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4 tricks for cleaning windows and mirrors

There are endless reasons why your windows and mirrors are always dirty no matter how often you clean them. Attacking the mess with glass cleaner from the stores and paper towels can leave behind even bigger stains, putting you in a worse situation than before the cleaning started. However, here are 4 tricks for better cleaning of your windows and mirrors:

1- Make your own cleaner: Don't waste money on expensive commercial glass cleaners when you can easily mix up excellent and highly effective glass cleaners at home for less. Combine 2 tablespoons ammonia, 1/2 cup rubbing detergent and 1/4 teaspoon mild non-antibacterial dish-washing liquid. Using a funnel, pour the mixture into a rinsed, recycled spray bottle. Then spray it on windows, just as you would commercial glass cleaner, and wipe.

2- Use Newspapers: It might sound like an old fashioned method, but employing newspapers instead of rags or paper towels will leave your hands dirty but your windows sparkling and stain free.

3- Use erasers: After washing and drying your windows with newspapers, run a clean, dry blackboard eraser over the windows to remove any streaks and give them a diamond-bright shine for better results.

4- Avoid sunlight: No matter which supplies you use, avoid cleaning windows when the sun is shining directly on the glass or when there's a warm, dry wind. If the glass warms too much while the windows are wet, and the heat will dry the cleaner before you've had a chance to wipe the window clean