Have you been wondering how to tackle the job of getting your outside windows clean?
We have a second story deck/sitting room with lots of large windows – and the birds seem to especially target them as their ‘dumping ground’.
Along with the regular dirt and grime, it kind of ruins the view!
So I was really happy to see this article by Carole Pagan, author of How to Clean House Fast – Get It Done and Get On With Your Life (this was one of our most popular items when she published it as Secret Confessions of a Clean Freak in ebook form – I personally love it) who has shared with us a really fun and unique way to get those windows clean.
NOTE: I recently was in Home Depot and bought an attachment for the hose that you can add a bottle of fertilizer to spray outside flowers with. I’m still not sure if I’m going to use it because I’ve always grown 100% organic but I’m thinking I may give them the odd shot here and there.
But this is another way that I am going to use it. Rather than use the bottle of fertilizer, I’m going to attach a bottle with some dish soap, water and vinegar in it (following Carole’s instructions below).
If you’ve got outside windows that need cleaning, here’s the trick…
WINDOW WASHING SECRET
by Carole Pagan
I’ve refined my secret window washing technique a little bit. If you’re like me and don’t have the time right now to ‘properly’ wash the windows – I mean, all that hanging out the window, or dragging the big ladder out, and up and down the ladder – it’s a whole day project!
I have devised a sneaky little system that will allow you to get the windows pretty clean. It won’t be as good as if you actually washed and shined them up, but it will take the majority of the grime off quickly.
If you have someone who can be inside the house and flip the windows up and down for you, this will go even faster!
You want to make a mixture of 1 cup of white vinegar and one gallon of warm water. Add a few drops of dish-washing liquid. Just a few drops!
I have a spray bottle that sprays pretty far.
Or use your kids Super Soaker.
Or you can use on of those bottles that attaches right to the hose.
You would have to decrease the water because the hose will automatically add water to the mix as it sprays.
- Start on one side of the house.
- From the inside, you’ll want to move all of the storm windows and screens down so that the outside of the interior window is exposed.
- Do the windows in the same order through every step so the first window has time to dry while you move to the others.
- Spray the window with the cleaning solution.
- Let it sit for about a minute.
- Rinse off with the hose.
- Now, put the storms in the closed position. Spray and rinse, again in the same order as before.
- Now, move the lower storm and screen up so the outside of the interior window is exposed. Spray with cleaning solution and rinse.
Ta-Da! One side is done.
Vacuum off the screens and wipe them down if needed.
Do a quick clean on the inside.
Like I said, its not going to be perfect, but the windows will look a whole lot better and you can go do something else.
Sometimes good enough is good enough, don’t ya think?
And honestly, you are the only person that will notice that they’re not perfect.
Want an Easy Way to Get Your Outside Windows Green and Clean?
And lots of other things!
Martha Green has put together a book of cleaning for outdoors – a collection of tips and recipes to do your outside cleaning tasks using natural ingredients.
Easy to use – a must read, especially with spring cleaning chores to do outside just around the corner.
Or get her entire collection – it’s worth 3.99 in inspiration alone – but has a ton of great tips to get you ‘real clean’.