While cleaning the window areas may seem daunting, it really will not take more than a few hours in your spring-cleaning schedule. However, this is one of those projects that is noticeable in a speedy and lovely way. I suggest you put on a good rock station and dance while you do these chores!
I wear gloves since I am handling three different products during the entire process. I do not want to irritate or dry out my hands.
Take down the mini-blinds that are plastic. Hose them off in the shower and then place them in the dishwasher. Run the blinds on a no dry, quick wash, cycle. Once they are finished, let them air dry. Putting them back up will be your last chore. All other fragile window coverings and drapes should be cleaned according to their specific instructions.
Inside Window Panes
Use a glass squeegee; otherwise you are just moving dirt around. Take a spritzer bottle: add water and about four drops of ammonia. Spray the windowpanes with the potion, then squeegee in a downward motion. Wipe up the mess and then move on to the next step.
Mix three cups of water with a tablespoon of peppermint oil. Wipe all the lintels and windowsills with the mixture. By doing this you accomplish three jobs: cleaning the areas, making the areas smell delightful, and keeping bugs away. Bugs do not like peppermint oil. When you open your windows in the spring, you do not want creatures to crawl in. Do not get heavy handed with the oil; you do not want sticky spots. If you do not like the peppermint smell, finish the job with a swipe from a damp rag. The rag should be moistened with white vinegar and water.
You may now put up the mini-blinds or any drapes you had cleaned. The window areas look great and you can see the crocuses popping up outside.