Cleaning Windows in Freezing Temps

Windows get dirty year round. For a large part of the country this makes it very difficult to clean them three months out of the year. The most frustrating thing about this is that winter is generally the time of year when windows can get the dirtiest. Melting snow dragging dirt and debris onto windows and the helpful yet annoying salt that seems to cover everything.

What makes cleaning windows in the winter so difficult is obviously sub-freezing temperatures. Water freezing before it can be squeegeed off is infuriating. Warm water is huge no-no because it can cause your glass to crack. So what can you do? We have a simple formula that will make cleaning your windows in freezing temperatures just as easy as cleaning them on a spring day.

Supplies needed

  • 16oz of rubbing alcohol
  • 16oz of water
  • A dash of your favorite dish-washing liquid
  • A sponge or spray bottle
  • A squeegee (recommended)
  • A micro fiber towel (recommended)

Simply mix one-part alcohol, to one-part water, and a few drops of dish washing liquid and you’re good to go! Of course, scale the amount of solution you make to the number of windows you’re cleaning. Spray it onto your windows, or use a sponge. Alcohol will keep the water from freezing while you clean. Another tip to consider is using a couple of our favorite tools for a streak free finish. We recommend to use squeegees for the glass, and microfiber towels to wipe your edges and catch any drips.

If you choose to try it yourself, please be safe. If it’s something you’re unable to do or just don’t want to do, call Window Genie or one of our sister brands at Neighborly! Each location is locally owned and operated, eager to help you improve the look and value of your home. Visit or call our toll free number for a free estimate today!

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3 thoughts on “Cleaning Windows in Freezing Temps”

  1. I’m trying to leave a review for this great company but don’t appear to be getting the right page??
    Anyway, they actually answer when you call them! They are knowledgeable in helping you decide how many windows (storm windows included) and very professional. . They showed up as promised and did a great job. I would definitely recommend them for any kind of service you need and would use them again myself.

    1. Hi Anita! If you’re looking to leave a review for your local Genie, find their local page via the locations tab Once you’ve found the local page in your area, look for the “reviews and more” button on the top right of their page. Hope this helps! Thanks for supporting Window Genie, glad to help!

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