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4 Hacks for Window Washing

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Windows can instantly warm up a room, both literally and figuratively. On a sunny day, you might pull the curtains to the side, open the blinds and let the rays naturally light up your entire room. But when your windows aren't clean, you can't get the full enjoyment of a beautiful day. Fortunately, washing them is relatively quick and simple - and it makes all the difference in the beauty and comfort of your home.

Use newspaper to wash your windows.Use newspaper to wash your windows.

1. Ditch the Rags
When washing your windows, you might want to switch from rags or paper towels to other materials that will leave your windows free of streaks and bothersome marks. Opt for newspaper or coffee filters, which can help sop up your cleaning spray without leaving any traces behind. But beware of using newspapers to wipe your windows, as the ink could rub off on your windowsill - not to mention, on your hands. Wear gloves and keep a damp rag nearby to clean up any ink stains. 

"Vinegar is a great natural cleaning agent."

2. Use Vinegar
Vinegar is a great natural cleaning agent that you probably already have lying around your house somewhere. Use it on your windows to keep them sparkly clean without exposing yourself and those in your household to any harsh chemicals while you clean. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explained that it's important to properly ventilate your home if you choose to use chemically based cleaning agents, including those used to wash windows.

3. Erase Streaks
Using newspaper or coffee filters to wash your windows should leave you with shiny windows that are streak-free. However, if you prefer to stick to your tried-and-true cleaning rags, there could be some bothersome streak marks, no matter how much care you put into the chore. You could simply leave them there, but if you're a perfectionist, you'll want to try this trick: Pick up a chalkboard eraser from a crafts store and use it to gently buff away the streaks. Like magic, they'll be gone.

4. Clean the Surrounding Area
Don't forget to clean the windowsills and wash dusty curtains while you clean your windows. After all, the actual glass isn't the only thing people will notice about your windows. Be sure to pull down curtains once a month and wash them to get rid of dust and pollen that could build up in the fibers. You should also periodically wipe down window sills and use a cotton ball dipped in vinegar to tackle grime in those hard to reach areas.


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