DIY: How to Clean Window and Door Tracks with Vinegar

Before:                                                              After:

Hello and welcome to Mrs. Lady Renaissance. I find that a clean house is a happy and healthy house. We’ve owned our home for 3 years and have been busy slowly renovating and revamping each room. The moment I moved in I couldn’t stand how dirty and disgusting the window and the back door tracks were. Time passed and I swore I would get to it and never did. A month ago, the first week on Summer vacation from grad school, I got to working by cleaning each window track. Today, I realized I cleaned the inside of the back door track, but completely neglected the area often covered by the actual door. Since my Summer break has begun, I’ve been on a cleaning steak. I use the same home made cleanser for everything.

Make your own cleaner:

An empty spray bottle

Fill 1/4 the bottle with white vinegar

Fill the rest of the bottle with water

Squeeze a dash of dawn or dish soap

Note: Vinegar can give out a very strong smell. You can add citrus if you’d like. My kids do not like the smell, but it really doesn’t bother me. I even pour vinegar over baking soda to clean my stainless steel “All-Clad” pans.

To Clean your Tracks:

An Old Toothbrush

Your Spray bottle with your home made cleanser.

Paper Towels

Toothpicks for those hard to reach places.

Q-Tips for those hard to reach places.


Step 1: Saturate your desired area

Step 2: Let it sit for 5 minutes, more for stubborn places. You can always tell if the tracks are ready to be cleaned if you take a toothpick and slide it over the track and you notice that the dirt is movable.

Step 3: Begin wiping with paper towels, utilize the toothpicks to reach inside of the tracks and the q-tips to reach inside of the window and door tracks.

Step 4: Repeat as needed, but it took me about 15 minutes to clean this super dirty back door track.


My Door Track Before:

My Track During:


My Track After:


Did I mention that I was even embarrassed to have b-day parties or guests because I was sure they were going to look through the window from the outside or from the inside towards the outside and discover that I have had filthy tracks for 3 years? Well, this is what they look like after from the outside looking in. Ahhhh refreshing.


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