Wow. That’s all I could say when I saw how much crud could accumulate on seemingly clean windows. Well, that and “ewwww”!
Some back-story. We just bought a house whose previous owner was a smoker. Not surprisingly, there was a faint odor throughout the house. No problem thought I, a little cleaning and it will be as good as new. I’ll wait for you to finish laughing.
Many days later and I can literally see the light at the end. Literally, because I never realized how filthy windows could be while still looking pretty clean. My first pass over many of the panes invariably produced a disgusting result.
Just thinking about breathing in this garbage makes me slightly ill. Now, if nobody has ever smoked in your home you may less dramatic results. Maybe. You won’t know until you actually start cleaning.
Don’t forget the often overlooked windows in your home, like this one above our front door. It was just as filthy as the others.
And it’s not just the windows you need to be concerned with. I got the same results from cleaning the blinds and ceiling fans. The blinds were especially problematic as they had to be dissembled and hand cleaned (wood slats not plastic). I found that soaking the strings in a solution of OxyClean for at least half an hour turned them from yellow to white and removed the contaminants.
You don’t need to go out and buy an expensive cleaning solution to achieve great results. My cleaner of choice was Seventh Generation Natural Glass and Surface Cleaner. No fumes, non-toxic, and plant-based. What’s not to love? Plus, Seventh Generation donates 10% of their profits to “organizations working for positive change”. Bonus!
How is this Self-Reliance related? Many of the afflictions we have to deal with are self-inflicted. Poor air quality in our homes is one of them. There are millions of people dealing with chronic asthma, allergies, and other respiratory illnesses on a daily basis. You might be one yourself. Think about how much time you spend breathing the air in your home and then think about all the potential contaminants lurking on your windows, blinds, and ceiling fans. Taking control of your environment and taking responsibility for your health are core components of being Self-Reliant.
So break out the paper towels (paper towels because I was NOT going to run rags contaminated with this stuff through my washer) and cleaner and get to work. Good luck and breathe easier!
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