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Monday, September 16, 2013

Best Way to Wash Windows

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This is how to wash windows

When I was a lad, I always washed our house's windows. It was a fairly old house, and it had a lot of old windows, the type with the panes, much like you see here - except, of course, older.

Anyway, I always used old newspaper to wash them. I never thought much about that, I just figured that we had a lot of extra newspapers around and they might as well be put to some kind of use.

Turns out there was a method to the madness. Unlike paper or cloth towels, newspaper is absorbent without leaving lint behind.

Nowadays, I use commercial sprays because I usually have them handy. However, again, back in the day, we just mixed something up and went for it. Ah, the simple days, when you actually made something yourself and didn't just buy it ready made!

Actually, those were better days. Instead of using some fancy spray and wiping off paper towels, leaving bits of lint and so forth on the windows, the combination of newspaper and home-made solution worked wonders.

If you are interested, below is a formula I came across somewhere which provides a nice solution for the window-washing chore. Now, when I was a wee lad, the solution I used generally took the form of about half a gallon of warm water a shot of either ammonia or Comet. Worked all right. But below is a fancy formula someone came up with, and since it requires such a precise formulation, it must be good!

Who'd have thought to use corn starch to wash the windows!

Mix 2 cups hot water
¼ cup vinegar
1 TBS of cornstarch
Shake in spray bottle
Spritz the windows
Wipe down with crumpled newspaper

I am assured that this will leave your windows looking like a professional cleaned them. We shall see.