Let's find out the most effective and quickest ways to clean the windows at home without leaving streaks, maybe even reducing the plastic and CO2 we produce.


Cleaning your windows and leaving them streak-free is a challenge for all cleanliness enthusiasts, but being able to do it in an environmentally friendly way is even more satisfying. How do you do it? In this article we will discover all the tricks and strategies to achieve a perfect result. First of all, we must remember that it is often the detergents we find in supermarkets that leave residues on the glass that accumulate after each use and pollute the environment with their disposable plastic packaging. 

We must therefore find alternatives, but also follow the right steps. Here are the main steps which we will go into in more detail:

  • clean your windows on a day that is not too sunny;
  • Use specific products, such as those from R5 Living, with an eye to sustainability
  • use a biodegradable cloth or newspaper.


A lot of dirt can accumulate on glass: rain leaves streaks, dust dulls them, and if we touch them with dirty or greasy hands we risk creating annoying fingerprints. Keeping the windows clean allows us to make better use of sunlight, so we can keep the lights off for longer and avoid wasting energy. When we clean the windows we take the opportunity to wash the curtains as well, so we can eliminate all the dust that could be deposited on the windows. After putting the curtains in the washing machine and washing the glass panes, we hang them in their place. By letting them dry on their hooks we will avoid ironing them because they will remain wrinkle-free and we will have saved the energy used for the iron. 


Before cleaning the windows, check their condition. If it is necessary to clean the frames with a brush, a small brush or to dust the corners and inlets, it is better to do this before proceeding with the rest of the glass. If there is a lot of dirt, it is best to wipe with a dry cloth first to remove the outer layer of dust. We also choose the right day to clean the glass. If the sun is beating down on the glass, the heat will cause the cleaning products we have applied to dry too quickly and will not allow us to remove them properly with a cloth or newspaper. This means that halos are guaranteed, so pay attention to this important detail so as not to make our work useless.


If we have old newspapers to get rid of at home, this may be the most ecological choice. Why? The ink with its abrasive action gives an excellent result without halos in removing the product sprayed on the glass and the dirt. Attention: magazine pages are not effective, for a good result we have to choose newspapers. 

But how to clean glass with newsprint? In some cases it is possible to achieve a good result even if you only use the newspaper moistened with water and rub the surface with circular movements. Try it for yourself. If you don't have this type of paper available, the most environmentally friendly choice is a biodegradable cellulose cloth. In this case, too, it is sufficient to remove the sprayed product from the glass, but for a flawless result we must first make horizontal movements from the centre and then vertical movements so as to avoid leaving halos or smears. Achieving a more sustainable lifestyle is an exciting challenge because every day we discover small choices to do good for the environment: even when cleaning glass we can be careful about the footprint we leave behind. R5 offers effective cleaning kits, with reduced consumption of plastic and CO2. Try the R5 Glass and Multipurpose kit to reduce the impact on the environment and clean your home windows. 

Finally, remember to lower the blinds and close the shutters for a longer-lasting clean!

R5 Glass and Multipurpose Kit