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Best Window Cleaning Tools and Tips

Best tools for washing windows, indoor and outdoor window washing tools

It’s a good idea to wash your windows inside and out a few times a year to keep them in great, clear condition. In order to do a good job, you’re going to want to use the best window cleaning tools you can get! See below for my recommended cleaning tools, cleaning solutions, and cleaning tips for sparkling clean windows.

Best Window Cleaning Tools:

Best Window Cleaning Tools for Exterior Windows

Cleaning exterior windows is a different animal than interior windows. Outdoor windows are exposed to the elements! Wind, dirt, rain, bird droppings, and more will collect on exterior windows. And in theory, you clean your interior windows more frequently than exterior. All of this is to say, cleaning outdoor windows is a big job, and for big jobs you need sturdy tools. Here are what I consider the essentials:

Scrubber & Squeegee

Unger 961872 Professional Microfiber Window Combi: 2-in-1 Professional Squeegee and Window Scrubber,...
  • 2-in-1 tool with squeegee on one side and scrubber on the other makes cleaning windows faster
  • 14-inch rubber squeegee blade gives you professional cleaning power
  • Attaches to a telescopic pole (not included) for extended reach

For washing large windows outdoors, I recommend investing in a scrubber/squeegee combo. If you have second (or third!) story windows to clean, it’s also worth investing in an extension pole so you can reach them more easily.

Sal Suds Cleaning Solution

Dr. Bronner's - Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner (1 Gallon) - All-Purpose Cleaner, Pine Cleaner for...
  • VERSATILE ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER: Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner is powerful &...
  • PERFECT FOR GENERAL HOUSEHOLD CLEANING: Sal Suds cleans & rinses with exceptional power, yet is mild...
  • PLANT-BASED SURFACTANTS THAT WORK: A balanced formulation that cuts grease & dirt, generates copious...

You are going to need a solid window washing solution to use with your scrubber and squeegee tools. Combine ½ tsp of Sal Suds for every quart of water you use in a bucket (see my pick below). Dip your scrubber in your cleaning bucket before using it to wash the exterior of your windows. 

Bucket

Casabella 4-Gallon Bucket
  • 4-GALLON RECTANGULAR CLEANING BUCKET: Great for a variety of cleaning tasks and designed with a...
  • INTEGRATED BOTTOM CHANNELS: Channels along the bottom of the bucket allow dirt and debris to settle,...
  • INTERIOR MEASUREMENTS: Interior calibrated measuring strip makes it easy to measure precise...

I use this bucket for all of my cleaning tasks. I use it to wash windows, pre-treat stained laundry, and mop my floors. I love that it stores conveniently under my sink stacked with my cleaning caddy

Microfiber

E-Cloth Window Cleaning Set, Reusable Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, 300 Wash Guarantee, Green, 2 Cloth...
  • Effective — The E-Cloth Window Cleaning Pack is all you need for sparkling windows. Dampened with...
  • Easy — The waffle-weave Window Cloth grabs grime, dust and more from the smoothest surfaces and...
  • Environmental — Those blue mystery sprays make us uneasy, too. We prefer using masses of...

I use microfiber cloths to wipe window edges and any drips left behind by the squeegee.

Best Window Cleaning Tools for Interior Windows

When cleaning indoor windows, you can technically use all of the same gear you use to clean the exterior of your windows. The only thing is, your window tracks will get more wet if you use a scrubber/squeegee combo than they will if you use a spray bottle/microfiber combo. 

This is not necessarily a bad thing! I encourage you to regularly clean your window tracks anyway, so this could be a way of handling both tasks at once. But if you’re more interested in keeping your interior window frames dry, then I recommend the following tools and products.

Spray Bottle

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Empty Amber Glass Spray Bottles with Labels (2 Pack) - 16oz Refillable Container for Essential Oils,...
  • 2 pack of bottles with uv protection that protects against degradation from ultraviolet light and...
  • Great design that fits in your hand but is large enough that you will not have to constantly refill....
  • Save money, help the environment, and reduce plastic chemicals in your house with a clean chemical...

I like using glass spray bottles for all of my cleaning solutions. They are refillable, long lasting, and more easily recycled than plastic alternatives. 

Distilled White Vinegar

The Sal Suds and water mixture certainly works as well indoors as it does outdoors, but alternatively you can use one part distilled white vinegar and one part water. Mix well in your spray bottle before using on your windows and mirrors!

Microfiber

E-Cloth Window Cleaning Set, Reusable Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, 300 Wash Guarantee, Green, 2 Cloth...
  • Effective — The E-Cloth Window Cleaning Pack is all you need for sparkling windows. Dampened with...
  • Easy — The waffle-weave Window Cloth grabs grime, dust and more from the smoothest surfaces and...
  • Environmental — Those blue mystery sprays make us uneasy, too. We prefer using masses of...

I’ll use a microfiber to clean smaller windows and to wipe up drips when using a squeegee on larger windows.

Squeegee

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Unger Professional Steel Squeegee with Replacement Rubber, 16"
  • Professional-grade rubber blade cleans windows with 100% streak-free results
  • Ergonomic rubber grip
  • Lightweight, stainless-steel construction - only .6 pounds

Even if you’re using a spray bottle on your indoor windows, you can still wipe them clean very quickly with a squeegee. I actually use a squeegee on our large, mirrored closet doors to save myself time and scrubbing energy.

My last tip is to get your family involved! Kids love washing windows (especially with a squeegee) – let them! Here is a list of cleaning tools and activities appropriate for kids and toddlers.

Jane jones

Wednesday 11th of August 2021

Based on experience, it is a lot better to use microfiber cloth to wipe the windows than tissue or newspaper. This will also save you a lot of time and money. Great list, very informative and helpful.