One of my friends mentioned that she saw a great idea on Pinterest for washing windows. You mix a concoction of Dawn dishwashing detergent and Jet-Dry, scrub your windows a bit and shazam! Clean windows.
As it happens, we have old, decrepit windows in our kitchen. They’ve been painted shut, although they are somehow still drafty. They sit so close to the roofline that it’s impossible to get close enough to them to scrub them clean conventionally. Believe me, I’ve tried. I’ve dangled from an extension ladder, reaching much too far, and praying that I might miss the A/C unit below in the event of a fall.
When we moved in, we replaced a lot of windows in the house within the first month. Not all of them, you understand. We triaged each room, deciding to replace only those windows that allowed bugs to come right on through. Somehow these in the kitchen managed to survive this criteria, so we stuck with them despite all their horrible, painted-shut nastiness.
That was about 10 years ago. They’ve been a nightmare to clean ever since.
So this casual mention of a Pinterest miracle solution triggered my interest and a few quick minutes with Google, I had found a couple of different recipes. I settled on one with Jet-Dry and ammonia and rubbing alcohol and detergent.
My husband S sprayed them with water, climbed up on the rickety ladder and used a long mop to scrub the solution all over the panes. Then we rinsed and held our breath for the squeaky-clean view.
Yeah, we’re still waiting.
To be completely fair to the Pinterest poster, I don’t think anything is ever going to clean these windows. We’ve tried a power washer, spritzes and sprays, and now even this, and still… meh. The fact that they are foggy hours after our little experiment tells me that they are beyond any cleanser, no matter how miraculous. They are kaput.
Of course, if the universe was trying to tell me that it’s time to buy new windows, it might have done so before my husband got soaking wet, two stories above the ground during a cool November weekend in Chicago.
Um, yeah. I think I better bake an apple pie or two just for him.
Do you have a miracle solution for cleaning windows? Especially those hard-to-reach ones way above the ground?