The Damsel once heard a famous cleaning expert speak. During the question and answer period, a worried wife asked him what was the first thing he noticed, as far as cleanliness goes, when he went over to someone’s house. He promptly replied, the windows. The Damsel is pretty sure the wife started crying at that point. It’s hard to say for sure because the Damsel was sobbing herself and it was hard to concentrate.
Why are windows the bane of our existence? Why?
Let the Damsel make one part easier: the cleaning solution.
As you may have heard, you can clean windows with an old-school mixture of vinegar and water. For some folks, this is all that needs be said. Cheapo vinegar, about 1/4 cup, per 2 cups water. Why pay for it to be blue?
However, some folks say this mixture leaves streaks. The Damsel puzzled over this. Why would some windows look beautiful with the vinegar stuff and others streak? One possible answer: if you’ve used commercial window cleaner for a long time, there is probably a wax-like buildup on your windows. The vinegar stuff is strong enough to loosen it but not enough to remove it, so you end up smearing the wax stuff around on your windows, making the dreaded streak.
If this sounds familiar, try adding a couple of drops of dish soap to your spray bottle. The soap will cut the wax, eliminating the streak. But, the Damsel insists that you restrict yourself to a couple of drops. More is not better. All you’ll do is trade wax streaks for soapy streaks.
Adding a bit of soap will also help take off grease splatters from kitchen windows. Some homemade window cleaner recipes include ammonia, and the Damsel suspects this is for its grease-cutting properties. But ammonia can damage some painted surfaces and coated glass. And the Damsel does NOT like the way it smells. Let’s just leave it at that.
Other recipes call for rubbing alcohol, probably because of its quick-drying properties. But it’s not as cheap as vinegar, so the Damsel prefers you try the Cheapo first and see how it goes. This is her wish.
Stay tuned for a post on the actual cleaning method.