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By Real Simple
Updated August 11, 2009
Spray bottle and cloths at a window
Credit: Peter Margonelli

Q. How do I get rid of water spots on the outsides of my windows?

MaryAnn Janz

Lessburg, Florida

A. See spots go with this easy solution. Wipe the windows with a mixture of 2 ounces water and 10 drops lavender or lemongrass oil. Bonus: The essential oils may help repel flies, too.

No oil on hand? Mix together ¼ cup vinegar, 2 cups water, and a squirt of liquid Castile soap in a spray bottle. Lightly mist the windows and wipe with a sheet of newspaper.

If the windows are too high for you to reach easily, consider the Windex Outdoor All-in-One Glass Cleaning Tool ($15 at drugstores). The expandable rod stretches up to 11 feet and can be attached to another rod for cleaning even higher up. ―Sharon Tanenbaum

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