The 10 Best Products for Keeping Your Windows Clean
Window cleaning is tedious work that doesn't always yield crystal-clear results. These cleansers and tools will help you get the task done more quickly—and may save you from having to set up your extension ladder.
It doesn’t take much to get a window dirty. Dust, smudges, fingerprints, and streaks can attract the eye and make an entire room appear less tidy. Dirty windows are a persistent problem, and they need persistent attention to keep a home looking its best.
The right tools can keep your windows clean and make the chore fast and easy. From cleaning solutions to long-handled squeegees, there are plenty of options for making glass crystal clear, both inside and out.
1. Unger 2-in-1 Microfiber Scrubber and Squeegee
Cleaning multiple windows is a lot of work when using paper towels and a spray bottle. Skip the paper towels and instead grab Unger’s combination scrubber and squeegee, which does a lot of the work for you. Wet and clean windows with the microfiber scrubber (which won’t scratch the glass) before flipping the tool over to remove excess water with the rubber squeegee blade.
2. E-Cloth Window Cleaning Kit
If you prefer chemical-free cleaning, these E-Cloth microfiber cloths require just a touch of water and a little elbow grease to leave your windows with a streak-free finish. Dampen the waffle-weave window cloth to lift and trap dirt and grime, then wipe the window with the dry polishing cloth. When you’re done, toss the microfiber cloths into the wash and reuse them again and again.
3. Windex Outdoor Glass & Patio Concentrated Cleaner
Windex is a name in glass cleaning that requires little introduction. Its versatile outdoor cleaner can tackle not only windows, but also patio furniture, siding, and more. It’s easy to use, and the spray can reach high windows—no ladders required.
Windex Outdoor Glass & Patio Concentrated Cleaner is super easy to use: Simply attach it to the nozzle of your garden hose and remove the yellow plug from the bottle. Spray the windows using the “rinse” setting, then turn the dial to “clean” to apply the solution. Leave it on for about 15 seconds before rinsing the window again. There’s no need to wipe it dry! When you’re done, replace the yellow plug for storage.
4. MyLifeUNIT Window Screen Cleaner
A dirty window screen can obstruct views and make even clean glass appear grimy. While cleaning screens may not be the easiest chore, the right tool can simplify the process.
This handheld mesh screen cleaner can make a visible difference when scrubbing with water alone, but if you’re up against particularly stubborn grime, add a little soap to your bucket. The pad’s long fibers reach inside the small holes of a window screen, dislodging die-hard dirt. In between window screen cleanings, you can also use the brush for general dusting or scrubbing around the house.
5. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Sheets
Mr. Clean Magic Erasers seem to do it all, even keeping windows clean. Although they’re mildly abrasive and not recommended for glass, they can help with ornery grime when used lightly, and they’re great for effortlessly removing marks and dirt from window sills and frames. Just don’t use them on glossy, painted surfaces.
For cleaning around windows, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Sheets are preferable to the standard Magic Eraser sponges. This is because the sheets (sold in packs of 16) are more flexible and can better reach small crevices and corners. To use a Magic Eraser Sheet, get it wet, squeeze out the excess water, and wipe or scrub your problem surface clean.
6. Windex Outdoor All-In-One Glass and Window Cleaner Tool
An efficient window-washing tool is always appreciated. The Windex glass cleaning tool starter kit—specifically intended for outdoor windows—includes a handle, four 1-foot pole sections, and a pad soaked with a cleaning agent. You can attach an extension pole (not included in the starter kit) to reach even further, and potentially eliminate the need to teeter on a ladder to clean your second-story windows. To use the window-cleaning tool, spray the window with water, clean it with the long-handled scrubbing pad, and rinse it off for a streak-free shine. No hand-drying is required, and each pad can clean up to 20 windows.
Although this product is designed for outdoor cleaning, it works well on the inside of skylights, too. Simply remove the cleaning pad, attach a microfiber cloth to the end, and use it to wipe a dusty skylight.
7. Rain-X Glass Cleaner and Rain Repellent
Glass cleaner on its own can only do so much. However, if you add a rain-repellent coating to your outdoor windows, car windows, or even glass shower doors, water will bead up and roll off of the coated surface, keeping the glass clear.
To apply a hydrophobic layer to dry glass, spray it with Rain-X and wipe in a circular motion. The water-repellent coating should leave your glass streak-free and improve visibility, regardless of what the weather’s doing. You’ll need to reapply as necessary, but the extra protection can make a significant difference between cleanings.
8. Baban Adjustable-Height Squeegee
Handheld squeegees are fine for windows that you can reach without a ladder, but for glass that’s higher up, an adjustable squeegee lets you pick a handle length to fit the job while keeping your feet on the ground.
We recommend the Baban Window Squeegee, as its four-section pole can be assembled to extend up to 61 inches. Its adaptable design features a comfort-grip handle and a cleaning head that has both a squeegee and a machine-washable microfiber cloth. Additionally, a rubber joint adjusts the cleaning head so it can make contact with every corner of a window. Weighing just 1.5 pounds, this squeegee isn’t likely to tax your muscles and joints.
9. Rienar Window Track Cleaning Brushes
Clearing window tracks of dust and debris should be part of any thorough window cleaning. Sure, a toothbrush may reach some of the dirt, but short bristles won’t be able to extract everything out of the window track.
That’s where this two-pack of Rienar’s long nylon-bristle brushes comes in. The brush’s built-in finger grips mean it should fit nicely in your hand, and the curved, pointy end of the handle is actually a scraper for dislodging any debris trapped in tight corners. Use it on window tracks, sliding patio doors, shower doors, and more.
10. HOPE’S Perfect Glass Cleaner
HOPE’S has been in the cleaning business for almost 50 years. Its ammonia-free cleaning formula, Perfect Glass, is safe for use on multiple types of glass surfaces, including tinted windows (and tint film), glass cooktops, and even smart device screens. Just spray, wipe, and step back to admire the results of your work.
The prices listed here are accurate as of publication on January 31, 2022.