The Ultimate Cleaning Glass with Newspaper Quiz

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The Ultimate Cleaning Glass with Newspaper Quiz
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About This Quiz

There is a gray haze around your house and isn't because of pollution. It's because your windows are long overdue for a cleaning. But before you grit your teeth in frustration and declare that you don't do windows, take our quiz and learn about the secret tool for streak free, shiny windows: newspapers.
What do many people use to clean windows?
paper towels
Many people use paper towels to clean their windows, which leaves lint-speckled streaks across it.
old undershirts
a soapy sponge

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What do some people say is the best method for cleaning windows?
rubbing with an alcohol soaked undershirt
using newspapers moistened with a vinegar and water solution
There is a popular household tradition that says that white vinegar and water applied to glass with old newspapers is the best method for cleaning windows.
hiring a professional window cleaner

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Why are newspapers a good choice?
They are cheap and recyclable.
Old newspapers are a good choice because they are free, easy to come by and, unlike paper towels, they are recyclable.
They are chemical free, unlike harsh cleaning solvents.
People are always looking for ways to get rid of them.

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What weather conditions are ideal for cleaning windows?
sunny days
rainy days
cloudy days
Cloudy days are best for cleaning windows; sunshine dries the cleaning solution too quickly, leaving streaks.

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What is sizing?
window trimming
the cropping of printed material to make it fit into the newspaper's borders
material added to paper to make it water absorbent
Sizing is the material added to newspapers and paper towels to make them water absorbent. This explains why they are both effective cleaners; they absorb the water instead of pushing it around.

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Why does newspaper ink not transfer to the window?
The vinegar in the cleaning solution dries it out.
Glass is a slick, non porous surface.
Ink will transfer to your hands or the wooden window trimmings, but not onto glass, because glass is a slick, non porous surface.
The ink is made especially not to transfer.

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What is one theory about why newspapers make a great window cleaning tool?
It has a sandpaper like texture which cuts through dirt.
Either the ink or the paper itself has a sandpaper like texture which cuts through dirt.
It is just one of those things.
It doesn't have fibers that leave lint streaks.

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What is ink made of today?
vegetable base
Today, ink is vegetable-based. It used to be petroleum based.
oil
petroleum

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What are other effective tools to clean windows with?
regular paper
a scrubbing brush
a squeegee
Other effective window-cleaning tools are squeegees or cloth diapers.

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What is a downside to using newspapers as a cleaning tool?
Ink can transfer to the window trimmings or your hands.
A downside of using newspapers is that the ink can transfer to your hands or window trimmings and wet newspapers tend to disintegrate.
Someone may not have read it yet.
Once wet, it must be discarded and not recycled.

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