So now that the sun is making more frequent appearances, you might be noticing just how dirty your windows are.
Even freshly scrubbed windows can look streaky if your cleaner contains wax, or if it’s too hot out and the cleaner dries too quickly.
Many pros recommend washing windows with plain soap and water and a squeegee. A small squirt of liquid dish detergent in a bucket half-filled with cool water should suffice.
Apply the cleaning solution with a sponge or window scrubber. Using a clean cloth, dry a small strip down one edge of the window to create a dry place for the squeegee to start, then pull it straight across the window, drying the blade between strokes.
Window maker Jeld-Wen recommends cleaning with a solution of either 1 teaspoon baby shampoo or 1 1/2 cups vinegar in a gallon of water. Apply with a clean, soft cloth or sponge, rinse with clean water and then promptly and thoroughly dry the glass.
» Find more home and garden ideas in Sunday’s Today section.
If you want to avoid those brownish “age spots” as you get older, start slathering on the sunscreen now. Some advice from the experts:
• Start early. Age spots are the result of a lifetime of exposure to the sun or tanning beds, but damage can start appearing in your 20s.
• Choose sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15 (even better, 50) that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Put it on about 20 minutes before heading outside and reapply every two hours.
• Pay attention to trouble areas. The back of your hands and your face and chest are most likely to develop age spots.
• Remember that the sun’s rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sit under an umbrella and cover your arms and legs with lightweight fabrics.
» Find more health and fitness tips in Tuesday’s Today section.
Looking to add a little heat to your menu? A horseradish-mustard- marmalade glaze contributes tang and flavor to quick-cooking Hot Glazed Tuna Steak. For the recipe, see page C4.
»Find more recipes and restaurant news in Wednesday’s Food section.
Here’s what’s on the schedule for this week:
On CD (Tuesday)
David Cook, “This Loud Morning”
Gillian Welch, “The Harrow & The Harvest”
Various artists, “Rave On Buddy Holly”
Dolly Parton, “Better Day”
On DVD (Tuesday)
“Season of the Witch”
In theaters (Friday)
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (sci-fi action, Wednesday)
“Larry Crowne” (romantic comedy)
“Monte Carlo” (romantic comedy)
“The Voice”: The hit new singing competition crowns its first champion. (Wednesday, 8 p.m., NBC)
“Necessary Roughness”: Callie Thorne (“Rescue Me”) stars as a psychotherapist specializing in pro football players. (Wednesday, 10 p.m., USA)
“Extreme Chef”: The cooking contest premieres with a quirky challenge: making an appetizer on an auto engine. (Thursday, 10 p.m., Food Network)
“Treme”: The post-Hurricane Katrina drama wraps up its second season with an episode set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. (Sunday, 10 p.m., HBO)
“A Little Night Music”: Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, opens Thursday
Rush: Saturday, The Gorge
Robert Cray: Saturday, Knitting Factory
Strawberry Festival: Saturday-Sunday, Green Bluff
Bonner County Garden Tour: Sunday, Sandpoint area
24th Annual Summer Party: Sunday, China Bend Winery, Kettle Falls, Wash.
» Find a full arts and entertainment roundup in the Thursday and Friday Today sections.