If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then actual windows give the first glimpse of a home’s soul— except when they’re streaky!

There may be nothing so satisfying as perfectly-cleaned glass, but there’s also nothing so frustrating as actually doing the cleaning. Whether you’re scrubbing windows, mirrors, or a glass-topped coffee table, you need this chore to be easier. So we’ve rounded up our best 5 Tips for Cleaning Glass, and we’re sharing them today!

  1. Distill when you dilute.
    The water you use to clean glass matters, and you should be using distilled water. Whether you’re making your own glass cleaner from scratch or simply watering down a store-bought one, distilled water is the way to go. One of the sneakiest causes of cloudy, streaky glass is hard water, and our water often has mineral deposits in it that get left behind on the glass, causing those pesky streaks. The solution? Distilled water, the cleanest H₂O around!
  2. Wipe with the right stuff.
    When you need to clean your glass, do you normally just grab the roll of paper towels out of the kitchen? Stop it! They actually leave behind lint and create – you guessed it! – streaks. Instead, use microfiber cloths or, if you want something disposable, newspaper!
  3. Spray with the smart solution.
    As for what you should be spraying onto that glass? A simple mix of 1 part vinegar, 1 part water should do the trick! If you hate the smell of vinegar, you can also make your own cleaner with equal parts water and rubbing alcohol, with just a tablespoon of vinegar for good measure. You can also use rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab to buff away gunky spots before you scrub, so you’re not just dragging dirt or residue from one spot to the other.
  4. Work fast.
    Stop streaks before they start by drying the glass off its cleaner quickly. After all, you don’t want to be stuck doing this chore any longer than you really need to do it, right?!
  5. Embrace the power of the “S.”
    Whether you think of it as an “S-pattern” or a “Z-pattern,” there’s no doubt that the secret to good glass-cleaning is wiping and cleaning in a zigzag pattern, starting at the top left of your glass and working your way down to the bottom right, zigging and zagging all the way. Not only does cleaning your glass this way guarantee you won’t miss any spots, it also helps you cut down on any streaking!

Now it’s time to see these tips in action, don’t you think?! The S-pattern, especially, is one tip you should see demonstrated, and we don’t expect you to take our word for it with the other tips, either. Check out our 5 Best Glass Cleaning Tips in action in our video below!

Do you have any glass cleaning tips of your own to share? What do you think of ours? Do you make your own glass cleaner, or do you prefer to stick with good ol’ store brands? Share your thoughts with us!