Don't you just love it when your house sparkles? I think that's why we like the Christmas season so much. All of the white, twinkling lights make our house feel special.
To get that effect during the "off" season, I use a magic chemical. Window Cleaner. Yes, plain old window cleaner. Actually, I use a homemade window cleaner made with water, white vinegar, and rubbing alcohol. It works wonders. I use it everywhere. You see, dust and grime have a way of dulling everything in our home. The gentle window cleaner eliminates the grime and makes the house sparkle. I use a good quality rag or paper towel to wipe down everything. Picture frames and their glass, mirrors, table tops, lamps, figurines, appliances etc.. Be careful not to spray the cleaner directly on any surface. Spray the rag you are using and apply the rag to the surface.
Don't forget to clean the inside of your windows at the same time. A clear view to the outside is a beautiful thing.
A side benefit of using the vinegar based formula is that it works to reduce static, thus cutting down on dust attraction. It also works to remove odors. The down side of vinegar is that your house smells like you are dying Easter eggs (temporarily).
I hope you give the "Sparkle Effect" a try. We all need a little sparkle in our lives.
Recipe for my window cleaner:
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 cups water
1 TBL. rubbing alcohol (optional)
*the rubbing alcohol helps the liquid to evaporate quicker. I only use it when I am cleaning windows.