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Old 10-15-2004, 07:57 PM   #1
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Window Cleaner

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½ C Isopropyl alcohol
½ C sudsing ammonia
½ C water
Mix together in a spray bottle

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Old 10-16-2004, 06:24 AM   #2
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Hello Jude,

A great tip I learned when cleaning windows (& mirrors!) is to finish with newspaper. Apparently the ink dissolves any streaks and the paper absorbs any remaining moisture.

Either way, your windows will be sparkling clean! :)
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Old 10-17-2004, 09:29 AM   #3
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Thanks Jude, I'm going to make it up and try it. I will also try the newspaper. I usually have streaked windows after a day of cleaning windows and it's pretty disappointing after spending so much time trying to get them streak clean.
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Old 10-17-2004, 11:54 AM   #4
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Re: Window Cleaner

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Home Window Cleaner

½ C Isopropyl alcohol
½ C sudsing ammonia
½ C water
Mix together in a spray bottle
The soap in sudsing ammonia would leave residue and streaks. Ideally, you want all volatile components. If you could substitute laboratory grade ammonium hydroxide, that would be better.
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Old 10-17-2004, 12:58 PM   #5
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Streaky windows begone!

I add a dash of ordinary white vinegar to warm water. I also heard that you should NEVER use soap of any description on windows as it builds up a residue. Hope this helps - it has worked for me for more years than I care to remember! :oops:
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Old 10-18-2004, 12:05 AM   #6
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Years ago I learned how to clean windows and mirrors from blind man. He used PLEDGE furniture polish - he knew that if he cleaned carefully with it there would never be any streaks he could not see. It leaves the surfaces very clean, no smudges or streaks, and no water spots. It also helps to keep bathroom mirrors from fogging. I know it wounds bizarre, but really, give it a try!
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Use a brown paper bag, soaked in vinegar, and it will outperform anything you can come up with...

Likewise, if the car windshield wipers are "streaking", wipe them off carefully with the mini-packs of vinegar you get in a restaurant on a napkin, and you can extend their life for literally a year, if not two...the garage will cheerfully sell you replacement blades at $20 per each, so try this little trick of a hardened "road warrior" first....and "save your money"

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Old 10-18-2004, 07:42 AM   #8
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Thank you lifter, that sounds like a winner and I am going to try that today.
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Old 10-18-2004, 02:26 PM   #9
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OK jude, I'm not going to believe your recipe works until you come over and try it on ALL my windows :P

FINE, be that way!

I'm going to try the solution - I have used alcohol and ammonia both but not this combination. I have, however, right now (since I'm out of ammonia at the moment) going to try the Pledge trick.

A side story here - our power went out last year during an ice storm. Had the fireplace going, candles everywhere, hubby came home - I had some Mumm's chilling in a bucket, he sat down beside me and I was all ready for a romantic evening. He looks at me (facing the front of the house) and says - "do you EVER clean the windows???" - poof, end of romantic evening :( :roll:
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elf, you forgot to CLOSE the curtains!
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