So anyhow. We've lived in our house for nearly 4 years. And I've washed the windows maybe two or at the most, three times. *Blush*
Yesterday I set out to wash my front window. Not the whole house. Not the whole front of the house. Just the living room window. I needed a starting point! Because I bought a junky, store-brand knock-off of "Windex" I didn't have anything suitable for actually doing the job.
So I looked in an old magazine I had and found a solution for window cleaner:
2 quarts water
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
1/2 teaspoon dish soap (ultra concentrated such as Joy)
You can either put this in a bucket and apply with a rag, or put the solution in a spray bottle.
It did the job rather nicely. While I was working it dawned on me that I could have used white vinegar instead of the rubbing alcohol for a "greener" cleaner. Well, I'll try that next time.
And now, since I'm such the expert on cleaning windows, I'll give you some tips:
- Look at the window (or mirror) at a 45% angle instead of straight at it. You'll be able to see the streaks.
- Streaks are caused if you leave any moisture on the window. Make sure to rub the window completely dry.
- I didn't do this, but I should have - on the outside move the rag up and down, and on the inside of the window, go back and forth. Then if you see a streak, you'll know which side it is on.
There you have it! I'm looking out my (mostly) streak-free window, enjoying my pretty flowers that are on the front porch!
I need to do my windows more often!
Something cute: it was hot and muggy out yesterday, and when I was hosing off the window screens, I saw two boys walk by. Soon I heard, "Excuse me, Miss. Could you spray me?" I laughed and adjusted the nozzle to a gentler water stream and the little boy walked into the spray, spread his arms out and said, "ahhhhhh". *Smiles* I was tempted to spray myself! It looked really refreshing!