Dust, temperature variations, humidity and condensation, all leave traces of dirt and grime on your home windows. There are many “friendly” solutions to the environment that can help you keep your windows clean.
You can clean your windows resorting to various natural products that you find in your home.
Let’s see how:
Wash Your Windows with Vinegar and Water or Alcohol
Even if it seems an outdated solution, vinegar cleans thoroughly your window glass and gives it a special sheen. Use a solution of vinegar and water (1:4) to spray the windows, then wipe them with a clean cloth. You can replace vinegar with alcohol and you have the same results.
However, if you’re worried about the smell of vinegar or alcohol, you can add in solution two drops of orange oil. This will reduce the pungent odor.
It is advisable to use a lint-free cloth, or even a suede product for accurate and fast cleaning. Also, you can use a special cloth wiped windows can be purchased from any hardwood store. Another solution is to use paper towels. Avoid papers because, in combination with vinegar or alcohol and water, they will leave traces of paint on your windows. The traces can occur as long spots, stripes or may be almost imperceptible until the first rain.
Remove the Paint Stains
Vinegar can be used successfully to remove the paint stains on the glass. If the stains are older and do not go out with vinegar, use a solution of 250 ml of hot water and a tablespoon of baking soda. Soak a cloth or a piece of cloth in the solution, and rub the paint stain thoroughly until it is removed it.
If the glass is stained with oil-based paint, which is removed it harder, you will need to turn to products less “friendly” to the environment. So, you can use a special paint remover or a concentrated solution of caustic soda.
Clean Stains on Glass with a Potato
If your windows are stained, you can clean them with a slice of raw potato. Rub the stain thoroughly with potato slices and then let it dry a few minutes. After the potatoes traces are dry, erase with a solution of rubbing alcohol and water.
Wash the Window Frames
Window frames and sills can also be cleaned with a solution of water and bicarbonate. Use 500 ml of warm water you poured 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate and wipe the frames and sills with a soft cloth. If the frames are extremely dirty, use a nylon bristle brush or an abrasive pad. Also, you can use a solution of warm water and soap. If you choose this option, you need to wipe the surface with a damp cloth afterwards to prevent traces. However, if using a bicarbonate solution, no need to rinse afterwards.
If your windows are made of wood, after washing, you can wipe them with a piece of cotton soaked in lemon oil to give them a special sheen.