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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Nest.

In this Badge Bit, you will clean four windows, inside and out. (Note that this BB is part of a 2-part choose your own adventure list BB called the Alice List. You must complete two Badge Bits in the Alice List.)


Some articles and videos making your own natural glass cleaner, and cleaning windows:

Homemade Glass Cleaner
Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe
How To Make Cleaning Outside Windows Fast, Easy and Fun








To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are that you must clean four windows, inside and out.

To document this BB, post pictures or a 2-minute video depicting the following:
  • Before: Four Dirty Windows
  • Action 1: Your glass cleaner, with a description
  • Action 2: You cleaning windows
  • After: Four Clean Windows!
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    steward
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    Did some cleaning today.  Our window washing strategy is a paper towel with water and a dry towel.  The paper towel gets the gunk softened and removed, the dry towel is used to rub the window until the water all evaporates.  If you don't rub till it's completely dry we get streaks.  We've tried with regular cloth instead of paper towels and it didn't work as well for some reason.

    Dirty windows are blatantly obvious when you're looking at them.  They are very hard to photograph!
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    Dirty window #1
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    Dirty window #4
    Dirty window #4
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    Close up of window #1
    Close up of window #1
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    Closeup of window #3 (blob on side of barn)
    Closeup of window #3 (blob on side of barn)
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    Closeup of window #4
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    Casement windows sometimes require a long arm (second story)
    Casement windows sometimes require a long arm (second story)
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    Clean window #4
    Clean window #4
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    I certify this BB is complete!

     
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    I will agree with Mike Jay, pictures of windows require a skill beyond mine.  Getting rid of streaks also seems an elusive skill.  My main hope was to remove all the fly poop that accumulates during the summer and that was accomplished.  I used Seventh Generation dish soap, water and a rag for all the grime. Then rubbing alcohol with paper towel to cut the grease streaks. Four windows on the front of the house and  the bonus window on the front door, maybe next time do the cleaning at night without the sun shining(glare) in my eyes.  
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    I certify this BB is complete!

     
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    Hard to photograph window stains but tried my best. I used diluted citric acid powder (in the brown spray bottle) as the main cleaning product and wiped after with a little bit of alcohol on a rag.
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    qualified as someone who cleaned windows for 8 years (not residential)
    if you have anything more than a couple small windows to clean
    get a tbar and squeegee
    use a small amount of dish soap in water
    soak the window with the tbar and swirl it around a bit until it slides easily especially along the edges
    but along the top edge wring out the tbar a bit and soak up any excess water so you do not get drips
    if it persistently drips because of gaps etc along the top edge then wring out the corner of the tbar before washing that particular window

    get the kind of squeegee which has a replaceable rubber and is made of brass or stainless steel
    you might need more than one squeegee if there are narrow windows like the one above
    if small ones arent available buy a second regular sized one and cut it to length

    inside... lay towels on the window ledge to soak up dripping dirty water
    wring out the tbar and apply less water.. might have to be done twice

    ladders are dangerous if you are going to use one you never reach to the side centre youreself on the ladder always
    i was always tied into 3 ropes when working at heights

    it will still take a while to do a whole house inside and out but will take way less time
     
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