Asked on Jun 08, 2015

Removing haze on the outside of the windows

by Carole

I can not get the outside of my windows clean. They look like they have a smokey haze no matter what I use. I have tried nearly all of the home remedies from the internet/pintrest such as baking soda, ammonia, lemon juice, Dawn, etc. and the old standbys like Windex. It feels like there is a film on them and you can feel the drag on the towel/cloth as you're drying them. I need help. I have 12 large ones in my sun room. Can someone tell me how to clean cloudy glass windows?

  12 answers
  • Gloria Gloria on Jun 08, 2015
    magic eraser or goo gone
  • Nancy Bowen Nancy Bowen on Jun 08, 2015
    baking soda & borateem with scrbbie sponge & lots of water.
  • Kate Kate on Jun 08, 2015
    Did you use the Dawn and/or ammonia with really HOT water? Has anything you've used improved the haze at all, even the slightest? If it responded to something, however imperfectly, that might give you a clue as to the nature of what's coating the windows. Or....are you certain that the haze is something ON the window and not fine-grit damage of some sort to the glass surface itself?
  • Doreen Kearns Doreen Kearns on Jun 09, 2015
    the haze may be if you clean your window while the sun is shining on them ..I clean when the sun is no longer directly on the window .. this may help
  • Sue Sue on Jun 09, 2015
    SOS pad works great.
  • Angie Angie on Jun 09, 2015
    Found this: If it doesn't work, you may have a broken seal and are seeing the "smog" between the panes (if you have the energy efficient double pane windows), the window will need to be replaced because it will never go away.
  • Cindy Richmond Cindy Richmond on Jun 09, 2015
    Don't use SOS or other harsh abrasives like baking soda or Comet, etc! They will permanently scratch the glass. If you have hard water and if the windows have been sprayed with it, like from lawn sprinklers, the the glass may have been 'etched' which is permanent damage and will not be able to be removed. Or if you have dual pane windows, which are sealed with some sort of a gas between the two panes of glass, the there may be leaks in the seals which creates cloudy windows. but that is from the inside and wouldn't cause you to feel that drag on the glass. You might try calling a professional glass installation business to see if they have any ideas of what the problem may be. I'm sure they'd have a solution though - new windows! :) Hope you don't have to go to that extreme expense! Best of luck.
  • Libby Wick Libby Wick on Jun 14, 2015
    My Grandma's tip - scrunched up newspaper and vinegar. She always had gloriously gleaming windows. Although I'm not too sure if the print on newspaper is a carbon based ink these days. I can recommend WD40. It not only gives the glass a nice clean it also repels water, so no smears from the rain, sprinklers, etc. Just a little squirt and then polish the windows.
  • Ara49911506 Ara49911506 on Jul 05, 2021

    Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Sheets for the win!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 21, 2021

    If all else fails, I'm afraid it has to be live with them or get windows re-glazed.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 02, 2023

    Hi Carole, I hope this helps, it has a great idea

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 02, 2023

    You first need to be sure that the foggy haze isn't in between the double panes of glass. If the seal breaks and moisture gets in there nothing really fixes it besides a new window.