If you're trying to do away with paper towels (see How To Go Paper Towel-Less in the Kitchen
) while minimizing your laundry but still need to clean your windows, consider using newspaper. Not only does it work really well, the paper and ink acts as a light abrasive to give you really clean windows.
What You Need
- A dirty window
- Window Spray or Vinegar & water (If streaks persist with just vinegar and water, try this recipe: 2 cups water, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap) See also Best Green Cleaning Products 2009
1. Collect Your Materials
If using a window spray, this part should be easy. I choose Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Window Spray because it smells so good and is mostly natural. If you're trying vinegar, dilute with water. A good recipe is 2 cups water, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 1/2 liquid soap (to get rid of the waxy film that might be on the window).
2. Apply the Cleaner
A squirt bottle works best but you could also lightly dip your newspaper into a jar of cleaning solution if needed.
3. Rub to Clean
Begin in a circular pattern to wipe off all the spots. Then, switch to a vertical, and then horizontal stroke until all the liquid has dissipated and you're left with a shinny, streak free windows!
Note: for vinyl windows, I've found that the newsprint leaves a mark on the white frame. Avoid rubbing the window frame with newspaper and stick to the glass.