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There’s a Crazy Easy Way to Clean Your Window Screens

published Aug 15, 2018
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Cleaning window screens is not high on anyone’s list of Chores I Love to Do. I mean, how many of us even know the right way to get the window screens out? Wait, do we even have to take them out to clean them? You can see I’m among the guilty who rarely and half-heartedly perform this nevertheless should-be-done task.

Lucky for us, there’s actually a quick and easy way to get the dirt, bug parts, cobwebs, and pollen film off of our screens so the air we let in through our windows is actually fresh.

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Enter the humble lint roller, which is good for more than getting cat hair off your black pants in a flurry before you leave for work.

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Cleaning your screens with a lint roller is not always the most thorough way to clean your screens, but you can do it if your screens are not too dirty or if you need to give them a quick refresh. Using a lint roller is also a good way to keep up maintenance on your screens so they don’t get as dirty as quickly (which will lengthen the life of your screens).

Here’s how to do it:

  • Open your windows or door.
  • Roll the lint roller gently over your screens, taking care not to press too hard.
  • Remove the lint roller liner when it gets too dirty and loses its tack.
  • If you have a paint roller handy, you can put a lint roller refill on that to tackle high-up window screens (inside or out) or larger screens, like the ones on doors.

Helpful Tip: If you find yourself needing to clean the screens often, you can also spend a tiny bit of dough on a screen cleaner brush, like this $12 roller brush, or this $16 two-in-one tool, to tackle the job over and over again.

For more thorough screen cleaning tips, check out these instructions and in the meantime, happy rolling!