Duly Noted

Many people say that they don’t do windows, but windows get dirty and they need cleaning and unless you have a maid to do this for you, it is hard work.  There is a proper way and a correct time to clean your windows if you desire crystal clear, and streak-free results.  This probably only needs to be done once or twice a year, but it’s even easier if you divide the job up and do it room by room.  When you’re cleaning, wipe one side of the window horizontally and the other vertically.  If any streaks do form, you’ll easily know whether they’re on the outside or the inside.  Once you try washing windows with a squeegee and you’ll never go back to a spray bottle and paper towels.  Squeegees get your glass clear and streak free in a fraction of the time it takes with paper towels.

My parents were from a different generation and they believed in using old newspapers to clean their windows which they always said worked really well, feeling that the paper and ink acted together as a light abrasive giving them really clean windows.  They were probably right, as newspapers are made of dense fibers that contain no solid, scratching materials as compared to paper towels, thus being more rigid they will not separate and cause lint.  I always thought they did this because they were cheap, which they were, as my mom would rinse off paper plates and use them again, I mean who in their right mind does that.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver – #278 – Dirty Windows – June 4th hosted by Michael.

13 thoughts on “Duly Noted

  1. Our parents did come from a different generation where you didn’t waste anything as it might come in handy later on. Clean windows are a delight but you are right jim, cleaning them is hard work. Thanks for you thoughts this week.

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  2. Squeegees make it easy, you’re right. Ugh on the paper plates. For awhile I put paper plates in bamboo holders to make them more sturdy, but those things get filthy! I use paper and regular plates about 50/50 now, depending on what I’m eating.

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  3. I’ve gotten into the habit of using newspapers and Windex (or a no-name equivalent) to clean windows. Seems like the ink SHOULD make the window dirty, but it doesn’t. Makes your hands a bit grubby, mind you but it washes off.
    We moved a couple of years ago & now share a larger house with my sweetie’s empty nest sis & brother in law. Since getting here, they like paper plates. I feel rather bad as an environmentalist, but do use them quite a bit since there are SO many pots and pans and glasses to wash every evening. Lisa has a bit of a point though in that, yep it’s wasteful, but so too is the excessive energy heating the wash water.

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