Often people will approach me while I’m cleaning windows and give me a quick folksy comment like : “When you’re done here, you can come to my house!” I typically laugh and give tell them to give me their address and a signed check.
But after our little back and forth they will usually want to know what solution they can use at home to clean their windows. Or they might want to tell me that their “mother always used vinegar and dish soap and nothin’ works better than that.” The truth is, there are many different ingredients and combinations you can use to clean your windows at home, and it just comes down to your preference.
If you really just want to keep it simple:
A few drops of Dawn dish soap per liter of water will do a great job to remove film and dirt. One thing I learned is that you don’t want to shake up the soap and water and make a lot of bubbles – that doesn’t do anything but create a mess.
- Add your water first, then a few drops of soap, and gently turn the mixture back and forth a few times to let the soap blend with the water.
- For tough jobs that need more than just dish soap, you can add an agent like distilled vinegar, denatured alcohol or even a dash of hydrogen peroxide to the soap solution to help cut through the grease and grime that have collected. Again, just a bit will do – maybe .5 ounce per liter.
Spray a bit of your solution directly on the window, spread evenly with an applicator. For harder stains or sticky residue, you can use 0000 Grade Steel-Wool for extra scrubbing power (Warning : do not use steel-wool on tinted windows – it will leave scratches). Finally, wipe dry with a clean microfiber towel.
Bingo. You have yourself a clean window!