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Old 09-21-2013, 03:33 PM
 
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So I washed my windows with Windex yesterday, and with the way the sun was shining you could see streaks and smears no matter how hard I tried to get rid of them.

I remembered someone telling me how good her ho-made washer was, but I sorta ignored her thinking she was a "greenie" trying to get me to be more environmentally conscious. How could ho-made work better than something specially formulated in a lab for this particular job? So I googled it, and found a recipe that just calls for vinegar, water, and a dab of dish washing liquid. This particular website says to use the dish washing liquid just a few times until the waxy residue of the commercial cleaners is gone, which caused me to go Hmmmm maybe that's what those streaks are.

So it took me all of 20 seconds to mix it up (after I spent 15 minutes finding a spray bottle). And Dang! my windows look great! The sun's not out today to check for those hazy streaks, but in this light they look SO much better than they ever have. Why didn't anyone ever tell me??? And it only cost a couple pennies for the same amount that costs a couple dollars in the store.

Has anyone used the recipe with ammonia that also uses corn starch? I was tempted to use that one, but it didn't say anything about my waxy residue problem, so I chose the vinegar/soap instead.
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:13 PM
 
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"Ho"-Made? Really?
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:20 PM
 
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Actually -- the streaks from the commercial product is from alcohol. The product is drying faster than you can wipe it dry. Happens all the time when you wash windows in the sun. I'm a janitor -- and sunny windows get washed with VERY LITTLE Windex, because of that.

That's why the home made stuff works better -- you can wipe it dry before it dries in the sun.

But I've discovered that Windex works the best on carpet spots, and really does a number on trodden on gum on carpet.
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:23 PM
 
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"Ho"-Made? Really?
Seriously!


Lilly, it is HOME made, unless you really are....
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:39 PM
 
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Actually -- the streaks from the commercial product is from alcohol. The product is drying faster than you can wipe it dry. Happens all the time when you wash windows in the sun. I'm a janitor -- and sunny windows get washed with VERY LITTLE Windex, because of that.

That's why the home made stuff works better -- you can wipe it dry before it dries in the sun.

But I've discovered that Windex works the best on carpet spots, and really does a number on trodden on gum on carpet.
Okay but even with no sun, this looks better than I've ever seen my windows look. I did a double take when I glanced out the kitchen window.

So I guess I won't throw away the Windex. I'll try it next time I have something on the carpet. Thanks for the tip.
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:51 PM
 
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"Ho"-Made? Really?
bwahaha

I've always found that using newspaper, instead of a paper towel or cloth towel, helps keep the streaks down.
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:16 AM
 
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bwahaha

I've always found that using newspaper, instead of a paper towel or cloth towel, helps keep the streaks down.
Yeah -- but no one gets the newspaper anymore.
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:49 PM
 
Location: AZ
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bwahaha

I've always found that using newspaper, instead of a paper towel or cloth towel, helps keep the streaks down.
My cleaning lady uses the vinegar and soap thing. But her trick is using coffee filters to wipe it down. I swear it works! I'm horrible with windows and mirrors. The coffee filter did the job.
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Old 09-24-2013, 03:07 PM
 
Location: All Over
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I was watching that worlds cheapest people show on tlc and a guy was putting coffee grounds in water and using that as window swashing fluid and claimed it worked well.

THe professional window cleaners just use iodine and dish soap nothing fancy, no speciall checmicals or products
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Old 09-24-2013, 03:46 PM
 
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vinegar does everything
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