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This One Change Can Give You Streak-Free, Cleaner Windows

A window soaked with cleaner and a woman on the other side holding a bottle of cleaner and a microfiber cloth.
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Getting clean, streak-free glass when you’re washing windows or mirrors can be a real pain in the neck (and other areas). Well, there’s one thing you might be missing that could be a real game changer, and we’ll give you a hint: It’s all about the material.

You’ve probably been told that using paper towels with your cleaning solution is a good method for cleaning glass, but it’s actually not the best. First, it can quickly get expensive (six rolls of paper towels will easily run you $10 or more).

Paper towels are also ultra-absorbent, so you’ll be using a lot more cleaner. If you’re trying to be more eco-friendly, it’s a fail there as well, because you’ll be creating so much waste.

Of course, you have the reusable, more eco-friendly option of traditional terrycloth rags, but then you have the lint problem to deal with. Who wants tiny bits of material left all over their clean windows?

So, what’s the solution? Well, according to Apartment Therapy, it’s all about microfiber towels. They’re densely woven, which allows them to effectively clean without leaving behind any lint. Unlike paper towels, they also require very little cleaner to get the job done. Another bonus of microfiber towels is you can wash and reuse them for ages, so they cut down on waste.

Be sure to check out the rest of the tips—they’ll make your glass-cleaning routine far less frustrating!

Shea Simmons Shea Simmons
Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »

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