Use Newspaper For Sparkling Windows On The Cheap

If you've heard of people using newspaper to clean windows but you've never tried it — possibly for lack of faith in the cleaning ability of smudge-prone news print — check out this before and after photo and guide.

Over at the home-centred blog Re-Nest they demonstrate the viability of newspaper as a paper towel/rag replacement when it comes to shining up your windows — as seen in the photo above. You'll need some newspaper and some window cleaning spray — see the full article at the link below for some homemade spray recipes. Spray the window down and hit it with the newspaper:

Begin in a circular pattern to wipe off all the spots. Then, switch to a vertical, and then horizontal stroke until all the liquid has dissipated and you're left with a shinny, streak free windows!

Note: for vinyl windows, I've found that the newsprint leaves a mark on the white frame. Avoid rubbing the window frame with newspaper and stick to the glass.

It works as well, if not better, than paper towel and if you're already piling up newspapers to be recycled you've got plenty on hand for the job. Have a cheap way to reuse recycling bin cast-off? Let's hear about it in the comments.

How-To: Clean a Window with Newspaper [Re-Nest]


    I just use paper towel but no window cleaning spray. No streaks this way. It takes a little more effort to get everything off the window, but not much more.

    My families business was contract cleaning and we always used newspaper for cleaning windows. My father used to swear it was the ink that made windows streak free :)

    I use newspapers but I don't always have newspapers available. I find the pages of the otherwise completely useless yellow/whitepages to be an excellent substitute though.

    My Mum totally does this and it works very, very well.

    Most modern newpapers use toner, rather than ink, and the effect is not really the same - it was the ink that was doing the work, not the paper.

    But it still works - just not as well.

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