House and Home

8 Steps to Really Clean Windows


It's time to let in the sunshine, and the first step is scrubbing all the scum off your windows. Cleaning these panes might seem like a huge pain, but with the help of Martha Stewart, who has just launched her own line of eco-friendly cleaning products, you can get those windows streak-free in no time! 

  • Schedule the projectChoose a time when the sun is not shining directly on the windows. Its hot rays can cause the cleaning solution to dry, which will result in streaks. 
  • Clean the surfaceWith a soft-bristle brush, dust away cobwebs and loose dirt from windows and frames. Don’t forget hinges, sills, and tracks. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands, especially if the frames are old and splintery. 
  • Make the cleaning solutionMix 1 part white vinegar and 1 part hot water for a cleaning solution that's effective and eco-friendly. 
  • Prevent a messBefore cleaning the inside of each window, place an absorbent terrycloth towel along the windowsill to catch drips. 
  • Wet the glassUsing a sponge, wet (but don’t drench) the windowpane with the vinegar and water solution, and rub away the dirt. Try to keep the solution from coming into contact with the window frames as much as possible. 
  • Prime a squeegeeWet the rubber blade; a dry one will skip. 
  • Wipe the glassStarting at an upper corner of the pane, draw the squeegee down in a straight, confident stroke. Wipe the rubber edge of the squeegee with a sponge or a lint-free cloth. Return to the top and repeat, slightly overlapping the first stroke. Finish by pulling the squeegee across the bottom of the window. Dry the sill. 
  • Clean the framesWipe surfaces using a cloth dampened with a non-ammomia all-purpose cleaner and water. Rinse them thoroughly with a clean, damp cloth to remove cleaning solution, and dry immediately by wiping with a clean, dry cloth.