How to Clean Window Screens

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Screen Wesley Landis Learning how to clean window screens is fast and easy when you use our step by step instructions. 

This simple chore must be done at least twice a year, and is best saved for spring cleaning and while getting ready for winter.

Take your pick of cleaning the screens inside or outside – we’ve included directions for both below.

How to Clean Window Screens Indoors

Supplies:

  • Scrub brush
  • Bucket or large bowl
  • Household cleaner
  • Bath tub or large sink
  • Shower head or kitchen sprayer

Directions:

If the weather is cold, you’ll want to clean your screens inside the house.  A bathtub works well for this chore.  If you can’t use the bathtub, try using a large sink basin.  Follow these steps to clean screen windows inside:

1.  In a wash bucket or large bowl, add warm water and a household cleaner (choose from antibacterial cleaner or vinegar for greener cleaning).

2.  Spray down your screen with water first to loosen and dirt, debris, or bug parts.

3.  Next, it’s time to scrub.  Using your scrub brush and cleaning water/cleaner mixture, scrub down the first side of the window screen.  Then turn the screen over and scrub down the second side.

4.  Rinse off the cleaner with the shower head or sprayer.

5.  Dry the screen.  To do this, you have several options.  If you have a lot of time, leave the screen standing up in the bathtub to air dry.  If you have less time, you can either wipe the screen off with a towel or use a hairdryer on a cool air setting to dry the water out of the grid.

How to Clean Window Screens Outdoors

Supplies:

  • Scrub brush
  • Bucket or large bowl
  • Household cleaner
  • Hose
  • Tree, staircase, or porch

Directions:

If the weather is nice (say, during spring cleaning), try cleaning the window screens outside instead.  Here’s how to clean screens outside:

1.  In a wash bucket or large bowl, add warm water and a household cleaner (choose from antibacterial cleaner or vinegar for greener cleaning).

2.  Spray down your screen with the hose first to loosen and dirt, debris, or bug parts.

3.  Using your scrub brush and cleaning water/cleaner mixture, scrub down the first side of the window screen.  Then turn the screen over and scrub down the second side.

4.  Rinse off the cleaner with the hose.

5.  Dry the screen.  If you’re cleaning outdoors, you may as well let nature do the drying for you!  Find a place to stand up the window screens so they can air dry.  Try propping the screens up against a tree trunk, staircase, porch, or the wall of the house.

Cleaning window screens is an easy chore, once you know how to get it done.  Start cleaning yours today, one room at a time, until the whole house is done.  Those nice clean window screens will let you enjoy a long summer of pretty views and a cozy winter of candlelit hues! 

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Read more how to articles before you go.  Photo by Wesley Landis.  How to Clean Window Screens is linked to Works for Me Wednesday and 11th Heaven.

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