloth or even try newspapers on the inside of your windows. Spray the solution and wipe down until the dirt and streaks have completely disappeared.



Once you have both the inside and the outside clean, your view will be improved from your freshly washed windows. Cleaning windows has never been easier! Give our homemade recipes above a try for a quick and inexpensive way to get your windows as clean as possible. You will love the results! Is this just a jump start to a new cleaning routine? Be sure to check out our list of must have cleaning supplies for apartment renters.

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