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3 Ways to Clean Your Windows with Vinegar

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3 Ways to Clean Your Windows with Vinegar

Finally the days are becoming clear and sparkling, although I’d be hard-pressed to tell if I were to rely upon the blurry view from my winter-grimed windows. How do windows become so speckled and what can one do about it?

One of the earliest DIY housecleaning formulas that the media latched on to way back when was to clean your windows with vinegar. Remember that? It was a good idea, the only problem was, according to Annie B. Bond, that years of using commercial products left a residue on windows that wasn’t adequately handled by the vinegar. The result? Streaky windows and a lackluster reputation for homemade housecleaning formulas.

So if you are looking at the world through dirty windows and want an inexpensive and natural way to clean them, you might need a tweak on the simple vinegar formula. Try one of these methods depending on your situation.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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12:51AM PST on Dec 25, 2014


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10:09AM PST on Nov 17, 2014

What do windows have in common with gherkins? Both go well with vinegar. :-)

9:28AM PDT on Oct 18, 2014


3:29AM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

thanks, I always use the vinegar for cleaning

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10:15PM PST on Feb 20, 2014

Summerannie M, a very good tip as I also always use the regular vinegar for cleaning.

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