How Do I Keep My Windows Clean with Green Cleaning Methods?

By Ebony Porter, February 8, 2017, Green, Home Improvement

Welcome to Green Cleaning Solutions from Bounce Energy! In this series, we will share our best practices, favorite tips, and homegrown cleaning recipes – all designed to keep your home clean using environmentally friendly products and methods. We’ll help you skip the gadgets and toss the harsh products by embracing cleaning practices that use items you likely have in your possession already. And you might even save money by creating your own cleaning supplies and keeping it simple!

Let’s get your windows looking clear as day!

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In this next installment of our Green Cleaning Solutions series from Bounce Energy, we turn our focus to the portals of light in our homes that bring the outside world in. It’s not only windows that get dirty, but blinds and curtains do, too.

We share our gentle tips on how to keep this part of your home clean, without the use of harsh chemicals that compromise your health, and home.

1) Simple Outdoor Window Washing

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Twice a year, I pull out the ladder, a bucket with dish soap and sponge, a lint free cloth, and our garden hose. I’ve tried other cleaners to wash my outside windows, but they all leave streaks!

Begin by blasting the loose dirt off your windows with the hose. Then use about 2 tablespoons of dish soap and fill your bucket up with water. A simple wash over the windows and edges of the windows with a sponge and soapy water does the trick. Rinse the soap off with water and wipe the windows clean with a cloth. You’ll see from the inside if there are a few areas you missed that didn’t dry, but try to do this on a breezy sunny day and the excess liquid will dry fast. 

2) Indoor Windows

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Use distilled white vinegar to cut through grease and dirt

Commercial window cleaners put harmful chemicals into the air of your home. If you have children, this can be especially dangerous on their young lungs.

We turn to a staple ingredient in our green cleaning methods, and that’s distilled white vinegar. It cuts through grease and dirt, and leaves no film, making it your greatest ally when it comes to green cleaning.

With either an old bottle of glass cleaner emptied, or a new spray bottle, use 2 cups of filtered water, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, and 15 drops of essential oils to your liking. I tend to use tea tree oil for all of my household cleaning because of it’s antibacterial qualities. Plus, I love the scent.

Spray on windows, and wipe off with a lint free cloth. Avoid using paper towels since they’re not environmentally friendly. You can also recycle newspapers for window cleaning, a great way to give them a second life before heading to the recycling bin.

3) Beautiful Blinds

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Dust is not your friend – purchase a microfiber duster to clean the dust off 

Blinds collect dust right before our eyes, and there’s nothing worse than opening your blinds in the morning and being bombarded with dust. Many folks are allergic to dust, and windows blinds are a sneaky place where it lives.

Avoid using the disposable dusting wipes and purchase a duster that can be washed and reused over time. A microfiber duster is a great way to go. There’s no need for an additional cleaning product, and a duster on the blinds surface will whisk the dust away without leaving residue. It also preserves the surface of your blinds, especially if yours are wooden. Avoiding wet cleaners is the best way to ensure their longevity.

4) Cleaning Curtains

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Take your curtains down once a year and wash in cold water on a gentle cycle

Another place that gathers dust throughout the season is your curtains and window treatments. For fancier window treatments that are trimmed with lace, beads, and other accouterments, a simple shake should suffice in dislodging dirt and dust. 

For washable curtains, take them down once a year and wash in cold water on a gentle cycle. Use a gentle soap, too. For curtains made from synthetic materials, take them down and hang them outside in the sun all day. Give them a good shake to remove dust. Dry cleaning is not an environmentally friendly process, so avoid this at all costs and opt for a gentle, inexpensive approach.

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Born in Australia, Ebony has been in Texas long enough to consider herself a Texan-Aussie. Ebony has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and blogs, for more than 10 years. When she's not writing she's building quilts, growing her own food, or camping with her family somewhere far from the sounds of the city.

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