Look out of your window right now. What do you see?
Streaks? Dirt? Grime? All three? Then it’s time to give your windows a quick clean. This may seem like a pain, but it’s a high-reward chore. Not only will your windows look great, they’re also one of the top five surfaces that make us feel happiest when they’re clean. We’re guessing it’s the extra sunshine!
Need a little more incentive? Here are a few tricks of the trade to make window cleaning easier:
1. Buff Scratches with Toothpaste
If you have tiny scratches in your glass, toothpaste can make them disappear (just make sure you grab a brand with baking soda). Apply a small amount of toothpaste to a soft cloth, then gently rub the scratch for about 30 seconds. Wipe it away with a clean cloth and kiss your scratch goodbye!
2. Wash the Interior First
Unless you have indoor rain, the outside of your windows is going to be a lot dirtier. To prevent nasty cleaning supplies (and potentially a new, inside mess), tackle the interior side of your windows first.
3. Use Coffee Filters
Paper towels tend to leave a messy, cloudy shine. Use coffee filters instead! Due to their texture, they leave a streak-free shine. Bonus: Coffee filters cost about $1 for a pack of 100!
4. Skip the Store-Bought Cleaner
Instead of buying a cleaner at the store, make one at home by mixing equal parts vinegar and warm water. We recommend adding one cup of each ingredient at a time. The vinegar will break down any residue or grease on the surface of the window.
5. Choose a Cloudy Day
If you pick a cloudy day to clean, your windows will look cleaner! This is because sunshine can actually cause streaks (the warmth dries the glass too quickly).
6. Don’t Ignore the Blinds
Dust loves blinds like bees love honey. To keep dust from piling up immediately after you clean, use an antistatic spray (Static Guard is a good option) on the window blinds right after you clean them.