I need to tell you this for a few reasons.
First, I need to tell you because I don't think you would notice if I didn't tell you. You know, considering y'all aren't here in my house and all.
Second, I need to tell you because it's a rare occurrence. It's a lot of work to wash windows. And it's frustrating because they always end up streaky. Urgh. It's true that something is better than nothing, but as a perfectionist*, I'd rather not do it at all if it's not going to be perfect. This is also why I don't like sweeping, by the way. I can never do it perfectly. There's also the matter of TPAD, which makes me think that cleaning the windows is going to take a really long time.
And finally, I need to tell you because my windows are so sparkly. No streaking! I just keep staring at them, mesmerized by their clarity. And I need to tell you how that happened.
So for the outside of the windows, I use the Windex All-In-One Window Cleaning Tool. I bought it years ago on clearance, and this summer I found the refill pads on clearance, too. I bought four, which at my current rate of window cleaning is about a 15 year supply. I'm happy with how it works, and I'm ecstatic that I don't have to make a difficult job even difficult-er by having to haul out the ladder and carry it around with me.
On the inside of the windows I used a recipe I found online. Unfortunately, I did not write down quantities, nor do I remember where I stumbled upon this window cleaning recipe, so y'all are going to have to wing it, like I did.
I wrote down:
- squirt of dish soap
- 1/2 c. vinegar
wipe; buff dry
Yeah. Good luck, friends!
OK, if you insist on more specific quantities and instructions, I'd say I used about one tablespoon of concentrated dish soap, about one cup white vinegar, and about two quarts of water in a bucket. I soaped up the windows using a microfiber cloth, and then I dried the windows using a dry microfiber cloth. Yes, it smelled like vinegar while I was washing, but the smell dissipated quickly. I'll link to some microfiber cloths here, but I bought mine from The Dollar Tree.
I'm genuinely surprised by how well this worked. Yippee for clean windows! Let me know if you try it.
* It's true. I'm a perfectionist, and it can be paralyzing. I bet you didn't know that about me. I'm much more of a don't bother if you can't do it perfectly perfectionist, though, as opposed to a get all things perfect at all costs perfectionist, so that's probably why you didn't realize. Now that I know this about myself, I'm learning to be OK with something, even if it's imperfect, being better than nothing.