Newspapers do a great job of shining up glass- and they’re a great green solution, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service servicing the North Shore of Chicago, IL. Reuse before recycling! But if you do not want to get newsprint all over your hands, paper towel is another option. Just be sure to buy a brand that’s soft on nature. Clean outside windows on an overcast day, because strong sun dries the glass before you can buff the windows clean. Don’t use cotton cloth because it leaves lint behind. A microfiber cloth made for glass and windows is great.
A quick recipe for a green window solution is as follows: Mix 1/2 cup to 1 cup vinegar into 1 quart of cool water. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Spritz solution on surface. Rub until dry with newspaper or white paper towel.
For a quick no-mix cleaner, which works best on indoor windows and mirrors, put club soda on a microfiber cloth or paper towel and apply to surface.
For a heavy-duty cleaner to cut through grime: combine 1/2 cup to 1 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap or detergent, and 1 quart water in a spray bottle. Spray window and rub until dry. Use your newspaper or a paper towel. You’ll get great results!