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When washing your windows mix equal parts vinegar and water to use as a cleaner and then use newspaper to dry. Cuts dirt on glass much easier and doesn't leave streak marks. Works inside or outside. It's less expensive and using the paper is more ecological too.
Use vinegar and newspaper to clean those windows and mirrors. It does such an excellent, streak-free job! Vinegar also works for mopping floors, helping to eliminate that pesky separate-cleaner-for-each-job buildup in the chemicals cabinet!
By Bonnie from Spokane, WA
Here is a great inexpensive and ozone friendly tip for cleaning windows and mirrors. Alcohol vinegar is found in almost every household and is a very good cleaning agent. Instead of using expensive and ammonia based window cleaners, I take an empty spray bottle (like the one you buy glass cleaner in), put a little less than 1/4 bottle of vinegar, about 5 drops (or one squeeze of dish lotion), and the rest water.
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I just read several archived posts on cleaning windows with vinegar and newspaper. I would use ammonia. I don't find the scent any more disagreeable than vinegar. And ammonia is a better grease cutter.
More to the point, I would, but I don't. Well, I do, but not with newspaper. The tip for cleaning windows with newspaper has been around for many years, but I have never tried it. I use a solution in a spray bottle and an excellent little squeegee I got from the Dollar Tree for a dollar. Works great.
Now my question. Today's newspapers are printed with a soy based ink. The ink easily comes off the paper and onto other surfaces. How does it produce a streak free window?
I don't read newspapers, so I'll stay with my squeegee. Just curious.
The windows are streak free. The ink has come off on my rubber gloves.