How to Wash Windows Without Using Paper Towels

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Wash Windows Without Using Paper Towels
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The secret to sparkling clean windows lies as much in the drying as it does the washing. Using the right cleaner makes the difference between removing all of the dirt and grime and simply smearing dirt over the surface of the window. However, once the window is washed and dirt is removed, improper drying can leave it streaked or covered with an unsightly haze. Paper towels may leave lint that is difficult to remove. You don't need them anyway; you can dry your windows with recycled products found in your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Recycled newspapers
  • Soft cloth
  • Window cleaning

Wash windows thoroughly with a quality window cleaner and a soft cloth. Use care to get the corners and edges, as these areas are often the dirtiest. Rinse to remove any residue of cleaner and to wash away any dirt or insect residue.

Gather recycled newspapers. Open and remove one page at a time. Crumple the paper into a loose ball. Dry the window with the crumpled ball of newspaper, flipping to the dry side once it gets wet.

Polish the window to a shine by buffing with a dry, crumpled newspaper. Apply firm, even pressure and work into all corners. The ink in the newspaper works to polish and shine the window, leaving it sparkling clean without haze or streaks.

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