Household cleaners are one of the biggest toxin offenders out there. By making your own window cleaning solution, you'll not only help the environment, but could significantly reduce your costs. When you're running a business, commercial cleaning products can be a significant expense. While making your own may seem tedious, it only takes a matter of minutes, and the results are well worth it.

If you'd like to tackle your window cleaning in-house, the following guide will help. 

Wait for a Cloudy Day

Direct sunlight may make it easier to see dirt and streaks, but it will also dry the windows too quickly, leaving streaky marks on the surface. Therefore, you should wait for a calm, cloudy day if you're planning on cleaning the exterior side of your windows.

Remove Excess Dust and Debris

Start by removing any excess dust and debris with a regular microfibre cloth. If there are streaks or stains, use a damp sponge to scrub them away. Before you continue, give the window a dry with an old rag, working from the top down to avoid transferring dirt onto another spot.

Create a Vinegar/Rubbing Alcohol Solution

In a regular spray bottle, combine 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 cup of isopropyl (rubbing alcohol), 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 2 cups of water. If you want to leave your windows smelling as fresh as they look, feel free to add a few drops of essential oil as well. Give the bottle a shake and spray a light layer directly onto your windows. Use microfibre cloths to wipe down the surface.

Alternatively, if you don't have all of the ingredients above, just add a cup of white distilled vinegar to a bucket of warm water. While this cleaning solution won't remove grime and grease as efficiently, it'll work just fine for a routine cleanse.

Polish the Surface

When your windows are clean and dry, buff them with some crumpled newspaper. Wipe in a circular motion to leave the surface clear and blemish free. The ink will add an extra sparkle without transferring to the surface. In addition, the paper can be recycled, supporting your company's green ethos.

In the world of business making a good first impression is paramount. While a few streaks on your windows will hardly deter clients, a messy, dirty premises could reflect poorly on your overall corporate image. Try to clean your office windows at least twice per year to keep them in pristine condition.