How to Clean Windows Without Chemicals + a HomeRight Steam Machine Plus Giveaway

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I can never seem to keep my windows clean. Between the pollen and the rain and the kids’ dirty handprints, the glass gets dirty about 10 seconds after I clean it.

But, have you ever noticed how much brighter your home is with clean windows?  It makes a world of difference!

So, with that in mind, I do try to clean my windows when I am bored enough or trying to avoid something else enough to actually do it (you feel me on that, don’t you?).  I try to avoid using chemical filled cleaning supplies where possible, but it’s been difficult finding something non-toxic that works as well as Windex does on my windows.

Well, until now.

How to Clean Your Windows Without Chemicals

I have started using the handheld portion of my HomeRight Steam Machine Plus (Amazon affiliate link) and a clean microfiber cloth to clean my windows, and the results are amazing.

Here’s an image looking out of the glass in our backdoor window.  I focused the camera on the actual its glass itself, so you can see smudges and tons of dirt.  Such a pretty thing to see every day!

How to Clean Your Windows Without Chemicals

To clean my windows, I put the squeegee attachment onto the handheld portion of the Steam Machine Plus and fill it with water.  Once it heats up, I make one pass down with the steam and then wipe it with a dry microfiber cloth.  Then, I do the next section and wipe it dry.  I just try to get the wet window wiped before it dries, which happens pretty quickly with the steam.

How to Clean Your Windows Without Chemicals

I clean both the inside and the outside of my windows using this method.  It really doesn’t take much more time to clean this way then it did to spray the yucky Windex and wipe it off my windows.

Here’s a shot of the same window after it has been totally cleaned, with my camera again focusing on the glass.  Crazy, huh?  We have one of those windows that has the blinds inside of it on this door, and the dust that you see in this image is between those two panes of glass – and I’m not a big enough freak to take the window apart to clean it.  Sorry!

How to Clean Your Windows Without Chemicals

So, if you are thinking you can only used a steam cleaner on your tile floors, then think again!  Here are 20 uses I’ve found for mine, and I keep looking for more ways to use it.

I have a giveaway going on for a HomeRight Steam Machine Plus, so make sure you enter.  Just leave a comment below telling me how you would use your new steam cleaner.  The contest runs through 7/5/14 and is open to US Residents, 18 years and older

Do you have a steam cleaner?  Have you used it to clean your windows?

This post is sponsored by HomeRight, but all opinions – and dirty windows – are my own.

Filed Under: Giveaways & Product Reviews

About Lindsay Ballard

Lindsay Ballard is a former college mascot turned political geek turned DIY fanatic who is conspiring to live in a Technicolor dream world. Her designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color. Lindsay chronicles her projects and design ideas here at Makely, where she shares daily tutorials and inspiration. Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma) and dogs (Jack and Duke).


  1. T. Wimes says:

    I’d definitely use mine to clean my car. I have light upholstery (what was I thinking) and this would be so helpful for upkeep.

  2. Danielle says:

    I’d do our windows, for sure. But I’d also hit our bathroom tile with this.

  3. Heather says:

    I am a renter… I would use this on every possible surface! Thank you!

  4. Anne Haun says:

    I would do all of our windows and our tile grout – both need some love!

  5. Mychelle says:

    Bathroom tile seems to be the bane of my existence. I would use it to clean that, and then maybe the windows if I was inspired…

  6. I would use it to clean up after my 3 mess makers. It would give me more time to play with them… less time spent cleaning!

  7. I would love to steam my windows, showers, tile floors… Pretty much everything!

  8. My windows need cleaned bad! Um its been years, yes years. Hides head in shame!

  9. Cheryl Lewis says:

    I would love to clean my windows with this steam cleaner, but I would really get excited about cleaning the shower with it!

  10. Genius! I need to clean mine badly!

  11. Amy Perry says:

    I would use mine to clean windows like you !!!! That is awesome!!!!!

  12. We have wood floors and tile in the bath so the steam cleaner would be amazing for my entire house!

  13. i would definitely use it on my windows, as well as bathroom tile, grout and our showers!

  14. Definitely floors. I don’t use anything but natural cleaners but steaming would be great with a little one on the floors all of the time. I never thought about windows. Great idea :)

  15. Jill Clark says:

    I never thought about using a steam cleaner on windows! I could really a steam cleaner as we have 2 elderly dogs who are starting to have more frequent accidents :(

  16. carol clark says:

    clean my grout and clean the kitchen stove

  17. Dede Jackson says:

    I would use it in every room, tiles, grout, windows!!!

  18. Patty Curtis says:

    Ugh! my grout! Get that grime out!
    Window and door–the smears I abhor…
    And I cannot forget to mention the floor!!
    Car seats dirtied with muddy paws;
    Please help me fix these flaws!!
    I need a machine with steam to clean…
    So please let me win…because surely I’ll grin!

  19. Susan Berke says:

    Would LOVE to use this for windows! Am caring for my parents’ farmhouse and between the dirt and water spots, the windows always seem to be dirty and they have the most beautiful views.

  20. I would use the Homeright Steam Machine to clean my laminate floors in my apartment – but also all of the baseboards. Two cats + living in the desert makes for a lot of dust and hair that just loves to live on my baseboards! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  21. Dejah Morris says:

    Wow, that’s pretty cool. My dad used a steam cleaner to clean his oven once. I would love to try it on mine!

  22. I know it is ordinary- but I so want to steam clean the grout between the floor tiles in my kitchen and entry way!

  23. I have all wood floors so had a steam machine and it broke but I loved the concept just not that particular brand. I would love to try this on my windows I never thought of that!

  24. Ms Judith A says:

    I’m trying to do without a cleaning service, but back problems are an issue. I need a way to keep my kitchen, hall, bathrooms and office floors clean without getting down on hands and knees. I think this steam machine would do the job well without being too heavy to carry up and down stairs. Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

  25. I would love this for our windows and floors!

  26. I would use a new steam cleaner in the shower!

  27. We just bought a house that was built in 1970. The people who lived here before us had the house the whole time and smoked constantly. Our house is just full of smoke! There are yellow stains everywhere and I swear every day I find a new weird place that is tobacco stained.

    If I had a steam cleaner, I would clean THE ENTIRE HOUSE! Walls, windows, floors, shower, the massive amounts of wood paneling, the doors, the shades, the cabinets, the closets, everything. Also my car and the high chair (LOVE that idea! That thing is so darn hard to clean!).

  28. Heather J says:

    I would totally do all my windows. We are also in TX and the pollen is killer…along with finger prints from my two kiddos

  29. Catherine A says:

    Window… what a brilliant idea. If i were lucky enough to win this I would attack the entire house. I think the bathroom shower doors and tile would be the first adventure. I may be nuts but I feel excited at the very thought of deep cleaning the house. ha.

  30. mechele johnson says:

    Oh man, I would use it everywhere! Our horrible 1970’s linoleum floors, the toilets, that annoying area behind the kitchen and bathroom faucet, the shower tiles, and I could go on and on…..I wonder if I could rig up some kind of attachment to get it to reach our ceiling fan (we have 18 feet ceilings in the living room!)?

  31. Suzanne S. says:

    I would use steam cleaner for my floors and windows.

  32. I would love to have this steam cleaner. Not only would I use it to clean windows, but if could get my stove top really clean too. Thanks for the opportunity.

  33. I would use it in the bathrooms. It would work great on shower doors.

  34. Deb Harris says:

    I would love to win this. I’d use it on all my floors & rugs. The (too) expensive stair runner that I can’t get clean. The tubs & surrounds along with all the rest of the bathroom, my stovetop & oven door & the windows in our sunroom. This is a fantastic giveaway, thank you.

  35. kristine says:

    What an incredible way to use it. My windows really need to be washed, I’d also use it cleaning up the car

  36. Jenelle says:

    I would use it to clean under the high chair, which currently only gets cleaned when the dogs lick up the stray mashed peas. :)

  37. Mrarlie Blanton says:

    I would use it to clean every surface in my home. I am working towards being chemical free in and around my home and this would be a great step towards that goal. =)

  38. Christina says:

    My couch and rug could use a steam cleaning ASAP!

  39. I have stainless steel fridge, which clings to and highlights every touch with a whitish ghost. I’ve been scrubbing with ammonia to get rid of the white and then scrubbing with diluted vinegar to get rid of the streaks. If steam cleaner took care of this without the stink and tedious repetition, it would be a godsend!!!

  40. Karen H says:

    I would use it to clean anything and everything!! I would love it!

  41. M Davis says:

    I’ve never used a steam cleaner but I’m intrigued. I’m not one for gadgets so it has to be pretty awesome for me to purchase. Thank you for the link for all its uses. Now, I want one!!! Fingers crossed I win.

  42. I would definitely use it for windows and maybe upholstery too! Oh, or maybe even to remove wallpaper, lol

  43. Patti B says:

    I would start with the floors, move on the bathroom and finally get that shower glass clean (hopefully!), then work on the oven door (yuk!). And then I would use it to get the wrinkles out of the clothes that I usually hang in the bathroom to “steam” while I take a shower. After that, I’d go back and do some of the things on your list of 20 because I had never thought that you could steam clean some of those! Long story short, I’d have a blast and have the cleanest house on the block!

  44. suzan tucker says:

    I am grateful to you for sharing your creative idea of cleaning windows with the Homeright Steam Machine. Your demonstration on on steam cleaning has allowed me to realize I can clean my own windows, as well as my shower glass & tile, my car, and my large mirrors.

  45. carrie Widdison says:

    I would use it on my cabinets first… then the rest of the house! I’ve been wanting a steam cleaner for years!!

  46. Colette Albretsen says:

    Windows, Shower Doors, Oven, Fridge. Oh so many ways. I hate chemicals. Steam is awesome. My machine broke and I have been looking for a new one ever since…

  47. What a great idea! I have yet to find a method that doesn’t leave streaks!

  48. For all the tile in our new house! This would be perfect!!

  49. Katy H. says:

    I would use it for my rugs and couches. I’m sure I could find it for other stuff too!

  50. I’d definitely use this to clean windows! Wow! I don’t have a steam cleaner, so thanks for the chance to win!

  51. We just moved into a new house that is triple the size of our old one. It has A LOT of windows and I need all the help I can get!

  52. Betty B. says:

    I would use it on my kitchen floors!

  53. Susan M. says:

    The windows and then the floors and then the tile in the bathrooms and then the car… I so need one of these! Thanks for the opportunity – my fingers are crossed!

  54. Michelle S says:

    I’ve never used a steam cleaner, but have heard such wonderful things about how versatile they are. My whole house could definitely benefit from the deep cleaning a HomeRight Steam Machine Plus can do! I’d love to give it a try on my oven door and glass shower doors.

  55. Theresa Sea says:

    First thing I would tackle? My couch. Oy.

  56. Heather C says:

    I’ve been hemming and hawing about a steam cleaner for about 6 months now. I really really want one! But I don’t know which one to get! lol Would be awful cool to win! I would love to use it on my kitchen and bathroom floors.

  57. Donna Gray says:

    I would use it to clean the kitty nose prints from my windows and and the puppy dribbles from my floors. It seems like if I’m not cleaning up after one critter, I’m cleaning up after the other!

  58. Lisa Kubin says:

    I would clean everything with a steam cleaner – they seem to be very eco friendly and clean better than harsh chemicals but I have not tried one yet.

  59. Barb Ullman says:

    I would love the machine to clean my windows and floors.

  60. Heather B says:

    I would definitely use it to clean my bathroom because with my hubby and 3 boys it kinda gets yucky and gross.

  61. I would use it to clean windows for sure and venetian blinds!

  62. I have wished for a steam cleaner for a long time but still don’t have one. I would use it to really clean my floors, carpets, windows, bathrooms and kitchen.

  63. What a fabulous giveaway! I would use it on my floors. then showers. and windows.

    Thanks for asking.

  64. Jennifer says:

    I would use it to clean my windows, tile, and shower doors. :) I had one before and it finally gave up the ghost. It’s also great for steam-cleaning new drapes to get wrinkles out!

  65. Sandy W in Ohio says:

    Love the window idea…I would never have come up with it myself! Right now though, grout and then more grout would be my priority! We have lots of tile.

  66. Darlene Rugg says:

    I would like to steam clean my ceramic tile.

  67. Mary Ann says:

    I love to have clean windows…that’s where I’d really love a machine like this!

  68. I would use it to clean our bathroom

  69. a steam cleaner would come in SO handy for cleaning floors and windows. pick me, pick me! :)

  70. I would use the steam cleaner anywhere and everywhere! I’m trying to use more natural methods of cleaning.

  71. Cindy Brooks says:

    I would love to use this for cleaning windows and tile!
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  72. My car hasn’t had a cleaning since I’ve had it since *&%@. So I would probably start there!!

  73. natalie yeoman says:

    i would use this in my bathroom

  74. I would put this bad boy to work around the toilet. I have a sweet boy learning to use the potty.

  75. leslie kraft says:

    i would use it on every single room in my house! from the floor to the ceiling! God, we could REALLY use this! thanks for the chance to win! :)

  76. Jeannie Buechele says:

    I could sure use the HomeRight Steam Machine on my house windows, we get a lot of Haboobs here in Phoenix and they cause a really big muddy mess on our windows. This would actually make cleaning windows fun :)

  77. Bev Edge says:

    I would use this steam cleaner to clean everything in my home! I have all wood, tile and laminate floors, and so many more surfaces to clean. Thanks for the tips on cleaning windows, I will have to remember those.

  78. Cindy B says:

    I do not have a steamer but if I did, now that I know about this I would definitely use it to clean my windows. Thanks for the info and to you and your sponsor for the giveaway.

  79. I keep seeing the steamer and really think I would use one….starting with my bathroom floor!!

  80. Donna Kissell says:

    I have been out of work since the end of 8/2014 and have applied to so many places. I feel like a professional job applicant! That being said the part-time janitor job has become available at the church I attend. I’m hoping I will be able to get this job if it’s not already taken. This would make my job so much easier! I might even expand and do some private homes. Thanks for the give away and I wish everyone the best!

  81. Nicole H. says:

    I’d be cleaning my bathroom!

  82. Definitely the floors! Steam cleans like nothing else!

  83. Claudia M says:

    I will be cleaning the floors and the bathroom tile! Cleaning the windows will be a bonus!

  84. Everytime i clean my floor/windows/bathroom I think how much i would love one of these!


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