How To Clean Window Tracks

I'm going to make a wild guess that you haven't cleaned your window tracks in a while. Don't worry - neither have I, and right now, they are looking particularly gross. Dirt and grime naturally build-up over time, and in the winter, when we run heat and burn wood in our fireplaces, the accumulation of that dirt is accelerated. You probably didn't think too much about it while it was cold outside, but now that spring is here and we're opening our windows to let in fresh air, it's impossible to ignore. 

But, what's the best way to actually clean your window tracks? The last time I did mine, I ended up using almost a whole roll of paper towels and several handfuls of Lysol wet wipes. My window tracks got clean, but all in all, it didn't seem very effective. Those types of cleaning materials are expensive. I knew there had to be a better way. 

And, there is! Luckily, we found out about it just in time for spring cleaning. It comes to us from Christine, of the blog First Home Love Life, and the best part about her method? It requires absolutely no scrubbing! 

Like many of us, Christine had let her window tracks go for a little too long. 

All kinds of dirt and dead insects had gathered, as well as pollution grime from outdoors. Christine said it best: “Ick!” 


The answer, though, was found in elementary school science. 

Start by gathering: white vinegar, baking soda, Q-tips, and an old toothbrush. Sprinkle the baking soda along your window track, applying extra to corners or other especially dirty areas, then cover with a thin layer of vinegar (not too much, as it really will "erupt!"). Next, grab a few Q-tips and rub them in a circular motion along the window track. If there are any especially stubborn clumps of dirt, use the old toothbrush to break them up. 

Continue to work the Q-tips until the entire track has been rubbed down. 

Kind of looks like we made it worse, doesn't it? 

Don't worry! All you need is a cup of warm water to wash it away.

After rinsing thoroughly, simply dry with a paper towel or piece of old cloth. 


The difference before and after speaks for itself. 

Clearly, Christine's method is a winner! 

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H/T: NX2 | First Home Love Life

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