How to clean window sills, tracks and fly screens

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

While you are cleaning your curtains and blinds you may want to clean the window sills, tracks and fly screens as well.



  • I use a toothbrush or this Track Cleaning Brush
  • Vacuum cleaner using small nozzle
  • Spray bottle with water and mild detergent
  • Old sock or rag
  • Wooden kebab stick or toothpick

How to

  1. Vacuum tracks picking up all loose dirt and insects
  2. Loosen any hard dirt using brush or Track Cleaning Brush
  3. Use the kebab stick to loosen and stubborn dirt in corners (not needed if using the Track Cleaning Brush)
  4. Vacuum again
  5. Spray in track, use rag to wipe clean

Grout cleaner for window sills blinds and shutters


Security Screens

  1. Place a towel underneath window to prevent floor for getting dirty
  2. Use a bucket of warm soapy water and wash screens
  3. Rinse with clean water
  4. Screens can be vacuumed regularly to pick up dirt and dust

Regular Fly Screens

  1. Remove fly screen
  2. Lay against fence, wall or lay flat on ground
  3. Using garden hose on high pressure wet screen removing loose dirt particles
  4. Use a bucket of warm soapy water and wash screens
  5. Use garden hose to rinse
  6. Allow to dry


Wipe window sills with warm soapy water give a wipe over with a clean dry cloth


Use this Mini Blind Duster to easily dust and clean blinds or shutters.

White magic mini blind duster

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Kate November 27, 2010 - 9:38 PM

Kebabs! Best cleaning tool known to woman!

Katrina November 30, 2010 - 6:18 AM

ever so handy, easier to use compared to a toothpick

Lianne February 28, 2012 - 5:43 AM

where are those brushes from

Katrina February 28, 2012 - 9:11 AM

You can purchase them from a Tupperware Demonstator, otherwise I will have some back in stock shortly

Sally Nelson May 12, 2012 - 9:42 AM

do you think  a spray like Mr Sheen may help reduce the future buildup of gunge in the corners of the track? I know it can be used as a mild lubricant, and someone once told me that if you sprayed it on a painted door, you could then use said door as a whiteboard (not tried that myself).

Megan April 9, 2015 - 5:19 PM

Hi, can you pls advise me on how to remove fly screens On our sliding glass windows. Ours seem to be fitted from the outside and i cannot get to the sliding glass Window behind it.

Also how do I remove them from upstairs?

Beryl Newton November 27, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Megan check to see if there is a screw on the out side of the fly screens , can you lift the glass sliding window out. open window slightly then lift up and take bottom out first.

Margy June 27, 2016 - 11:55 AM

I tried everything to clean our Crimsafe screens and nearly gave up!
The Crimsafe Outlet recommended the HaRa green glove to us. This product is absolutely unbeatable to clean the screens – even without chemicals. Every now and then I use Carnauba, which is a natural wax care balm and prevents dirt from sticking to the screens. I would never use anything else again! The screens are done in no time!

Andrea November 23, 2016 - 11:00 AM

I tried the little brushes and vaccuum cleaner. The dealer for our Crimsafe got me onto this: So easy! – I cleaned the screens in the whole house in under an hour!


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