Cleaning windows isn't much fun, but washing windows twice a year will keep your windows looking their best. Cleaning new windows carefully prevents scratches and discolored glass.Methods for Washing WindowsThe most common method of cleaning windows is also the least effective. The window is liberally sprayed with glass cleaning spray, which is then scrubbed with wadded-up pieces of paper. Newspaper is often recommended because it supposedly leaves a dirt resistant film on the window frame.All you've really done with this method is rearrange the dirt on the window. Worst, if you're cleaning new windows with this technique, debris on the window can scratch the glass as you vigorously rub the pane. People also tend to use too much glass spray when washing windows, which leaves the window covered with a sudsy film.Instead, invest in a squeegee and a soft chamois cloth for washing windows. Spray a small amount of glass cleaner onto the window and rub gently with soft cloth or a natural sponge. Use the squeegee to remove most of the water, swiping the squeegee blade between strokes. Damp down the chamois, wring it dry and use it to remove the remaining water.Cleaning windows outside may require a cloth head on a long pole to reach tall windows. Before washing windows, spray the outside of the window with a garden hose to remove as much built-up dirt and grime as possible.Homemade Window Washing SolutionYou can buy sprays and cleaners for washing windows, but you may prefer to make your own. The following solution cleans windows while producing a minimal amount of soap suds.Add the following ingredients to a spray bottle:1/4 teaspoon dishwashing detergent1/2 cup rubbing alcohol2 tablespoons ammonia.Top up the spray bottle with water and shake well to mix the solution. If you prefer, you can substitute the ammonia with 3 tablespoons of either lemon juice or vinegar.Self-Cleaning New WindowsA new generation of windows makes washing windows less of a trial. Self-cleaning new windows contain titanium dioxide, which reacts when exposed to ultraviolet light. The resulting chemical reaction helps disintegrate organic dirt.Titanium dioxide windows do not eliminate the need to wash windows, but they do reduce how often you're cleaning windows by about 50 percent. Self-washing windows are more expensive than regular windows. Expect to pay up to 20 percent more than you'd pay for traditional windows.Find a Professional Window Cleaning ContactorIf you would rather have a window cleaning contractor wash your windows, especially those windows in dangerous or hard to reach areas, LendingTree Home Pros can help!The good news is that LendingTree Home Pros maintains a directory of home service professionals and can match you with a home pro in your area. All the home pros listed in the LendingTree Home Pros directory are properly licensed and insured and are backed by a $10,000 money-back guarantee! Let LendingTree Home Pros help you find a window cleaner today.