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The best way to wash outside windows

Updated February 21, 2017

Windows exposed to outdoor conditions quickly become covered with a layer of film, as pollen, dirt, hard water spots from rain and other elements accumulate and leave a cloudy haze on your otherwise clear windows. To remove all of this built up residue, it is important to wash the windows with the most effective cleaning routine. Instead of purchasing commercial window cleaning products, make your own homemade window cleaning solution.

Fill a spray bottle with 2 cups of warm water, 2 cups of white vinegar and 1 tsp dish soap. The vinegar will cut through the residue and the dish soap will assist in this process. Both ingredients dry free of streaks or spots.

Spray the solution onto your windows. Let the solution sit for five seconds.

Wipe the windows in large circular wipes with a handful of crumpled newspaper or a lint-free cloth. Both work well and will leave no small lint particles behind as paper towels would do.

Repeat this procedure, spraying and wiping as needed until all windows are cleaned to your satisfaction.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • Vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Newspaper or lint-free cloths
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Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.