Window Deep Cleaning With Natural Products

9 Materials
20 Minutes

Cleaning Vinyl Windows

This deep cleaning method is fast and super effective! Your windows will look nearly new in under 10 minutes. Plus, I'm showing you how to make a chemical-free cleaner that repels bugs and makes your glass shine!

Our house is 25 years old and from the looks of it, these windows have never been cleaned. Here's how I got them sparking again.

Step One: Use a cleaning brush or old toothbrush to knock all the built-on dirt loose. Make sure you access the inside and outside of your windows, to get the best results.

For my vinyl, I was able to just tilt them inside to access the exterior. You may need to remove your storm windows first and go outside to do this. It’s a tad more time-consuming, but the results will be worth it.

Step Two: Vaccuum every inch of your windows, including the glass and the screens, to remove loose dirt. Use your upholstery attachment for the screens and you’ll have better results.

Step Three: Spray a bug-repelling cleaner onto your windows, making sure you cover every surface (including the glass, panes, and interiors).

1/2 cup white vinegar

10 drops mint essential oils

10 drops lemon essential oils

glass spray bottle


To mix, add essential oils to a glass container, using a funnel. Then add the vinegar. It’s very important that you mix the vinegar and oils first, as water and oil won’t mix. Vinegar acts as an antibacterial agent, a glass cleaner, and a solvent for the oils. Once they’ve been thoroughly mixed (I simply shake the bottle), then fill the remainder of the container with hot water and shake again.

Bugs - especially spiders - hate the smell of mint and will stay away. This is awesome because it means you won’t have to clean out spider webs as frequently. Use this solution every time you clean - and you can use it anywhere, even on most countertops (don’t ever use vinegar on marble).

Step Four: Scrub each crevice, while wet with cleaning solution, using an old toothbrush or cleaning brush. Since my windows are vinyl and have begun to discolor, I also added a bit of toothpaste to brighten the plastic.

Step Five: Wipe down all surfaces with a warm, damp cloth. Then buff the glass by rubbing the windows dry, in a circular motion, until no streaks are visible.

I made sure to even scrub down the window hardware because it was gross before!

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3 of 8 questions
  • Amy
    on May 6, 2019

    The headline says toothpaste, but I see nothing about toothpaste in the article. Am I missing something?

    • Crystal Nelson
      on May 6, 2019

      Since my windows are vinyl and have begun to discolor, I also added a bit of toothpaste to brighten the plastic.

  • Lea
    on May 6, 2019

    I am wondering if the Vinegar is harmful to pets. My lay in the widow at the back of the couch?

    • Nancy SY
      on Jul 10, 2019

      Vinegar is not harmful to pets. I use apple cider vinegar and water and lightly spray it on my dogs as a flea repellant.

  • Mileidy
    on May 7, 2019

    Do you have anything to make marble bright again.?

    • Ann
      on Dec 14, 2019

      If you have a little circular hand sander. Get the square green pan scrubbers by scotch. And use that to buff back your shine. But PLEASE WEAR A MASK AND SAFETY GLASSES. Don’t want to breathe the fine dust. Wetting it lightly helps keep the dust down. Hope this helps.

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  • TJ
    on May 7, 2019

    Great cleaning solution for windows, but don't use on granite countertops because the acid from the vinegar will take off the finish and make the granite porous. I would use on stainless steel appliances.

  • Laura
    on May 15, 2019

    great ideas!

    Anyone know how to get the layer of film off that is between 2 window panes?

    • Teri | T. Moore Home
      on May 15, 2019

      It sounds like you've got condensation in your panes. This is a common issue with older (10+ years) vinyl window. When they're manufactured, they're sealed with a layer of gas inside. Over time, the seal breaks down and the gas escapes, allowing for moisture penetration. I have the same issue and have found that the only real solution is to have them resealed by a professional. There are also DIY kits in which you drill a tiny hole in one of the panes of glass to allow for air to escape but that solution doesn't offer any long-term benefits.

      Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. If it makes you feel better, every one of my 16 windows has the exact same problem. The pro I talked to recommended just replacing them all, as even the professional resealing won't last as long as the new vinyl windows on the market.

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