Window Cleaning Made Easy (well, easier)

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I will confess right now that I HATE cleaning windows. However, every now and then I feel the urge to do it – usually when I’m trying to look out the window in full sun and can’t see anything but the grime.

In the past I’ve always used my trusty Windex and several rolls of paper towels.  However, no matter how careful I am, I always end up with streaks.  And once the dirt film is gone, the streaks are really noticeable.

But I found a solution – newspaper instead of paper towels.  For years I’d heard about using newspaper but was skeptical.  Even after I bought a newspaper so I could try it, I didn’t really believe it would work.  But it did!  It worked much better than paper towels.  There were fewer streaks and no lint.

Here’s what you do:  use the black and white pages of the newspaper (a little color is okay), crumple a section into a loose ball, spray the window with your cleaner and wipe just like you do with a paper towel.

There you go.  Streak free and lint free windows for a fraction of the cost.  You will need some soap, though – to wash the newsprint off your hands.  And after you clean your windows, could you come and do mine?


  1. Becky says:

    I have double hung vinyl windows that are supposed to be easy to clean, but I have no idea how the top window pops down to clean. No clue. I’ve lived in this house for 6 years. needless to say, it’s a little hard to see out of the top of our windows. :)

    • We used to have those. To clean the top windows on our brand, you unhooked the bottom window and tilted it out toward you, then you slid the top window down, cleaned the inside of the window, then tilted it toward you (it gets tricky because you’re still holding onto the bottom window so they’re basically stacked on top of each) and cleaned the other side. It was cumbersome but better than having to go outside with a ladder or live with dirty windows. Maybe yours work that way, too. Good luck!

  2. Vickie says:

    Funny! Many years ago, our neighbor came over while I was cleaning my windows using Windex and paper towels. Streaks and lint! He said he used newspaper and then demonstrated the difference for me when my expression showed disbelief. I have converted to newspaper. ;)

  3. I know this is an older post but I have used news paper for years! And instead of glass cleaner use vinegar and water makes the windows shine… Now if only I could get the energy to go clean my windows :)
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    • I can relate! Every time the sun hits all those windows in the family room/dining room, it reminds me that they need cleaned! But it’s SO much work!!!

  4. Josh LaPorte says:

    Recently my windows were so bad and I had no glass cleaner in the house, so I wetted some newspaper, scrubbed the window glass with that, then took a dry sheet balled up and wiped dry. Worked perfectly and costs basically nothing. Particularly practical for the outside of the glass.

  5. My husband just cleaned ours (after 7 years, I think!) And he swears by newspaper! Sadly, we stopped getting the paper, so I had to borrow paper from my mom!


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