3 Ways To Clean The Tough Messes Your Kids Leave On Windows

If you have kids, you've encountered your fair share of unusual messes. Some of those messes have probably been difficult to clean up. Dirty windows don't usually fall into the unusual messes until kids get involved. Like the mess you're facing right now. Here's how to get gooey, sticky, stained messes off your windows.

Petroleum Jelly

Your little one smeared petroleum jelly all over the windows. Now you find out that ordinary window cleaner just smears it around more. Don't panic. There's a simple solution.

  1. Get a washcloth wet with warm water and place a few drops of grease-cutting dish soap on it.
  2. Rub the petroleum jelly with the washcloth. Be sure that all the petroleum jelly is covered with soap. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse the washcloth and use it to wipe away the petroleum jelly.
  4. Pour 1 cup of warm water and 1 cup of vinegar in to a spray bottle.
  5. Spray the area with your cleaning solution and wipe clean with a damp cloth.


You just opened the curtains in your child's room and discovered that they had placed stickers all over the windows. You've tried pulling them off, but they won't budge. Don't fret. They'll come off with this simple solution.

  1. Peel the paper covering off the stickers – it's okay if the sticky residue remains.
  2. Cover the stickers with baby lotion and leave them to sit for about 15 minutes.
  3. Use a razor blade to carefully scrape the sticky residue off your windows.
  4. Fill a spray bottle with 1 cup each of warm water and rubbing alcohol.
  5. Spray your windows with the cleaning solution and wipe clean with a soft cloth.

Permanent Marker

Your little one has seen you write on mirrors with a dry-erase marker. So, they thought it would be fine to decorate your window. Unfortunately, they used a permanent marker instead. Now, the marker won't come off. Don't get stressed. Here's a quick way to remove the marker.

  1. Grab your dry-erase marker and use it to scribble over the permanent marker.
  2. Apply a small amount of acetone nail polish remover to a damp cloth.
  3. Wipe the area with your damp cloth.
  4. Fill a spray bottle with 1 cup each of warm water and vinegar.
  5. Add ¼ cup lemon juice to remove the vinegar and acetone odor.
  6. Spray the solution on your window and wipe clean with a damp cloth.

For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact H Breiter Window Cleaning or a similar company.