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How to Clean Windows with Vinegar

How to Clean Windows with Vinegar

If you have tried to clean your windows with plain vinegar and gotten streaks, there is a simple reason and an easy remedy.

Oddly enough, it was the task of cleaning windows that turned a huge number of well-intentioned, environmentally friendly consumers away from non-toxic cleaning using the simple ingredients that can be found in most kitchen cupboards. Around Earth Day 1990, every newspaper in the country (or so it seemed), offered tips for cleaning in ways that didn’t harm the planet, and the recommendation for windows was almost always to clean them with nothing but vinegar and water. People by the thousands tried this, and many swore off cleaning with homemade products for good because the formula left streaks on their windows. (I wish I had $1 for every time someone has said to me, “Well, I tried non-toxic cleaning and it didn’t work. I used vinegar to clean my windows …”)

The problem was that the commercial window cleaner used before the switch to vinegar left a very fine wax residue. The vinegar alone wasn’t enough to remove it, and the result was streaky windows. If instead, everyone had added a dab of liquid dish soap to the vinegar and water, the wax would easily have been removed and the windows would have been cleaned perfectly! My favorite recipe is to combine 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar, and up to 1/2 teaspoon of liquid soap or detergent in a spray bottle. That’s all there is to it. (Make sure to label the bottle and keep it out of the reach of children.)

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By Annie B. Bond

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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12:03PM PDT on May 30, 2015

Thanks, Annie, we'll try that. :)

9:05PM PDT on May 14, 2015

thank you

11:11PM 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.

1:55AM PST on Feb 12, 2015

It is quite priceless entropy, I love enjoying for getting such type of information. And will promote it to my friends too.
Austin

9:05AM PST on Feb 4, 2015

Ty

7:59AM PST on Jan 28, 2015

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9:19AM PST on Jan 26, 2015

tyfs

9:18AM PST on Jan 26, 2015

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9:25PM PST on Jan 19, 2015

I like methylated spirit mixed with water for windows also. I use both vinegar and water and methylated spirit, whichever I have on hand. Both are good. Thank you for posting...

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