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Window Cleaning Made Easy

September 19th, 2011 Bed and Bath

It's no fun cleaning your mirrors and windows with paper towels or rags that leave streaks and lint all over the glass. Get much better results by taking advantage of supplies around the house that you may not have considered before.

DIY cleaner
Window cleaning solutions aren't always in the budget, but luckily you can make your own that will get the job done just as well. Just mix a teaspoon of cornstarch and a teaspoon of liquid dish soap into a gallon of warm water. Soak it up with a sponge and dry with a squeegee for a sparkling clean.

Coffee filters
If you're a coffee drinker, chances are you have some of these lying around in your kitchen. Instead of a paper towel, use filters to wipe down shiny surfaces like mirrors or windows. They won't leave any fuzzies behind and offer a streak-free finish.

T-shirts
Use an old t-shirt to rub off any streaks left behind after a cleaning job. The soft fabric won't damage slick surfaces and leftover cleaning solution won't stand a chance.

Newsprint
Pages from phonebooks and newspapers are a good substitute for towels or rags. They'll buff your windows and mirrors to perfection without leaving a trace.

Glass Wax
Glass wax can give your windows, mirrors and bathroom and kitchen fixtures the ultimate sparkle. Apply the wax after cleaning. Let it sit until it dries, then use one of the paper towel alternatives to wipe it off for a glistening finish and practically invisible windows. Plus, the wax will repel water and dirt better than a naked finish, which means you won't have to clean as often. Bonus!