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What makes newspapers great for cleaning windows? See detail.

Asked by flo (12904points) April 20th, 2019

Is it the ink? What is it that makes it a great cleaner, even when using water not necessarily the glass cleaning liquid products out there.

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elbanditoroso's avatar

Texture. It’s not gritty like sandpaper, which would scratch windows. But it’s not soft and wimpy and prone to fall part, like paper towels.

josie's avatar

No lint

mazingerz88's avatar

For me mainly because after reading it’s a free window cleaner.

snowberry's avatar

I don’t like it because the ink comes off on my hands. I remember when I was young they used a different kind of ink on the newspapers. I think the story about newspapers being good for washing windows came from that time. These days other than tradition, there are other methods of cleaning windows that are far superior.

cookieman's avatar

I agree with @snowberry. Same with newspaper as receptacle for fish & chips. I know it’s tradition, but the idea of ink mixing with hot oil mixing with food is just gross.

Of course, I haven’t bought a physical newspaper in about 25 years, so there’s that.

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flo's avatar

Why wouldn’t the glass become slightly darker though?

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