Glancing out your window on a beautiful day only to notice streaks can be irritating, to say the least. But how to get rid of them? When it comes to window cleaning products, the old go-to is ammonia based products. However, given environmental and health concerns, the trend is changing to simple and natural based cleaners.

There are many plant-based cleaners on the market, but they are rather costly. You most likely have everything you need for clean, streak-free windows right in your food pantry!

Best Ways To Clean Windows Without Streaks

You can make your own cost effective, natural window cleaning solution from basic and simple ingredients. Our suggested formula is one part white vinegar and one part hot water. If the smell of vinegar isn’t for you, you may want to add a few drops of essential oils such as orange, lemon or lavender.  Adding a few drops of oils should not have any adverse effect on streaking. With that in mind, here are some other tips to eliminate those streaks that get in the way of your view:

Cleaning From Outside

  1. Avoid cleaning an outside window when there is direct sunlight hitting the window. The heat will cause the cleaning solution to dry too fast and cause streaking.
  2. Use a squeegee (with attached sponge) or a large sponge to apply the cleaning solution to the window. Use a small brush or old toothbrush to clean around window edges.
  3. Wet the rubber blade of the squeegee with the solution, and then start at the top of the window applying even downward strokes and wiping the blade with a clean sponge after each stroke. Repeat until entire window is clean and dry. Wipe any excess moisture off with a clean, lint-free microfiber cloth. If this is not available, consider using crumbled newspaper. Avoid using paper towels, as they can leave behind lint.

Cleaning From Inside

When cleaning the inside of the windows, there are some differences to keep in mind:

  1. If the idea of so much vinegar makes you cringe, you may consider adjusting the solution for indoor use. Cleaning the indoor sides of the windows often do not require as strong of a solution. Consider a one part white vinegar per four to eight parts hot water solution instead. You can always experiment and decide what works for you.
  2. Use a clean spray bottle, add the ingredients, and shake.
  3. Spray surface using a circular motion and wipe with your clean cloth (or newspaper). Wipe from side to side, then up and down in straight line motion. Then finish by wiping all four corners in a framing motion. Stand back and touch up the surface with a clean cloth as necessary.

Follow all of these tips and you’ll be pleased with your window’s streak-free shine. Inside and out!