Spring has finally reached Chicagoland and it is time to clean the windows, covered with a thin film of fall and winter grime. There are some great recipes for window cleaning solutions, I will tell you the two I have tried at the end of this blog, but I do want to share a tip for drying the windows without streaking:
Sponge on the cleaner then wipe off with crumpled newspapers (not colored print). Believe it or not the crumpled newspapers keep the windows from streaking. Recycle the paper when you are done.
Do not clean the windows when the sun is shining on them, they will dry too fast and leave streaks before they can be wiped.
Wash one side of the window up and down and the other side to side. That way if there is any residual streaking you know what side to polish.
Two recipes that I have tried ( the 2nd one is the one I normally use):
1. 2 cups isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) , 1/2 cup amonia, 1 tsp liquid dish detergent and top off with water until you have 1 gallon of cleaner
2. 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 1/2 cup amonia, 1/2 cup white vinegar and top off with warm water until you have 1 gallon. Make sure the cornstarch is dissolved.
Happy Cleaning! Let me know if you have any tips on making those windows glisten.