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Best Ways to Clean Window Tracks

Let’s face it. No one likes to clean windows. People even joke about how they’ll do everything, except the windows. What makes cleaning windows so unenjoyable that people put it off for well longer than they care to admit? Cleaning the glass isn’t that hard. It’s time-consuming, sure, but not difficult. The real pain is the window tracks. They get covered in filth (mildew, dirt, debris) and you have no idea how to make them easier to clean. Let’s look at the best ways to clean window tracks (relatively painlessly).

Window tracks can get dirty fast, but you can make them sparkle again with these tips - the best ways to clean window tracks!

Best Ways to Clean Window Tracks – 5 Simple Steps

1. Vacuum Up Any Debris

Chances are you’ll have a few bits of leaves and small twigs in your window tracks. Use a vacuum hose to suck up any loose dirt and debris.

2. Cover the Area with Baking Soda

Baking soda is best known for its abrasiveness. It’s great for getting the grime off of everything. Cover the worst areas with baking soda. Make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies. The worst areas are usually in the corners. To make the baking soda easier to sprinkle over the area, use a plastic spoon or scoop. This way, you’ll be less likely to get baking soda all over the floor.

before and after window track cleaning

3. Add Vinegar

Next, you want to cover the baking soda with white vinegar. Don’t add to much or you’ll wash away all the baking soda. You want to add enough so that the vinegar saturates the baking soda. The combination of the two will cause a bubbling reaction that helps lift up the dirt. Let the vinegar and baking soda sit on the area for 5 to 10 minutes.

4. Use a Toothbrush to Clean the Window Tracks

Take an old toothbrush and scrub the corners really good, working the baking soda and vinegar mixture toward the center of the track. Once all the gunk and baking soda is at the center, take a damp paper towel and wipe it up.

If your window tracks are really dirty, you may have to repeat steps 2 – 4 until you get the tracks clean.

5. Wipe Down

Wipe the window tracks down with a clean, wet cloth and allow to dry.

See? It’s not that hard to do… it just requires some elbow grease and learning the best ways to clean window tracks.  It does take time, but you’ll be happy you did it once your windows are sparkling clean. It makes throwing open the windows for fresh air all the more pleasant.

Window Track Cleaning Tips to Make Those Windows Sparkle


Friday 21st of January 2022

Thank you for sharing this!!! I am trying to deep clean the whole house for a fresh start this new year. I am totally going to do this & hopefully some professional carpet cleaning tomorrow. Thanks again!!!

Donella Crigger

Saturday 29th of January 2022

I need to deep clean as well, but everything is so yucky with all the snow that I think I'll hold off for a bit. Hope you're having a wonderful 2022!


Monday 23rd of December 2019

Hi! how about the window screens? mine are already dusty and i have no idea how to clean them without getting professional help?

Donella Crigger

Monday 23rd of December 2019

Our window screens are removable, so I just take them out and scrub them with a dish brush in the tub/shower.


Thursday 21st of November 2019

Hi, how was your day! How do I get rid of flies that are stuck in the window?

Donella Crigger

Thursday 21st of November 2019

Hi, Araya. I'm not sure about the flies. If they're hardened onto the window or window sill, you could probably use a spray (a mixture of vinegar and water or window cleaner) to moisten the area... let it sit a few minutes... and then try scraping them off. An ice scraper like you use in the winter on your car windows would probably do the trick. Let me know how it turns out!

Mary Leigh

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Really great tip to vacuum the debris away first! I've done it the other way before and just ended up wiping debris around!