What’s the best way to clean windows and mirrors? It’s time to toss the paper towels and newspaper and say goodbye to the dirty glass surfaces in your home.
The next time you clean your windows, give these eco-friendly cleaning tips a try.
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What are the Best Cleaning Supplies for Windows?
What are the best cleaning supplies for windows? We have a house cleaner or a homeowner that called in and asked this question. “I was wondering what wipes glass and mirrors best. Is it coffee filters, newspapers, or paper towels?”
So, the answer to your question is none of those.
Don’t Use Coffee Filters to Clean Windows
The very first thing about coffee filters is they’re very expensive.
And so, if you’re cleaning your windows, and most homes have a lot of windows. So, do you know how many coffee filters that would take?
If you were to try to wipe dry all of the windows in a house, that would be a lot of coffee filters and expense.
There Aren’t Enough Newspapers to Clean Your Windows
The second thing is newspapers. They don’t make that many newspapers anymore. Now, thirty years ago, everybody had newspapers.
And there were extra newspapers to go around, and people did in fact dry their windows and their mirrors with newspapers. That was a solution, but everything has moved online now and nobody’s making newspapers anymore.
So, they come at a premium cost because they’re so hard to find. So, newspapers were once the way but not anymore.
Paper Towels are Bad for the Environment
Then there are paper towels which are great, but they’re not very kind to the environment. Now here’s the reason why. They are biodegradable, but it takes about a year for paper towels to break down in the environment.
So, if you were going to use paper towels to dry all of those windows, that’s a lot of paper towels going into the landfill.
Paper Towels are Made From Recycled Materials
When the paper towels are made, they are made from recycled materials. So, they take shredded paper from office buildings and they use those, to make a pulp, and out of the pulp, they create paper towels.
And then from that, they bleach the pulp so that they’re white and shiny and they look all nice. So, there’s bleach and there’s other stuff that is inside the paper towels, that’s a coloring and different agents, that then make it not so friendly to the environment.
And when we wipe up cleaning chemicals and the gunk those cleaning chemicals are now inside the paper towels, and those too go to the landfill. We love paper towels. They’re super great for a lot of things, but we use them very sparingly because of the landfill issue.
Cleaning Your Windows is a Two-Step Process
So, what do you do to clean your windows? There’s actually a two-step process, and the process involves microfiber cloths.
Now microfiber cloths are also a challenge to the environment because they’re not biodegradable. But you can use a cloth for up to 500 washes if you buy a high-quality cleaning cloth that’s made of microfiber, which is also made of recycled plastic.
Use a Wetting Cloth First
So, take a cloth and it doesn’t matter what color of cloth that you use because the first cloth that you use is going to be a wetting cloth.
Now you’re going to use this process because you won’t need any chemicals whatsoever for your glass. Glass tabletops, mirrors, and the outsides of the shower doors don’t need chemicals.
Now the insides is going to have soap scum so you will use some cleaning chemicals, but the outsides, where there are dust and droplets of water, you can use the water method.
Wipe it Down in a Z Pattern
You’re going to get it your wet cloth and wipe down in a Z pattern. Now, the reason to use a Z pattern is so if you go in circles on your mirror, the part that’s dirty down here, we’re taking back up over the clean part on the top of the mirror.
Now with the other hand, you have a drying cloth. And the drying cloth, It’s a very thin skinny drying cloth. And this is a very special, very expensive cloth that is also made of microfiber.
This is designed as a glass cloth. So, we’re going to wet with one hand in our mirror, and with the other hand, we’re going to dry the mirror. So, we can wet and dry simultaneously. Two hands, two cloths.
A Cleaning Glass Secret for You
Now here’s a secret for you. If you take the cloth and you fold it in half, and then you fold it in half again, you now have eight sides that you can dry your mirror with. So, we have side one, side two, then we open it up and we have side three and side four, and then we open it up again and we fold it the opposite way.
When we fold it the opposite way, that gives us four more sides. So, we have eight sides to the one cloth. So, you can do it that way. And you can do this with the wetting cloth too.
This gives you eight mirrors or eight windows with which you can wet one side. One side to wipe it down, one side to dry it. Then you’re going to flip it over, and you’re going to do the next window. Then you’ll stop and you’ll turn your cloth inside out. And you’ll do the same on both sides.
Wash the Microfiber Cloths When You Finish
So that is how you clean windows and the proper tools that you use. Now, when you’re done, the microfiber cloths are separate.
You wash them separately in separate loads of laundry, or you can do the same load of laundry if you have a mesh bag.
With a mesh bag it separates things from each other. And that will prevent lint from picking up on your microfiber cloths, so they are always ready to go for your next window cleaning.
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