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Clean Windows Inside and Out

March 4, 2024

Clean Windows Inside and Out


Keeping your windows clean can seem like an overwhelming task, but with some simple tips and the right products, it’s easy to keep your windows looking spotless year-round. Clean windows let in more natural light, provide better views, and can even improve your home’s curb appeal. In this guide, I’ll go over everything you need to know to clean windows inside and out.

Supplies Needed

Before getting started, make sure you have the proper supplies. Here are the window cleaning tools I recommend having on hand:

  • A window cleaning squeegee – Choose a large one with a sturdy handle for outdoor windows. Get a small squeegee for indoor window sills.

  • Microfiber cloths – I prefer smooth, lint-free microfiber for easy cleaning. Have plenty on hand.

  • Window cleaning solution – Make your own or buy a pre-mixed solution. Avoid ammonia-based products.

  • A soft brush or scrub pad – For gentle scrubbing of dirt and grime. I use a grout brush.

  • A scraper – To remove stuck-on debris from outdoor windows. Plastic is fine.

  • A stepladder or other safe access – Never lean too far to reach high windows. Use proper equipment.

  • Paper towels – For wiping up excess cleaning solution.

Cleaning Indoor Windows

Let’s start with the inside panes of glass since they’re easier to access. Here are my tried-and-true steps for spotless indoor windows:

1. Remove Window Screens

First, take out any removable window screens and set aside. This gives you full access to the glass. Make sure to clean the screens later before replacing them.

2. Warm Water and Microfiber

Fill a bucket with warm water and dip in a microfiber cloth. Wipe down the entire window pane with water first, which helps loosen up dirt. No need for cleaning products yet!

3. Apply Window Cleaner

Spray your chosen window cleaning solution directly onto the glass. I like to use a homemade mix of vinegar, water, and essential oil. Windex also works well.

4. Wipe Clean

Using a fresh microfiber cloth, wipe the glass gently in an “S” pattern. Overlap passes to ensure full coverage. For stubborn spots, let the solution sit for a minute before wiping.

5. Dry With Towels

Go over the glass once more with dry paper towels or microfibers. This prevents streaking by soaking up leftover moisture. Buff in a circular motion for shine.

6. Clean Window Frames

Mix a bit of gentle soap into warm water and use it to wipe down the window frames and sills. Scrub with a soft brush if needed.

7. Replace Screens

Once everything has dried, put the clean screens back into the windows. Make sure they fit snugly to keep out bugs!

Exterior Window Cleaning

Outdoor windows take a bit more work, but these steps make the job manageable:

1. Remove Debris

Use a plastic scraper to gently pry off stuck-on debris like paint or tree sap. Don’t dig into the glass!

2. Wash With Soapy Water

Mix dish soap and warm water in a bucket. Dip in a large microfiber pad and wash the entire window pane. This removes dirt and oils.

3. Rinse Well

Use the garden hose to spray off all the soapy water. Rinse thoroughly so no residue is left behind.

4. Clean With Squeegee

Apply your favorite window cleaning solution to the glass. Then squeegee from top to bottom. Wipe in overlapping passes for a streak-free finish.

5. Detail Trim and Frames

Use a small brush and soapy water to scrub the window frames, sills, and trim. Rinse well and let dry completely.

6. Inspect and Repeat

Do a final inspection for any missed spots. Re-wash and squeegee as needed for crystal clear results.


There you have it – a foolproof method for cleaning windows inside and out. The key is having the right tools and taking your time to do a thorough job. Clean windows let in more natural sunlight, provide clearer outdoor views, and give your home an inviting curb appeal. Just follow these simple steps and you’ll have sparkling windows year-round. Let the light shine in!

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