Cleaning windows with vinegar + dish detergent

If you have tried to clean your windows with plain vinegar and gotten streaks, there is a simple reason and an easy remedy.

Oddly enough, it was the task of cleaning windows that turned a huge number of well-intentioned, environmentally friendly consumers away from non-toxic cleaning using the simple ingredients that can be found in most kitchen cupboards. Around Earth Day 1990, every newspaper in the country (or so it seemed), offered tips for cleaning in ways that didn’t harm the planet, and the recommendation for windows was almost always to clean them with nothing but vinegar and water. People by the thousands tried this, and many swore off cleaning with homemade products for good because the formula left streaks on their windows. (I wish I had $1 for every time someone has said to me, “Well, I tried non-toxic cleaning and it didn’t work. I used vinegar to clean my windows …”)

The problem was that the commercial window cleaner used before the switch to vinegar left a very fine wax residue. The vinegar alone wasn’t enough to remove it, and the result was streaky windows. If instead, everyone had added a dab of liquid dish soap to the vinegar and water, the wax would easily have been removed and the windows would have been cleaned perfectly! My favorite recipe is to combine 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar, and up to 1/2 teaspoon of liquid soap or detergent in a spray bottle. That’s all there is to it. (Make sure to label the bottle and keep it out of the reach of children.)


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This next method – the trick is in the fold of the towel and the finger…


It is in the 8 fold-towel, and you wet only the top layer fold with water. Wipe to the right, applying pressure on the pinkie finger; wipe to the left applying pressure on the thumb



1. タオルを横半分に折り、さらにもう一度横半分に折ります。(これで4つ折りに)
2. 4つ折りにした面の半分に手で少し水をかけて湿らせ、湿った面を中に折り込むように縦半分にします。(これで8つ折りに)
3. 上から軽くたたき、表面が中の水分で少し湿り気を感じるくらいにします。
4. 指先まで伸ばし、タオルの縦幅を有効に使って横一直線に拭きます。そして、下にずらすとき、すでに拭いたところと少し重なるように拭くと、拭き残しを防げます。
5. 右手で拭く場合、左端では親指に、右端では小指に力を入れ、その間の部分では力を入れないで拭くと、疲れずに一度でキレイに拭けます。




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