Queen of Clean helps contest winner with windows and mirrors

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PHOENIX -- We recently had a contest in which the prize was some one-on-one help fro Queen of Clean Linda Cobb.

Michael Sanderfer of Chandler was the big winner, and he wanted to know how to best clean his windows -- inside and out -- and his mirrors.

Cobb helped him mix up a number of concoctions that will give him some great results.

For the basic solution, start with 2 quarts of warm water and add 1/2 cup of cornstarch. Use this solution to wash the windows, wiping your sponge both side to side and up and down. Dry with a paper towel. Do not take on this project when the sun is shining on the windows.

If you're having trouble with streaks or spots, add about 2  two tablespoons of liquid dish soap and 2 tablespoons of ammonia to 1 pint of rubbing alcohol. The measurements do not need to be exact, but there is no water in this solution.

Not only is this mixture good for windows, it's also great for the windshield of your car.

For Cobb's "lazy day window cleaner," start with about 1/2 gallon of warm water and add 2 tablespoons of your favorite laundry detergent and about 1 tablespoon of a rinse aid like JetDry or LemiShine. Wash the windows with this solution, hose them down, and then walk away.

For the inside windows, use a mixture of 2/3 water and 1/3 rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Shake well and then simply spray on and wipe off with a paper towel of a microfiber cloth.

This mixture is also good for mirrors. The only difference is that you want to spray the paper towel and wipe the mirror. Never spray anything directly on the mirror. You run the risk of moisture seeping behind the mirror and ruining the silvering, permanently damaging the mirror.