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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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3:29AM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

thanks, I always use the vinegar for cleaning

4:29AM PDT on Jun 1, 2014

Thanks

12:16PM PST on Feb 25, 2014

Thanks...

5:08PM PST on Feb 21, 2014

Thanks

10:15PM PST on Feb 20, 2014

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

10:04PM PST on Feb 20, 2014

I wipe the inside in 1 direction the outside another direction that way if there are streaks you can tell where they are.

7:19AM PST on Feb 10, 2014

Thank you

2:22AM PST on Feb 2, 2014

Thanks

8:50PM PST on Jan 26, 2014

Jilly D.
5:37AM PDT on Oct 10, 2013
Is there anything to help mask the smell of the vinegar? That's the only problem I have using it.
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I agree Jilly. I have Asthma and it actually affects my breathing. I have used to clean my washing machine with baking soda (No bleach and it does a great job. The scent can be offensive but I would live with it if it was not affecting my breathing. Sometimes making a paste with baking soda depending what you are cleaning ,will help. You can't do mirrors with that.

Any suggestions I would love to know.

TY for posting!

10:25AM PST on Jan 25, 2014

We have three ways: clockwise, counter-clockwise, and up/down! :-) Thank you for sharing.

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