Cheap way to clean windows and glass doors 'leaves no residue'

a cleaning product spray bottle next to a window
This is a clever tip for streak-free windows -Credit:Getty Images

Crumpled newspaper is the secret to sparkling patio doors this spring and summer, according to a home improvement expert. As the weather warms up, the desire to maintain a blemish-free home remains strong.

However, with the ongoing cost of living crisis, achieving such cleanliness may seem financially daunting. Myles Robinson of Value Doors has offered a budget-friendly solution to effortlessly restoring your glass patio doors - and your windows - to their former glory without breaking the bank.

He said: "Newspaper fibres are naturally absorbent and finely textured, making them perfect for achieving spotless and streakless glass. Compared to common cloths and paper towels, newspaper outperforms by leaving virtually no residue behind, resulting in a pristine shine every time."

Myles breaks down the process into three steps: "Firstly, assemble several sheets of newspaper and prepare a gentle cleaning solution in a spray bottle, preferably a mixture of white vinegar and water for its mild yet effective cleaning properties. Then generously mist the glass with the solution and use crumpled newspaper to scrub in a circular motion.

"The ink on the newspaper is a bonus, helping to lift stains for immaculate results. Lastly, take a fresh piece of dry newspaper to buff the glass, enhancing the shine dramatically. It's the final flourish that makes all the difference."

Choosing the right cleaning solution is crucial, according to Myles, which is why he recommends non-toxic white vinegar.

"Using a gentle, non-abrasive cleaner such as white vinegar will preserve your class and keep it looking pristine," he said. "Generic cleaning solutions that contain harsh and toxic chemicals can damage surfaces or leave behind streaks, tarnishing the finish."

When it comes to stubborn spots and fingerprints, Myles has a trick up his sleeve. "For tough stains, you can apply the vinegar solution directly onto the spot and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it away with the newspaper," he said. "And for particularly stubborn stains, you can use a microfibre cloth for added scrubbing power."

Not only is this method effective, but it's also environmentally friendly. "Using newspaper instead of disposable paper towels or wipes reduces waste and is a sustainable choice for cleaning," Myles said.

Myles suggests using this method as part of a regular maintenance routine to keep your glass patio doors looking their best. "By cleaning them regularly with this budget-friendly solution, you can extend the lifespan of your doors and avoid costly replacements," he said.