Cleaning the window tracks and tracks on sliding glass doors can be one of life's biggest pain in the bums. The small spaces are likely to get crusty, dirty and coated with bugs, and they are notoriously difficult to get into with a regular cleaning rag.
If you want to get those areas sparkly clean with as little work as possible, try one of these easy to use techniques from Brightnest and Tip Hero.
Method 1: You'll need a shot glass of vinegar, q-tips (or a toothbrush), paper towels and a vacuum with a hose. If possible, pre-clean your tracks by sucking loose dirt out with your vacuum attachment.
Next, soak a q-tip in vinegar and drag it in the crevices. If your tracks have a ton of dirt, try a toothbrush instead as it cleans a much bigger area and will take a bit less time. Use a paper towel to remove the dirt and dry the track. (Use a toothbrush, pencil or cotton swab to press the towel into the smallest spaces.).
Method 2: Grab some baking soda, vinegar, dish soap, water, an old toothbrush, paper towels, a wet rag, spoon, butter knife and a spray bottle.
Dust your dirty tracks with a layer of baking soda. You'll want to target corners and nooks really well. In your spray bottle, combine equal parts water and vinegar. Shake well. Spray the mixture all over the baking soda and let it set for about five minutes. (You'll see bubbles, let them die down before you start the next time).
Take your toothbrush and start scrubbing. Try to push everything into the middle so you can clean it up easier. This will take a few minutes to finish. Once you have all the dirt in the pile, use a paper towel to wipe it all away. If you have really tough spots, use a butter knife and a paper towel to get into corners.
Finally, wipe the entire track down with a wet rag.
You should clean your window and door tracks at least once every six months to keep the dirt buildup from getting too heavy.