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How to Clean Windows

Published April 23, 2021

Marc M.

By Marc M.

Cleaning your windows twice a year is an easy way to keep your home looking its best, but window cleaning is an often overlooked task. Learn how to make your own window cleaning solution and how to wash windows for a streak-free view and maximum natural light in your home.

Gather Window Cleaning Supplies

A squeegee and scrubber cleaning tool in front of a window looking out into a backyard.

There are many glass cleaners that'll get your windows clean and streak free, so you can choose the one that works best for your home. You can also easily make your own solution for cleaning windows with vinegar and other household items. Combine equal parts vinegar and rubbing alcohol, and add a couple drops of dishwashing liquid. No rubbing alcohol? Mix equal parts vinegar and hot water, and you have an all-natural cleaner that works great. Pour the cleaner into a spray bottle and you're ready to go.

Once you have a window cleaning spray, think about your window cleaning tools. You can clean the windows with any kind of towel or cleaning cloth, but to get the windows looking their best, try a window cleaning tool such as a squeegee and scrubber combo. The scrubber removes dirt and grime, and the squeegee helps prevent streaking. If you're cleaning higher windows, look for one that includes a telescoping or screw-on extension arm or a separate extension handle.


Follow the instructions and safety precautions for any cleaning product you use. Wear appropriate safety gear such as goggles and cleaning gloves.

Wash the Windows

Two windows on a home with brown vinyl siding behind an outdoor loveseat, table and chair.

Cleaning windows twice a year with the simple steps below help will keep your home looking its best.

If you notice pinesap or other gunk on the window exteriors, use a window scraper or a plastic putty knife to remove the residue before you begin washing the windows.


Clean the Window Sills, Frames and Casings

A living room with a bench in front of windows with white casing on a blue wall.

As a part of your window cleaning project, don't forget the window sills, frames and casings.

These components get dirty and dusty, and excess moisture may have allowed mold growth. Wear goggles — nonvented goggles are best if you're dealing with mold — cleaning gloves with extended cuffs and a safety mask/respirator.


Make sure any commercial cleaner you use is labeled for the surface you're cleaning. It's a good idea to test any cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area before using it to clean a larger area.


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