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02/24/2012 08:49 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Great Cleaning Tips: How To Wash Windows, Mirrors Without Streaks

There's nothing more frustrating than cloudy streak-ridden windows and mirrors, especially after you've just cleaned them. And though you might be urged to wash those windows again, keep in mind that streaks often remain because you used too much cleaning solution or detergent in the first place. Instead, follow our simple cleaning tips for crystal-clear windows and mirrors.

The cleaning solution. You can make an affordable and effective cleaning solution from household items. Just mix one to two teaspoons of dish detergent in a large bucket of warm water. Optional: Add four tablespoons of lemon to help cut through the dirt and deodorize. If your windows or mirrors are suffering from excessive grime, add a half-cup ammonia or white vinegar.

The tools. A squeegee and a good scrubber will garner the best streak-free results. After scrubbing the entire window or mirror, use the squeegee to wipe off the suds horizontally and then make your way from top to bottom. Don't forget to wipe the blade off on a microfiber cloth after each swipe. If you're resolved to use a sponge, use crumpled newspaper to dry. This might seem counterproductive since newspaper ink often smears, but it leaves no lint particles and the ink helps polish the glass.

Do you have other tips for streak-free windows and mirrors? Let us know in the comments below.

UPDATE: We've been using newspapers for ages with no issue, but several readers have experienced smudging. Since ink quality can differ from paper to paper, we recommend testing before wiping down the window.

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