Keeping your home clean is one of the best things you can do, both for your physical and mental health. As Huffington Post details, everything from window cleaning to straightening up your bedroom can have significant health benefits. For instance, as any window washing services worth their salt can tell you, keeping your windows clean will reduce the amount of dust in your home, drastically reducing problems with seasonal allergies. Regular window washing can also help improve the energy efficiency of your home by allowing more sunlight in during the colder months.
If you’re anything like me, I’m not simply content with window washing. I want to clean my windows without having to use chemicals that will hurt my health more than a dirty house can. That’s why I think the best way to clean windows without streaks is by using a homemade cleaning solution and washcloths that I can add to my compost once I’m done with the dirty work.
How to Clean Your Windows Using Only Natural Cleaners
- Make Up a Powerful Cleaner Using Household Ingredients
- Use Compostable Materials as Washcloths
The Ohio-based home improvement contractor Great Day Improvements suggests mixing up equal parts warm water and white, distilled vinegar. Add a touch of strained lemon or lime juice to the mixture, both to give it a nice citrus smell and to ensure the spray doesn’t leave streaks when you clean. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, and use the mixture just as you would an industrial-style cleaner.
As an added bonus, this homemade cleaner not only works well on windows, it also cuts through stove top grime, grease, and other nasties. You can store any leftover fluid you have in the refrigerator almost indefinitely.
Having to wash your washcloths after cleaning your windows is just a waste of your water, which is why the Los Angeles based news station KCET recommends using old newspapers as washcloths. Simply use them like you would a cotton washcloth. Don’t worry; while the ink will get on your hands, it won’t spill over to your windows.
Once you’re finished cleaning your windows, add the newspapers to your compost pile. The natural cleaning fluid and the paper will biodegrade, adding plenty of nutrients to your homemade soil.
What are some of the natural methods you use for window washing in your home? Let us know in the comment section below. References.