Asking how to clean a mirror might seem like a silly question – you’re just using window cleaner, right? In fact, this is not the only way to do it. Maybe you are running out of window cleaner, or maybe you want to get rid of your chemical cleaners. Either way, there’s actually another method you can use and the good news is you might already have what you need.
It’s very quick and easy to do, and it’s arguably as important as knowing how to clean a glass shower door, Where how to clean a shower head. You also won’t need to use bleach. However, if you use bleach often, make sure don’t make that mistake. So here’s how to clean a mirror without leaving any streaks, smudges or smudges.
How to clean a mirror
Your mirror can be covered in all kinds of products, from misplaced toothpaste to hairspray and even foundation.
What you will need
Rubbing alcohol (optional)
Cotton pads / balls
White distilled vinegar
Empty spray bottle
Dish soap (optional)
If so, you’re going to want to tackle these issues before you clean the entire mirror, or you’ll end up smearing and smearing. The answer is rubbing alcohol.
Apply a few drops of rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball or soft cloth. Something soft is imperative, otherwise you could end up scratching the mirror. Then gently dab the residue until it dissipates. Try not to scrub your mirror – be patient and keep dabbing. Preprocessing your mirror like this is worth it, as it makes the next step a lot easier.
Now that your mirror is free of grime, you can get down to work on the smears. Just mix a cup of distilled white vinegar (no malt, it will still work, but you’ll thank us for the difference in smell) with a cup of water in an empty spray bottle. We recommend that you open a window or leave the doors open to ventilate the room before starting the application, as white vinegar still smells.
Shake to mix and then spray the solution on your mirror. Don’t spray too liberally at first, as you may not need it and you don’t want to mess around. Use common sense, but if you’re not sure you can work between each spray to decide if you need more. To wipe down the mirror, use a dry microfiber cloth. Some recommend that you can use newspaper or rags as well, but in my experience, microfiber cloths are the best because they don’t leave lint and dust behind. If you don’t have one on hand, we recommend the MR.SIGA Microfiber Cleaning Cloths ($ 11.99, Amazon).
You want to wipe in a sideways motion, not a circular one. A circular movement actually deposits the dust back on the mirror, so it’s counterproductive. Make sure you work all the way to the edges and in the corners. Keep polishing and your mirror will be pristine in no time. If you want to check your work, walk around the mirror to see it from different angles. This will help you spot unwanted smears.
How to prevent a mirror from fogging up
If you’re cleaning a bathroom mirror and want to keep it from fogging up, there is a way. Just apply a drop of clean dish soap to a clean microfiber cloth (you won’t need a lot), then wipe it all over your clean mirror. Again use a side-to-side motion.
It will look very messy at first and take a while to polish, but it works. Your mirror will no longer fog up and it will last a few weeks.