The Best Window Cleaning Solutions

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Vinegar can make an effective cleaning solutions for windows.
Vinegar can make an effective cleaning solutions for windows. (Image: window image by spectator from Fotolia.com)

Cleaning windows is a daunting task, but neglecting to clean them results in an unsightly appearance, complete with water spots, streaks and a lack of clarity. Of course, if you clean your windows with the wrong solutions, you may find yourself with even worse spots and streaks. When embarking on your window washing task, consider some of the most useful cleaning solutions.

Vinegar

Vinegar removes difficult water spots, because it absorbs hard deposits without leaving streaks. Mix 1 tbsp. white household vinegar with 1 qt. water and put it in a spray bottle for a homemade glass cleaner. For best results, use distilled water. Do not use vinegar with more than 5-percent concentration.

Ammonia

Ammonia is in most commercial glass cleaners and serves as an effective weapon against water deposits, stains and streaks. Mix 1 tbsp. ammonia and 1 qt. water in a spray bottle. Do not mix ammonia with vinegar under any circumstances. Choose one solution or the other.

Dishwashing Detergent

In the same way that dishwashing detergent can restore shine to glasses and plates, it can restore shine and clarity to windows. Mix 1 tbsp. dishwashing detergent and 1 qt. water in a spray bottle. Allow the detergent to dissolve into the water and spray your windows.

Rubbing Alcohol

By mixing equal parts water and rubbing alcohol (70 percent concentration), you can create an effective window cleaning solution that boasts streak-free results, as long as you effectively dry your windows quickly. For an even more effective solution, add 1 tbsp. of vinegar to your solution.

Multilayered Solution

For a multi-layered homemade window cleaning solution, mix 1/2 cup of ammonia, 1 tsp. dishwashing detergent, 1 pint rubbing alcohol and enough water for 1 gallon of total liquid. This solution may prove effective even when others fail, for instance if windows contain layers of grime from months or even years of accumulation.

Commercial Glass Cleaner

If you want to bypass the home remedies, purchase a commercial cleaning product designed specifically for windows. When selecting a commercial glass cleaner, always try to find products containing ammonia for best results.

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