As it gets closer to the holidays, I know a lot of you will be hosting family and friends. We’re celebrating the art of hospitality on the blog this week with simple solutions to common problems.
Ok, so today, I want to talk to you about something kind of gross. If you’re reading this at 6 am when this blog post goes live you may want to do yourself a favor and go ahead and have that cup of coffee before reading this post. It’s not offensive or anything, it’s just something no one really talks about but it’s a common problem with pet owners. You ready? Today, I’m going to tell you how I get dog nose prints off the windowpanes.
We’re really blessed to have so many windows in our home. All of the natural light is one of my favorite things about the house. From about 7 am to 7 pm we rarely turn on the overhead lights or chandeliers. It’s so nice. Having so many windows in the house means the dogs are constantly entertained because there is always something to look at outside. One of their favorite places to hang out is the front door. There are five small windowpanes surrounding each side of the front door. The dog that is 45 pounds of mutt loving, takes the second window from the bottom while the two little jack russell terriers hold court at the very bottom pane. The 3 dogs make the trip from their cushy beds to the windows around the front door multiple times a day. You know? Just to check things out.
I deep clean the areas I know they’re going to be around on a regular basis. I want to make sure I do it with natural products because they lick and sniff everything. I’ve tried several different formulas for natural cleaners but it wasn’t until I discovered this recipe that really made my windows shine and cleaned the “wet nose grime.”
Before you get started you’ll want to use protective gloves for your hands. Heat 2 cups water (it should be very warm to hot but not boiling water). Use caution, as water will be hot and could potentially burn your skin.
Next pour in ¼ cup of organic apple cider vinegar
Add ¼ cup isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
1 Tablespoon of cornstarch (skip the cornstarch if you’re allergic to corn or corn based products)
Mix together with a spoon and pour mixture into spray bottle.
Next I spray the mixture onto the windowpane and use a coffee filter that is heavy duty but also textured to gently clean off any pet print build up. You can also use a micro fiber cloth or a reusable cloth like Handi Wipes. I’ve not personally had it happen to me but I’ve read that over time vinegar can scratch the surfaces of some windowpanes so take that under advisement if you decide to use this recipe.
Here’s a look at the before, you’ll notice it’s cloudy
This is a look at the other side of the door. Again, use gloves to protect your fingers and hands (I took my gloves off in some of these shots because I was having a hard time taking the picture with them on.)
Living with pets is always interesting. I swear my three dogs are as messy as my niece and nephews. They do require extra care and clean up but the snuggles you get in return are like little rays of sunshine on a cloudy day.
See you guys back here tomorrow. We’ll be peeking into one of the guest bedrooms at Bliss Barracks and discussing how to make guests feel comfortable when they come to visit.