The best window cleaning hacks for a streak-free shine

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Windows can be some of the most frustrating areas of the home to clean. Try as you will, sometimes it’s just not possible to remove these streaks for an otherwise clean glass. Sure, you could take a trip to the cleaning aisle to find an alternative cleaning agent, but there are a few tried and tested homemade concoctions that will do the job just as well (if not a little better).

A popular choice is a mixture of dish soap and warm water, with a spritz of fabric softener added to the mixture. The fabric softener fights traces of detergent and guarantees a streak-free finish. Simply use it on a cloth to wipe down your windows and use a squeegee to remove excess water from the glass.

If you’re having trouble finding the right cloth to clean your window, consider a different material instead. Save some old newspaper and use the pages in your cleaning routine. After spraying the window with your favorite cleaner, crumple the newspaper into a ball and use it to wipe everything away. It removes all detergent and guarantees a streak-free result.

MOLD FREE VERSION

If the area around your window or window sill is likely to develop mold, you don’t have to resort to bleach right away. For an effective spray without harsh chemicals, fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and a few drops of tea tree oil. Spray it on the problem surface and leave it on for half an hour. Wipe away to reveal clean, mold-free windows.

HORIZONTAL BLINDS

If all that unfiltered light streaming through your sparkling clean window is highlighting the dust in your horizontal blinds, there’s a quick and easy way to get them dust-free in no time. Wrap two microfiber towels around both ends of kitchen tongs and secure with rubber bands. Use the pliers to hold each individual shade and gently wipe it across. It collects all the dust and dirt on both sides of the blind. Repeat until the entire blind is finished – you may need to replace the cloths if the blinds are very dusty.

HARD TO REACH PLACES

When dust and grime builds up in window marks, crevices, and other areas that a cloth can’t easily reach, some reliable baking soda/baking soda and vinegar is the best way to quickly remove them. Sprinkle the baking soda in the area and pour vinegar over it. Let them bubble and sit for 10 minutes to loosen the dirt. You can now wipe everything away with a sponge for a shiny result.

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