Today I took on the daunting task of cleaning windows. I have been putting this off for a little bit too long now, but wanted to get as much outside around the house cleaned up as I could before the snow starts to fly. Over the years of living on my own I have used a lot of different products to clean windows and mirrors. I have tried brand name window cleaners thinking that they would be the best, and I’ve also tried knock-of brands as well hoping that they would do the trick, but no such luck.
This frustrated me. I had beads of sweat on my forehead from scrubbing the sliding patio door and even when I had cleaned it three times, it still looked as if I had never even attempted this task.
I started thinking back to growing up and what my family and friends had used for this. My Mom and Grandma both used name brand cleaners and paper towels for the job. And then it dawned on me. I used to work in a little variety store out in the country close to where I grew up, and I remember being asked to clean the hand prints from a little guy off of the front door of the store. I was given a cleaning solution and newspaper.
Newspaper!? That can’t seriously work. I was shocked at how well a piece of crumpled up black and white newspaper worked to clean the windows. The cleaning solution however, I could not remember what it consisted of, so today I took some time to make my own.
This was honestly quick and painless. Here is what you’ll need!
– 1 Spray Bottle
– 2 Cups Water
– 1/4 Cup White Vinegar
– 1/4 Cup Rubbing Alcohol
– 1 TBSP Corn Starch
Shake this up in your bottle grab some newspaper and get it done!
Let me tell you, I don’t think I have ever seen my bathroom mirror as clean as it is now! The sliding patio doors? Not a spot of dirt left on them.
What was a daunting task that originally took hours to complete was done quickly enough I could put my feet up on a Sunday evening and enjoy a glass of wine.
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