How To Wash Windows With Distilled White Vinegar

Whether or not you've just gotten new windows installed by a company like Century Roofing Company Inc, there's no need to use expensive, chemical-laden cleaners to wash your windows when simple vinegar will do the trick. You most likely already have distilled white vinegar on hand in your pantry, and the all-natural solution will give your windows a fresh, squeaky-clean sparkle. The next time you're deep-cleaning your home, skip the costly window cleaners and opt for multipurpose vinegar instead. 

Here is how to clean your windows with environmentally-friendly vinegar:

1. For best results, clean your windows during the time of day when the sun isn't shining directly on them, which could cause the water to dry in streaks or spots. If you're washing your exterior windows, use a soft-bristled brush to remove any dust or cobwebs from the sills, panes and tracks.

2. Fill a large, clean bucket with one part distilled white vinegar and one part hot water. Stir the solution to thoroughly combine. If you're cleaning your interior windows, line the sills with cotton or paper towels to absorb any drips. 

3. For both exterior and interior windows, begin by dipping a clean, soft sponge into the vinegar solution and squeezing out the excess water. Gently rub the damp sponge over the windows to remove any dirt and grime. Depending on how dirty the windows are, dip the sponge into the solution and repeat the process as much as needed. 

4. After cleaning the windows with the sponge, it's time to create a streak-free shine using a squeegee. Wet the squeegee blade with water and position it in the upper corner of the wet window pane and move it down in a straight line to remove excess water and thoroughly dry the glass.If any of the window panes dry before you get to them with the squeegee, simply re-moisten them with a spray bottle filled with the vinegar and water solution. 

5. Wipe the squeegee's rubber blade clean with a cloth or paper towel after each stroke to remove excess water and any leftover dirt and debris. Wet the blade before each new stroke, as a dry blade won't slide as smoothly down the glass. 

6. Repeat the process across the top of the window, slightly overlapping the strokes to prevent streaks.

7. Dry any corners that the squeegee's blade couldn't reach with a clean cloth. Finish the process by wiping up any excess vinegar and water solution off of the window sills, frames and tracks with a clean cloth.