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Quick Clean Your Window Screens

Who doesn't like to open their windows and breath in the fresh spring air? Get your windows ready for a change in season by cleaning your window screens without taking up too much of your time. No need for a hose, all you need is a bathtub for this one.

Time: 30 Minutes Cost: $182 Difficulty: Easy

Step 1: Remove screens from windows. Lay flat on the ground on top of a soft surface (towel or blanket).

Step 2: Attach soft-bristol brush to your vacuum nozzle.


Step 3: Vacuum your entire screen. I worked left to right and my strokes were from top to bottom, ensuring not to miss a section.

Step 4: Fill your tub with a few inches of water. Add a couple of drops of dish soap to create a soapy wash.

Step 5: Slather the screen in the soapy mixture and rub it all over the screen with your hand.

I used a circular motion to give it a good wash. My screen did not fit into the tub, so I stood it up and poured the mixture all over it while I did this.

Step 6: Drain your water and rinse your screen.

Use clean running water and rinse off all of the soap suds.

Step 7: Dry your screen thoroughly with a soft towel.

You'll most likely pick-up all of the dust, dirt and grime at this stage. YUCK!

Step 8: Replace your window screen.

Enjoy a much cleaner view and say hello to fresh spring air! While the screen is off, why not give your windows a good clean too?

Materials used for this project:

  • Vacuum   (Dyson (on-hand)/Amazon)
  • Water   (on-hand)
  • Dish soap   (on-hand)
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  • Lynn Paterson
    Lynn Paterson
    on Mar 11, 2017

    I have an even easier way if you don`t feel the need to wash them. Leave your screens on the windows and use your blow dryer on low, leave the windows wide open and blow the dust right outside. You can also take the screens outside lay them on the lawn and sweep them with a broom ;-)

    • Dacstevenson
      on Sep 25, 2017

      Or you can lay them ground and wash them and rinse with the hose on fine spray.

  • Anne Pfeifer Mahoney
    Anne Pfeifer Mahoney
    on Apr 2, 2017

    I take mine out when i wash the windows but i put them in the bath tub and spray them with a bathroom foaming cleaner. Then I spray them with my hand held shower hose. I do the same with mini blinds by putting a shower rod on the back side of the shower and hand blinds from it. No scrubbing or rubbing.

    • Alice Elaine Lord
      Alice Elaine Lord
      on Sep 25, 2017

      I just put Dawn and water in a spray bottle and spray them and rinse with the shower nozzle in the tub. Put an old towel on the bottom if you get metal marks. The other way is way too hard.

  • Njlueder
    Njlueder Schoolcraft, MI
    on Apr 3, 2017

    I've done this in the past and got scratch marks all over my tub from the metal frames.

    • Ellie
      Ellie Findlay, OH
      on Apr 9, 2017

      Put a towel down in the bottom of the bathtub so the screen isn't touching the actual tub.

  • Maureen Hemming
    Maureen Hemming
    on Apr 9, 2017

    I always add vinegar to the water when cleaning glass or mirrors, Then I never ever get streaks.

  • Ellie
    Ellie Findlay, OH
    on Apr 9, 2017

    Would have to research this one, but I remember somewhere that if you use a dryer sheet (or is it Static Guard (or some other anti-static spray)) on the screen after you wash it, it prevents dust and dirt from accumulating again.

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