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How to Clean Mirrors Naturally: Easy DIY Cleaning Solution

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Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash - Christian Mackie

Getting your mirrors to sparkle and shine is actually much easier than you think. We’ll show you how to clean mirrors naturally using household ingredients, so you won’t have to reach for conventional cleaners made with heavy chemicals.

One of the most annoying parts about cleaning mirrors is trying to make sure that there are no streaks left behind. The solution to this problem really comes down to using the right tools for the job. Microfiber cloths are among some of the best things to use because they are less likely to hold onto lint and dust, which can make streaking worse. But while microfiber cloths are convenient, it’s worth noting that they are not the most environmentally friendly option out there. Sure, they’re reusable, but when washed, microfiber cloths release microplastics that end up in our waterways.

Another great tool for cleaning mirrors is a squeegee, which you can find in any hardware store or on Amazon**. You can also use it when cleaning windows and shower doors. You’ll also need a cloth to wipe away the dust and grime, so why not try using unpaper towels? These are paper-towel-sized pieces of cotton or bamboo fabric meant to be washed and reused over and over again. You can find them in many zero-waste stores, or you can add them to your cart on Amazon**.

If you notice cracks or chips while you’re cleaning, learn how to fix a broken mirror to extend its life and keep your home looking polished.

How to Clean Mirrors for a Streak-Free Shine

Step One: Spot Treat

One of the main causes of streaks on mirrors is the spots you’re trying to clean away. For improved results, pour some rubbing alcohol onto a cloth and rub the toothpaste, fingerprints, and shaving cream spots off your mirror. By spot-treating the worst areas of the mirror, you’ll be able to get a better overall clean.

Step Two: Apply a Natural Solution

To clean your mirrors, all you need is two ingredients:

Add the vinegar and water to a spray bottle and give it a good shake to combine. If you’re using a cloth, spray the mixture directly onto it instead of the mirror itself. If you’re using a squeegee, go ahead and spray the mixture directly onto the mirror, but use a cloth to give your mirror a final polish.

Tip: To prevent streaks, use a zig zag pattern when cleaning your mirror.

Dirty Car Mirrors: An Alternate Solution

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Having clean car mirrors is a must if you want to drive safely. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash - Kalle Kortelainen )

If you want to give your car mirrors extra special attention, you can use a different solution that is targeted at dirt instead of toothpaste and soap scum. You’ll need:

  • 3 tbsp liquid Castile soap
  • 2 cups distilled water

Add the soap and water to a spray bottle and shake well to combine. Give your mirror a good spray and scrub the dirt away, then finish off with the above vinegar solution.

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