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]