Add ‘extra sparkle’ and ‘remove stubborn streaks’ on windows by using baking powder

Adam Pawson, head of digital at Safestyle suggested using baking powder to get windows to shine. 

He also shared his tips for removing stubborn streak marks left on when cleaning. 

To begin, Adam recommends using a “microfibre or paper cloth” to “remove dust” from the window before cleaning. 

Next, “using a spray consisting of one part distilled (white) vinegar to 10 parts warm water”, apply it directly onto another cloth “before being rubbed evenly against the glass”. 

“For a bit of extra sparkle, sprinkle some baking powder onto the cloth before you add the solution and it will aid the cleaning process,” Adam added. 

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Baking powder can be purchased for as little as 50p in some supermarkets, and a tub can offer 5-10 uses depending on how much is used, making it a cheap cleaning product. 

As for how baking powder works, it is traditionally used as a leavening agent in baking, but due to its alkaline properties, it can dissolve organic compounds like dirt and grease.

To add to this, the mineral structure of baking powder provides a gentle abrasive to clean without leaving scratches behind.

“If you have stubborn streaks which don’t seem to disappear, try going over the area with clean water to help remove any of the remaining solution.” 

When it comes to uPVC window frames, you can simply “fill up a bowl with warm water and washing-up liquid” and “use a soft white cloth to wipe down”. 

As for why a white cloth is important, Adam said “coloured cloths contain a dye that can stain plastic”. 

If there are any hard-to-reach areas, use an old toothbrush to loosen dirt, dust or cobwebs. 

“Then, use the hose of your vacuum cleaner to get rid of any debris before wiping the area down with an antibacterial product,” Adam concluded.