Try these green cleaning tips for your new energy-efficient windows

Investing in new windows is a major home improvement move. But with the huge variety of window manufacturers and home improvement contractors out there, what does Marvin replacement windows in New Jersey specifically have to offer homeowners?

First and most obviously, there's curb appeal. Marvin windows look great. They're also extremely safe, passing impact resistance tests with flying colors. But Marvin's most celebrated feature, and the real answer to the "why Marvin?" question, is much simpler: green thinking.

Marvin windows start with sustainability – materials and manufacturing that reduce environmental costs, encourage eco-friendly practices and still offer customers uniquely beautiful products. To that end, Marvin windows use wood from responsibly managed forests, and avoids use of any materials from trees that have been illegally harvested in any way.

But Marvin's green thinking doesn't stop with production or even after installation in your home. These fiberglass replacement windows are produced by the market leader in energy-efficient windows and doors. With over 150,000 green options to choose from, you can trust a Marvin product to help you be a part of the climate solution. While outdated or poorly made windows are responsible for a significant amount of a home's heat or cool air leakage, Marvin features like dual- or tri-pane design, ultra violet-reduction coatings and insulating inter-pane gases can drastically reduce your home's waste.

However, as low maintenance and stylish as these windows are, they still require the occasional shine. Eco-friendly windows deserve an equally green cleaning solution. If you're looking for more ways to stay sustainable and supportive of Mother Earth, consider supplementing your window cleaning with these homemade options.

Vinegar-based cleaner
This is a classic. All you need are white vinegar and water mixed in equal parts in a pray bottle. The vinegar helps keep the surface streak free, so long as its wiped down in long strokes with a clean cloth. Consider pre-washing with a soap and water mix if the window is particularly dirty.

Non-liquid options
National Geographic offered this green suggestion that's totally liquid free. When you're taking on dust alone, it's best to clean without water at all, since that's what often leads to streaking. Lint-free cotton cloths are great for polishing, and newspapers work surprisingly well, too!

Borax and cornstarch approach
Borax is an extremely useful item to keep around the house. It even works as a window cleaner! National Geographic suggested mixing 2 tablespoons of borax into 3 cups of water, then spraying on the window surface and wiping clean. Afterward, rinse the window with a solution made up of equal parts vinegar and water to remove streaks, although the source also noted that, alternatively, a mixture with cornstarch can work as well. Take 3 tablespoons of the cornstarch and mix with a ½ cup vinegar in a gallon bucket of water for an eco-friendly, polished and streak-free finish.

Black tea alternative
Apartment Therapy offers this useful substitute for when you're out of vinegar – and it's also totally green. Use strong black tea, once cooled, instead of the usual water-white vinegar mixture. Pour into a spray bottle and go to town!


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