People have long recommended washing windows with newspaper, but only if
printed with petroleum based ink. Everybody prints newspapers with soy
Can I use plain old newsprint with no ink on it to wash windows?
That's the problem. This old saw pretty much predates Windex, paper towels,
etc. Consumer's Report tested this a number of years ago along with
conventional window cleaners. Newsprint finished dead last.
On 30 Jun 2003 19:49:09 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@NOSPAMcore.com (DThompson) wrote:
These days, the usual advice is to wash with cloth or paper towels,
then polish with newspaper, not newsprinted newspaper. You can get
the newspaper unprinted from folks like UHaul who sell it in
boxes as packing paper.
I have always seen people do this with window cleaner and the newspaper,
not the newspaper alone.
The problem with paper towels is they leave paper dust all over the
windows. That is why I was wondering about newsprint by itself since I
work at a newspaper and can get small end rolls for free.
Hey, so do I! I work in the pressroom of a, uh, prominent Charlotte
newspaper. I never thought about using newsprint for cleaning windows.
We use it to put on the floor of the locker room when changing shoes.
You can also use it as an endless paper supply for kids to draw on.
Other than that, and cleaning windows, we throw away so much paper it
would horrify most people...
I do this when cleaning and substitute newspaper for paper towels - much
more cost effective and environmentally friendly - plus there's always some
lying around... I still need a liquid (like windex) to loosen the dirt, but
w/o the waste of the paper towel...
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