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10 Window Cleaning Tips for Apartment Dwellers

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Polish With Paste

Toothpaste: your secret weapon against minor window scratches. © iStockphoto.com/ lovleah
Toothpaste: your secret weapon against minor window scratches. © iStockphoto.com/ lovleah

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Renters take note: You may avoid move-out fees for any minor scratches in window glass by buffing them out yourself before your lease ends.

It's likely you already have what you need for the job: A toothpaste that contains baking soda, or any non-gel toothpaste, is the best for polishing out tiny scratches. And the technique is simple -- you'll need clean windows, a tube of toothpaste and three clean cloths. Apply a small amount of paste to a soft cloth first, and gently rub the scratch (a circular motion is best) for about 30 seconds. Wipe the area clean with a damp cloth and dry it with a lint-free cloth [source: Luttschyn].

Baking soda can be used as an all-purpose, non-toxic cleanser, and because it's is a gentle abrasive it could be used instead of toothpaste -- just mix up a thick paste (about 3:1 baking soda to water), and use as above.

Buffing is also important for removing any tough stains that may have accumulated over the years.

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