There is a gray haze around your house and isn't because of pollution. It's because your windows are long overdue for a cleaning. But before you grit your teeth in frustration and declare that you don't do windows, take our quiz and learn about the secret tool for streak free, shiny windows: newspapers.
Many people use paper towels to clean their windows, which leaves lint-speckled streaks across it.
There is a popular household tradition that says that white vinegar and water applied to glass with old newspapers is the best method for cleaning windows.
Old newspapers are a good choice because they are free, easy to come by and, unlike paper towels, they are recyclable.
Cloudy days are best for cleaning windows; sunshine dries the cleaning solution too quickly, leaving streaks.
Sizing is the material added to newspapers and paper towels to make them water absorbent. This explains why they are both effective cleaners; they absorb the water instead of pushing it around.
Ink will transfer to your hands or the wooden window trimmings, but not onto glass, because glass is a slick, non porous surface.
Either the ink or the paper itself has a sandpaper like texture which cuts through dirt.
Today, ink is vegetable-based. It used to be petroleum based.
Other effective window-cleaning tools are squeegees or cloth diapers.
A downside of using newspapers is that the ink can transfer to your hands or window trimmings and wet newspapers tend to disintegrate.