The Best Way to Clean Windows

I have tried several different methods to cleaning windows (including hose attachments), but I always go back to my tried and true method – The best way to clean windows!

We have had a very dry summer here in Indiana, and we have had our sprinkles on most evenings. Our windows saw a lot of that sprinkler water (which is hard water), and so most of our first floor windows were covered in hard water deposits. It looked terrible.

I have a detailed written tutorial below (including a supply list), but it may be helpful to watch this video tutorial first:

To clean your windows, you will need the following supplies:

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The Best Way to Clean Windows

  1. Mix warm water with white distilled vinegar.

    In a bucket, mix the water and vinegar with a 1:1 ratio.

  2. Using a rag, wipe down the window with the water and vinegar mixture.

    You may need to do this step twice to remove some of the stubborn deposits.

  3. Squeegee the water and vinegar mixture off the window.

    Start at the top of the window and come down.

  4. Wipe down the window with glass cleaner and a paper towel.

    I like to use Sprayway glass cleaner.

Here is a before of my windows:

And here is an after:

My windows are now sparkly clean, and I am going to make sure to keep those sprinklers pointed far away! This method also works well for cleaning interior windows as well. I typically save that job for the winter when I am stuck inside…

I would love to know – what is your favorite method for cleaning windows?

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  1. Valéria says

    hello Sara, I’m from Hungary (in the middle of Europe 🙂 ), first of all sorry for my English :), thanks for the great tutorial! Just one thing. As I’ve experienced citric acid is better than vinegar, esp on glasses. I use 2 tsp/ 500 ml water in a sprinkler. Have a nice day, I’ll browse your wonderful site further!

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