Welcome to day 6 of the ‘31 Days of Deep Cleaning Your Home‘ series!

Today’s task is to clean your windows and screens outside. It is also the last day of working on our windows!

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Remove your screens from your windows. Some of my windows I can remove from inside and a few I have to remove from the outside.

Next, fill a bucket about half way with water. Add a few drops of dish soap and a splash of vinegar. Along with your microfiber cloth, this is what you will use to scrub your window glass and screens.

Work from the top down on your windows, cleaning the upper glass first, then the lower glass. You don’t need to squeeze out your cleaning rag very much, you want it pretty wet.

Use your squeegee to wipe the window.

Take your screens and spray them off with the hose. If they are really dirty use your cloth or a soft brush to scrub them clean. Spray them off again and let them dry before re-installing.

Clean exterior outside windows and screens - 31 days of deep cleaning your home

I don’t have any experience cleaning second story windows since my house is only one level. I did find some helpful hints online and if anyone wants to share what works for them in the comments, I would love it!

You can follow the same steps I listed above while using a ladder and being very careful. You can also try spraying the windows with a hose and use a squeegee with a long extendable handle. I don’t typically use chemical cleaners like Windex, but they do make two products specifically for cleaning your windows. One allows you to use a

I don’t typically use chemical cleaners like Windex, but they do make two products specifically for cleaning your windows. One allows you to use a large microfiber pad on a long pole, and the other is a spray you attach to your hose that will dry streak free.

Lastly, you can check to see if your windows fold down to the inside so you can reach the outside glass. About half of our windows do this. First, remove the screen. My windows that allow me to do this have two little pull levers on either side of the top of the bottom pane (where you lock and unlock the window). You pull this in and pull the window towards you from the top.

Remember, if you are feeling overwhelmed or you don’t have much time to devote to this task today, just focus on the dirtiest or most used rooms in your home.

See you back here tomorrow for day 7 of 31 Days of Deep Cleaning Your Home.

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