Homemade window cleaning solution

Aug 24th, 2011

Funny story, but first a disclaimer: do not judge me for this.

I have now lived in my house for two years. My backyard is finally done, and that used to be my excuse as to why my windows were filthy. Why would I spend my time and effort to clean my windows when the backyard was dirt, ya know? Well, for Mother’s day, my hubby asked me what I wanted, and I told him that I wanted the windows professionally cleaned. He thought I was kidding. I wasn’t.

Man, isn’t it funny how I can be totally thrifty in one area and then be sooooo lazy about washing my own windows for almost two years? My neighbor’s window guy came over and gave me a quote and it would have only been about $90.00 for the whole house (inside and out). My husband would not let me do it. Granted, I was just being lazy, and I totally knew it.

So, he tried to clean them for me. I even tried to clean them and both of us made them look TERRIBLE. There were just way too much dirt to make a difference. So, I bought the Windex outdoor cleaner that you hook to your hose for like $10.00. It was terrible too. It didn’t work.

Well, the other day I decided to attack the windows. Basically I got off my high horse and did it. I was surprised how great they turned out.

I used a recipe for a homemade cleaning solution that I found here and it worked fabulously. The entire back of my house only took me about 20 minutes. Why did I think it was going to be so hard?

Here is the recipe that I used:
1 gallon of hot water (in a bucket)
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 t. of liquid dish soap

The windows were bad enough that they needed to be scrubbed with a scrub brush first with the solution. I used my husband’s car washing brush since it had a long pole attached to it. It came in handy to reach the top of the windows.

 I then used a squeegee to finish the job. Londyn (my three year old daughter) helped me. :) To prevent streaking, I wiped down the squeegee in between uses with paper towels.

It looked a million times better than it did before, and it literally took me 20 minutes.

Lesson learned. DON’T BE LAZY, Brooke!!!!  (yes, that is me yelling at myself).

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