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How to clean Windows faster and easier!

Window Cleaning Tips from a Pro: Clean windows faster. As a retired house cleaner I have tried many methods of cleaning windows. This is by far the fastest and easiest I have personally used.

How to clean windows faster and easier! I have seen a few window cleaning posts online but none of them supply one vital tip that made my window cleaning efforts most efficient.

Now I am a full time blogger but when I cleaned professionally this window cleaning technique was a game changer for me.  We were paid by the unit (per house not by hour) so speeding things up while maintaining quality was key.

This trick was taught to me by someone who ran a window cleaning service, and they charged by the window so I know they found it to be most effective too.

Get your windows sparkling clean in no time. Quick and easy tips anyone can do!


  • 2 gallon bucket (or container of choice)
  • Warm water with a couple drops dish washing liquid added (my favorite is Lemon Fresh Joy, not concentrate. The purpose of the dish soap is to break the surface of the dirt and grease molecule so the water can wash it away. A tiny bit of soap is sufficient to do the job, anymore and it leaves a residue. More soap is not better at cleaning)
  • I also have used Dawn but since it is a concentrate use just one drop!  Do not use any soap with moisturizers in it. 
  • Clean absorbent towels (not rinsed with fabric softener)
  • A good squeegee
  • Glass safe scrubby sponge or window scrubber
  • Homemade all purpose cleaner (recipe below)


My favorite for this was the original Lemon Fresh Joy (not concentrate) and I have not found that in a long time. (it is important not to use more than a few drops on dish washing liquid, the purpose of it is to break the surface of the dirt molecule, a tiny bit is sufficient. If you use more you will leave residue which causes streaks)
So now I use Dawn Hawaiian scent, which is a concentrate so one drop is enough.

Homemade All Purpose Window Cleaner

Mix in a one gallon plastic jug (I use a re-purpose milk jug)

  • 1 Gallon distilled water (distilled has all the minerals removed making for a streak free finish)
  • 2 cups rubbing alcohol (90%, not the 50%, if you use the 50% then use 4 cups)
  • 1/4 ammonia (some prefer to use vinegar in place of the ammonia but I personally did not find it as effective)
  • 2 tsp dish washing liquid (be sure to add the dish soap last)

I like the shine I get after using my spray mixture and the added grime busting ability but it is not absolutely necessary, you can just scrub down the window with the dawn solution that is in your bucket if you wish.

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Get Started on how to Clean windows faster

Liberally spray the dirty window with the homemade all purpose cleaner.  The alcohol and ammonia really help cut the grime.

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Using your window scrubber or a glass safe scrubby sponge, dip it in your bucket of warm water and scrub it down.  If it has been a long time since your windows have been cleaned this may take a bit of scrubbing.

Just FYI In the photo I am using the wrong type sponge, use only the blue ones for glass.  When I photographed this I made sure not to use the green scrubby side of this sponge, that could scratch the glass.

I actually now prefer the professional window scrubber that is listed in the Amazon link.  It does a wonderful job and has an extension that makes higher windows easier to clean.  window cleaning 3

My TRICK that makes window cleaning go Faster (important part)

Use one of your clean dry towels, put it over your finger and rub it along the top and side edges of the window. This creates a dry clean edge for the squeegee to work from.

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Squeegee the windows

Start you squeegee on either side with the top and one edge in the dry areas create by your towel covered finger.  Wipe the squeegee with a dry towel between some of the swipes.  The dry edge creates the perfect surface to get a good start and you don’t have to be up against the window edge and causing missed spots.  window cleaning 5

There is little to no cleaning up leftover drips from the squeegee when you use this method making it much faster. Once you are done squeegeeing the window is sparkling clean with no streaks!


No Squeegee?

If you don’t have a squeegee you can just spray with the cleaner and wipe dry with paper towels or a microfiber cloth.  That days take more time and effort but it gets the job done.

Happy Cleaning!


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Thursday 18th of June 2020

So much to take away! You gave us a lot of valuable information for professional cleaners and the average home care cleaner. Deffinetly going to use the dry towel first idea, keep up the awesome work Pamela!

Steve Verdejo

Wednesday 25th of March 2020

Hi there! Thank you for the valuable information! I recently started a window cleaning business and I came across this article. I really appreciate you taking the time to educate us on this! Very informative!

Katy WindowWash

Thursday 12th of December 2019

Very informative, thanks! We are in the early stages of our window cleaning business and really appreciate your advice - especially that more soap does not clean better, just use a drop. Your recipe is very handy so we can mix our own cleaner for better quality, be a better value, save money, and be people and pet friendly. Thank you again and may all your windows always be crystal clear!

Pflugerville Window Cleaners

Friday 25th of October 2019

I loved the idea of wiping the top of the window with a towel first... This will definitely help your windows be streak-free! Thanks for the tips!


Sunday 6th of October 2019

Great article! Cleaning one’s home windows is not always as simple a DIY task as some might believe it to be. I always believe that safety, effectiveness, time, and overall cost can be major factors in deciding between what to take on myself and what to leave to professionals. Thanks again for the great post 🙂

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