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How to Clean a Window

Don't think of cleaning your windows as drudgery. Think of it as a way to—as the song says—'let the sunshine in...'


  • Step 1: Pick a time Pick a time to wash your windows when the sun isn’t hitting them directly.
  • Step 2: Mix solution In the bucket, mix a solution that’s one part water to one part vinegar.
  • Step 3: Wipe window Dip a sponge into the solution, squeeze out the excess, and wipe the window clean.
  • Step 4: Use squeegee Drag the squeegee from the top to the bottom of the window in one smooth, steady motion.
  • TIP: If you don’t have a squeegee, you can dry the window with clean, lint-free cloths or a few crumpled sheets of black and white newspaper.
  • Step 5: Remove excess water Rub the squeegee with a cloth or towel to remove excess water.
  • Step 6: Continue with squeegee Continue dragging the squeegee, overlapping the strokes one at a time, until you’ve removed all the cleaning solution.
  • TIP: Be sure to dry each window right after to you sponge it or you’ll end up with streaks.
  • Step 7: Dry sill & frame Dry the windowsill and frame with a cloth, then step back and admire the view.
  • FACT: The song ‘Flesh Failure (Let the Sunshine In)’ was originally written for the 1968 Broadway musical Hair.

You Will Need

  • A bucket
  • Some warm water
  • Some white vinegar
  • A large sponge
  • A squeegee
  • Several cloths or towels
  • And some ammonia-free cleaner
  • Some newspaper
  • And a vacuum cleaner with a bristle brush attachment

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