How to Clean Your Windows

There’s nothing quite like the afternoon sun streaming through your windows… it makes your house or apartment feel like home. Whether you live in a snowy climate or enjoy perpetual sunshine, whether your dwelling is in the country, city or by the shore, you can bring a bit of the outdoors in when your windows are clean, window treatments are in working order, and when the window sills are free of clutter.

Let’s begin by taking a good look at every windowsill in your home. Sometimes the sill doubles as a practical storage place. In the case of a shower window, the tile sill may be the only place you have to put shampoo, soap and other shower necessities. If that’s the case, make sure that everything on that sill is current; get rid of the empty bottles and nasty old loofahs! Your shower should be a relaxing part of the day. The less clutter, the more peaceful it will feel.

Now take a look throughout the rest of your home. Are you cluttering your windowsills with doo-dads, framed photos or even coasters to rest your coffee cups? As an experiment, find a new home for each of these items and notice the difference in how your windows look. A clear windowsill is easy to clean. It also gives the impression of more open space where light shines through it.

Next, the window treatments. Valances are dust magnets. If yours are metal or wood, step up and clean them off with a Swiffer® sheet or damp paper towel. Be prepared to see some grime and a few dead bugs! If the valance is cloth, take it and your curtains down and throw them in the wash. (You should read the tags first; if they are “dry clean only” then off they go to the cleaners.) If you have blinds, run a hand-held vacuum over them to pick up the dust. You can also use dryer sheets to do this job. My favorite cleaning supplies for the blinds themselves are baby wipes: just wipe and go!

And now for the windows: clean them with a “green” cleaner to avoid nasty fumes. If you want to make your own window cleaner, it’s simple and inexpensive. From the WholeNewMom.com blog comes this recipe. Start from the top, work your way down, and let the sun shine in.

Whether you are spring cleaning, getting ready to have friends over, or just want to enjoy a fresh new view of the world, cleaning your windows, sills and window treatments is a quick and easy way to brighten up your home.

Conna Shannon

Conna Shannon

Conna is a writer, editor and aspiring filmmaker. She's into DIY, upcylcing and macrobiotic cooking. She lives in Monterey, California, with a yellow lab named Daisy.
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