Simple and Fast Way to Clean Windows and Blinds

If your house is anything like ours, your blinds and windows get super dirty, super fast.  I'm sure you feel like it is pretty gross and you want that dirt off your windows!  

Maybe you are like us and live in a small community with farms and fields and the wind is constantly blowing.  Are you looking for a simple and fast way to clean my windows and blinds.  Let me tell you, this is a great way to clean them.

Simple and Fast Way to Clean Windows and Blinds

I will admit sometimes my blinds need to be cleaned more often then the twice a year I usually clean.  So during the holidays I pull out my Holiday Cleaning List Printable and add cleaning windows and blinds to it.  

But mainly, I plan to clean my blinds once in the spring and once in the fall.  If you have blinds like ours, they are made of wood.  This method works great.  If you have fabric blinds, not so much. 

Anyway, I thought I'd share my tips with you.Simple and Fast Way to Clean Windows and Blinds by GYCT

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Materials Needed

Gallon Bucket - you could use something bigger or smaller, but this Gallon size is nice because you'll be hauling it all over your house.


Vinegar - a lot of people have a problem with vinegar, but it is the most natural product and the smell does not last long.  But if you really hate vinegar, I also really love these great and natural products.

Old Socks- yep, that is right just some old socks.  They can even have holes in them!

Water - right from the tap

Q-tips - these are a GREAT way to really clean all the nooks and crannies.  If you don't have some, get some.  They are typically inexpensive and they are great for other household crafts and projects too.



Step 1
Start by filling your bucket 1/4 full of warm water.  Add about 1/2 cup vinegar.  Mix it a bit.


Simple and Fast Way to Clean Windows and Blinds by GYCT


Step 2
Take an old sock.  Put it on your hand and dip it in the water/vinegar mixture.  I start at the top and pull my sock along the top and bottom of each section of my blinds.  You might think it will take forever, but I can get one set of blinds done in about 10 minutes.  I usually will put another sock on my opposite hand and use that one to dry.  So I clean and dry at the same time.

Simple and Fast Way to Clean Windows and Blinds by GYCT



Step 3
Next, I use a q-tip to clean out all the junk that gets stuck in the cracks and crevices.  It is gross because I usually have flies, yuck.  Just dip the q-tip in some of the vinegar mix and get cleaning.


Simple and Fast Way to Clean Windows and Blinds by GYCT

Step 4
Now clean the actual window.  I use Windex and clean both the inside and outside.  I also remove the screen and vacuum or wipe it down.
Simple and Fast Way to Clean Windows and Blinds by GYCT

Step 5
Some of my windows also have curtains so I make sure to take them down and put the in the wash as well.  They get really gross and full of dust.


Simple and Fast Way to Clean Windows and Blinds by GYCT

Simple, fast and super effective.  Plus, no strange smells or leftover residue.  
Now go clean some windows  :)

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17 comments

  1. Thanks for the reminder - and a perfect way to use those socks that I was going to throw away because they have holes in them! Perfect spring cleaning tip. -Deanna {sewmccool}

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  2. You are inspiring me Chelsea to get going on my own spring cleaning. And my 2 yr-old DGD makes window cleaning a frequent necessity!

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  3. This is my least favorite cleaning chore, I use socks too though!

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  4. Why have I never used old socks for this nasty chore? Thanks Chelsea!

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  5. This is basically what I do but with old towels instead of socks. Last month, I went thru so many small towels! I guess I had let my blind cleaning go longer than I should of! Doh!

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  6. I use a paint brush to get the dirt in the cracks and crevices and brush it out the window, then wipe clean with some windex !

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    1. Great idea about the paint brush! I'll have to try that. Thanks for sharing.

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    2. I use paintbrushes for lots of tight spot cleaning. Those vents in the car??? AWESOME! I buy them cheap at the dollar store.

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    3. I also use paint brushes to clean my lamp shaded. Take them outside.

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  7. I just toss my curtains in the dryer - no washing needed if the problem is just dust build up!

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    1. That would be a lot quicker Mary. Thanks for the tip

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    2. If you do wash the curtains, hang them up straight out of the washer. They will dry in place, no ironing needed.

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  8. I use the 3" paint brush DRY, brush it across some dryer sheet, pre dryer use, and dust the fronts of the DVD player, computer key boards, VHS, etc, buttons and just inside the window...back of the computer monitor, rear of the television in the vents, vacuum the paint brush, between jobs, as well as as you can skate ithe vac tube or brush across the bigger surfaces, that way, the dust doesn't accumulate elsewhere.

    Remember to wash out your vacuum's removable and washable filters, let dry thoroughly before reinstallation

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    1. I love the paint brush idea. Thanks for sharing

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  9. For windows I use a 0000 steel wool pad, rub it all over the window & if there is any dirt or dust left I just brush it away with a dry paper towel. It takes a lot less time & my windows literally sparkle. As for blinds, I happened to have 1/2 a lemon that I had squeezed the juice from to use in something I was cooking. Instead of throwing it away I decided to try it on the dirty mini blinds on the window over the kitchen sink as they seem to get dirtier than the other blinds. I was amazed at how quickly & thoroughly it cleaned the 4 slats that I tried it on.

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    1. Great tip about the steel wool. I will have to try it! Thanks for sharing

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  10. for metal blinds take down and spray with bleach outside and rinse.

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