If there is no other cleaning agent in the house, the windows can be cleaned with vinegar if necessary. In this article, you will find out how to do this and whether it is a good idea to use it to clean the windows regularly.
Did you know that white vinegar can be used as a natural cleaner in the house and on the terrace? So today, you find out how to wash windows with vinegar. Good cleaning!
Vinegar-based recipe for washing windows
To make a proper cleaning agent from the vinegar, you should mix it with water. Pure vinegar is only suitable for removing stubborn dirt residues, especially since it would be a shame (and expensive) to use it only for cleaning the windows—mix vinegar with water in the following proportions in a cleaning bucket.
- 2 cups of water
- ¼ cup of vinegar
- Optional: a dash of detergent to remove stubborn stains.
- 1 microfiber cloth or lint-free dishcloth
- 1 spray bottle
- 1 bucket
When cleaning, always start with the frame and the seals to avoid that dirty water settles on the windows again.
It is best to wipe with clear water and then dry everything well so that the acidity of the vinegar does not attack the seals.
Now it goes to the windows. Moisten a lint-free cloth with the vinegar water and remove surface dirt.
Ideally, then pull the windows off with a shower puller to avoid water stains. Alternatively, dry them well with a lint-free cloth or kitchen towels.
There is a more straightforward trick for cleaning in between. Mix 1: 1 vinegar with water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray the window with the homemade vinegar cleaner and wipe it with a microfiber cloth.
The warmer the water, the better the shine.
Clean the outside of the window with vinegar
Of course, you can also use the recipe for the vinegar mentioned above cleaner to clean the outside of the windows. However, in some cases, there is stronger, selective contamination (bird droppings, etc.) that cannot be easily removed.
In this case, apply the vinegar directly to these areas in front of the window cleaning and let it work for a few minutes. After that, the dirt should be easier to remove. By the way, a little petroleum ether or clear alcohol in the water should help to avoid streaks after cleaning.
Should you permanently clean the windows with vinegar?
Vinegar contains acid, which attacks the window seals when used regularly. You should always dilute the vinegar to clean the windows with water and switch to a neutral cleaner in the long term.
It would also be a waste to use high-quality vinegar as a cleaning agent. The cheapest vinegar is just good enough. Anything else would be a waste. In the worst case, a half-liter to a whole bottle with one liter of vinegar essence should be added to a ten-liter bucket.
Note: If gray stains or stuck dirt remain on the white window frame, this is often removed with a dirt eraser. With plastic frames, you should never use chemical bleach.