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Window Cleaner…and more!

Okay, I love lounging in my clear, clean pool soaking up the sun. Usually reading one of my favorite magazines while sipping on some lovely summer cocktail. Lately though, the view from pool has been a bit, well, ugly. All the glass doors and windows surrounding the pool look filthy after a spring filled with pollen, dust and just, okay, I admit, neglect.

clean windowsTime to do something about it. Lo and behold, this week I came across a blog post about a DIY window cleaner. The post was from one of my favorite DIY blogs, One Good Thing by Jillee.

You should be able to see the parts I didn't clean compared to the long strip that I did clean.
You should be able to see the parts I didn’t clean compared to the long strip that I did clean.

I should have taken photos before, but since I didn’t get everything finished today (have a wedding to go to this afternoon), you will see where I didn’t clean in the photos. This mixture is like silk. You literally just spray the windows with water from the hose sprayer, then brush the windows using a large brush thingie. I used a long-handled carwash brush. Then just hose it all down. You can literally see the sheeting action as it drains downward.

What the aluminum looked like before cleaning. This actually is not as dirty as the area I cleaned but gives you an idea.
What the aluminum looked like before cleaning. This actually is not as dirty as the area I cleaned but gives you an idea.

Then, just step away, come back in a few minutes and the windows are crystal clear, no streaks, dry and awesome clean. I was amazed. I headed on cleaning all the doors and windows and still had plenty of cleaner left. So…I looked at the aluminum pool enclosure, and thought, why not? Did the same process and awesome results. Big Bird said he was going to use the pressure cleaner to clean it. I said, “Why? This stuff is quicker, easier, and cleaner.” He muddled away quietly. I knew he was thinking pressure cleaner. I told him not to worry, the pressure cleaner can do wonders on those hard jobs I can’t do, the Big Bird jobs! đŸ™‚ He was happy.

So try out this recipe and see for yourself how easy this is and what super results. Just spray, brush, spray, and walk away.

This concoction really works, and really works GREAT, even on aluminum pool enclosure. Recipe is below.

Streak-Free DIY Window Cleaner...and more!

A fantastic cleaner for streak-free windows.

Ingredients

  • 3.5 – 4 oz. “Jet Dry”
  • 4 Tablespoons Alcohol (I used rubbing alcohol)
  • 1/4 Cup Ammonia
  • 1 handful of powdered dish-washer soap (I used lemon scented Publix brand)
  • 2 Gallons Hot Water

Directions

  1. Pour first four ingredients into 3-gallon bucket. Add 2 gallons hot water.
  2. Spray window with water from hose, then dip your large brush in the cleaning mixture and brush away.
  3. Then, rinse top to bottom with water from the hose (use one of the sprayer nozzles).
  4. Walk away from the window, or move on to the next window.
  5. When done you’ll have streak-free, clean windows.

 

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