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Should You Use Window Cleaner or Just Soap and Water?

When you’re doing some cleaning around the house, it’s important not to neglect the windows. Clean windows help you see better and maximize the amount of light in your home. They also make the facade of your home look better. When you’re buying the supplies needed to clean your house, you’re going to see a lot of different products that are said to clean windows. They often promise a “streak-free shine.” However, are any of them necessary? Could you clean your windows just as well with soap and water? The answer is mixed.

Yes And No

 If you are cleaning one or two windows or mirrors in your house by hand, a window cleaner will work just fine. The store-bought liquid in the spray bottle will clean your windows pretty well as long as you use a microfiber cloth. Some people use wadded up newspaper. As long as you’re not leeching newsprint onto the window, that should be fine. However, that’s not what you want if you’re washing the windows.

Cleaning your windows could mean cleaning up some spots or streaks of dirt on your windows. Washing them means removing any dirt or grime that might have built up. If you want to wash your windows or if you have a large number of windows to clean, soap and water is the way to go. You shouldn’t choose just any soap, though. Many types of soap have fragrances and chemicals that leave behind a residue. If your dishes smell like dish soap after you clean them, they have a residue of soap on them. That residue could be visible on your windows. Use a window washing solution to avoid that.

Window Washing Solution

 Window washing solution is typically a concentrated liquid that is meant to be mixed with water for the purpose of washing windows. This might seem like an unnecessary expense but they’re generally designed for use by professional window washers. Therefore, you will likely be able to get dozens of uses out of one large bottle of solution. You’ll also get clean windows.

You can mix the window washing solution with water in a bucket. Some are meant to be connected to a water hose or pressure washer. You should also buy window washing tools such as squeegees and microfiber cloths.


 Essentially, if you are spot-cleaning your windows, the blue liquid is fine. If you’re looking to deep clean multiple windows, buy dedicated window washing solution.

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