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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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4:06PM PDT on Apr 30, 2015

I've also used rubbing alcohol.

9:17PM PDT on Apr 23, 2015

thank you windex makes me dizzy

4:24AM PDT on Mar 11, 2015

Good old Vinegar - so many great uses in the household as well as being great to eat! Thanks for the information here!

3:58AM PDT on Mar 11, 2015

Great blog!! I absolutely love vinegar. It's cheap, versatile, eco friendly and incredibly effective. I use it to clean virtually everything including windows. I even wrote a blog about cleaning windows with vinegar. You can check it out here:
http://www.asitshouldbecleaning.com/blog/how-to-clean-windows/

11:10PM PST on Feb 12, 2015

...because recycling also spends energy

11:30AM PST on Feb 12, 2015

A nice way to get vinegar (at least in my country), is in the local pharmacies, in the concentrated form (70 %) where you dissolve 1L in the 7 L of water. That way there's less plastic containers to recycle (one 1 L plasic container instead od 7 1L containers if ordinary vinegar bought). Also you save money.

12:51AM PST on Dec 25, 2014

Ty

12:51AM PST on Dec 25, 2014

Ty

12:50AM PST on Dec 25, 2014

Ty

10:09AM PST on Nov 17, 2014

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

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