Cleaning windows is something I used to forget I was supposed to do quite often. But lately I learned the hard lesson, that dried mud and dust is almost impossible to remove from the glass, and from then I started paying more attention to these parts of my home. Also, while I was trying to scrub out all the dirt from the window surface, I realised that the regular cleaning solutions I buy from the store are not so efficient as they say. To compare, I cleaned one window with only white vinegar, and the results were much better than the ones I got using a regular glass cleaner. From this point, I decided to only use natural ingredients, in order to achieve perfect window cleaning results. Here are the ingredients I use.
Cornstarch. Cornstarch has many purposes around the home, one of which is for cleaning. You can use it to clean and scrub off all kinds of dirt from many surfaces, including your windows. If you notice any build ups on the outside parts of the windows, just make a paste out of some cornstarch and water, and gently apply it with a soft cloth, in order to remove it. The cornstarch can be also used to mask and remove shallow scratches from the window surface. You’ll just need to make a thick paste with some water and apply it to the scratch. Rub it a little, so it can fully fill the space, than rinse it with some warm water and dry with a clean towel or cloth.
White vinegar. The white vinegar is well known for its strong acidic and cleaning properties. You can use it to clean almost all kinds of surfaces, without the need to worry about scratches or damage of any kind. The only thing I would never use it on are gentle porous tiles, because they absorb too much of it. But for cleaning windows effectively, the white vinegar is one of your best options. You can use it separately to clean from slightly to heavily stained windows, or in combination with other natural ingredients, like lemons, baking soda, cornstarch and other. It all depends what kind of dirt you’re trying to clean and how long has it stayed on the window surface. The vinegar also has very strong disinfecting properties, so you won’t have to worry about germs on the glass surface.
Lemon juice. Lemon juice, just like the vinegar, is a very effective and acidic cleaning ingredient, used in many aspects of the household cleaning work. You can use it on your windows, just like the vinegar. It can be used separately or in a combination with other ingredients, like baking soda or cornstarch, depending on how dirty your windows actually are. Except for its cleaning powers, the lemon juice also has strong disinfecting, whitening and freshening properties. It will not only leave the windows perfectly clean and sparkling, but will also make sure the entire room smells like fresh lemons.
A potato. This is a very old solution I remember from when I was a child – you just need to cut a potato in half and rub the starch onto the window glass. It will trap all the grime, and you won’t have to worry about dirt dripping from anywhere. Also, it’s quite easy to say when you’re done with the cleaning of your windows, when you use a potato, because there will be white potato starch in the places you haven’t wiped. And it will even turn black if you leave it on the window pane for long. So, no chance to leave any spots dirty. And last, but definitely not least important, the potato starch is a great window cleaning solution for people with allergies, because there is no scent or chance for skin irrigations of any kind.