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School Smart: Finding Creative Cleaning Solutions

Hi. I’m Rosemary and I’m in charge of cleaning services for a large university. It really is a challenge. From graffiti on walls to chemical spills in science labs, I ensure that anything unsightly is cleaned up quickly and safely. In the course of my job, I’ve learnt that choosing the correct cleaning service for a task is the key to efficiency. I employ a general services company to do everyday cleaning, however, we regularly hire specialist carpet cleaners and definitely use qualified services for problems like chemical spills. Lots of my family members and friends call me when they have particular cleaning problems in their businesses. I figure that the knowledge I’ve collected over the years could be helpful, so I’ve started this blog. Do let me know if it’s useful and may your surfaces always be bright!

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Making Your Own Window/Glass Cleaning Solutions

by Phillip Clark

While it is nice to have clean, clear windows and other glass surfaces cleaned, using harsh cleaning solutions can aggravate certain health conditions. For instance, if you have respiratory issues, asthma, or allergies, these solutions can make it extremely difficult to breathe. But, you don't necessarily need to use harsh chemicals to clean your glass surfaces. In fact, you can make your own window cleaners from common household ingredients that you likely use every day. Here are a few different solutions you can make at home.

Vinegar and Water

Many people swear by vinegar for a streak-free shine on their windows. All you need to do is dilute some vinegar in water, and put it in a spray bottle. Spray windows and other glass surfaces, and wipe dry with old newspapers. This is a guaranteed way to clean windows and other glass surfaces and have no streaks when you are finished. Vinegar is acidic, so be sure not to use it on porous surfaces, such as marble and other types of stone. The acidity can leave permanent marks in the stone.

Vinegar and Rubbing Alcohol

You only need four ingredients for this home-made window cleaner. Mix one cup of rubbing alcohol, one cup of water, six tablespoons of white vinegar, and one quarter of a teaspoon of dish liquid in a spray bottle. Shake well to mix all of the ingredients. Again, use old newspapers instead of cloths to wipe the glass surfaces dry after cleaning.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

This solution is more for cutting boards and other flat glass surfaces. Place baking soda on the glass surface, and pour vinegar over the soda. The mixture will foam up. Leave it on the glass for a couple of minutes, and wipe away. This will make the glass clean and clear, and remove any food stains. This is also a great all-purpose cleaner for laminate counter tops.

Baking Soda and Water

You can also make a window cleaner out of baking soda and water. Mix a cup of soda with three cups of water, and let the soda dissolve. Spray onto surfaces to clean. There will be an extra step involved, as you will need to wipe away the baking soda residue with clear water.

Rubbing Alcohol and Ammonia

This is a stronger-smelling solution, so make sure that you have a fan running or windows open when using it. Mix one cup of rubbing alcohol with eight cups of water and a quarter of a cup of ammonia (the non-sudsy variety).

For more information or help, check out websites such as http://www.acgwindowcleaning.com.

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