Home Remedies for Cleaning Mirrors

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Mirror, mirror on the wall…how did you get so dirty? The splatter of toothpaste from brushing your teeth, suds from scrubbing your face, and everyday dust can make your mirrors appear dull and clouded. To improve the condition of your reflection, home remedies for cleaning mirrors can produce a clearer image.

Mirror Cleaning Home Remedies

When the reflection you see staring back at you may not be of the best quality, it’s time to do something about it. To add sparkle and shine, home remedies for cleaning mirrors can clean and rejuvenate the glass. A handful of suggestions include:

a) Damp Cloth:

Wipe dirty mirrors clean with a damp cloth and you there will be no need to polish.

b) Vinegar:

Enjoy a brilliant shine when adding a bit of vinegar to a small amount of water to create a cleaning solution for mirrors.

c) Cornstarch:

To get a sparkling finish to cleaned mirrors, try this solution comprised of one tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in one quart of water. Dip a clean cloth in the solution to apply to mirrors.

d) Q-Tips:

To clean the edges of mirrors and get into hard-to-reach places (like the crevices between the glass and the frame), dip a Q-tip into your cleaning solution. Turn to the other side to dry the same areas.

e) Newspaper:

Wad up (or crumple) sheets of newspaper to use for polishing your mirrors. The newspaper will not leave behind the lint that paper towels tend to. You must choose newspapers that do not use a soy-based ink.

f) Tissue Paper:

Don’t toss away crumpled tissue paper into the trash after opening up a gift. Another lint-free option for cleaning mirrors is to use leftover tissue paper as a way to wipe clean your mirrors.

g) Borax:

Remove spots and streaks from a mirror by washing them with a solution made out of two tablespoons of Borax dissolved in three cups of water. Dip a clean sponge in the remedy.

h) Tea [1]:

To make a mirror shine, reach for a cup of your favorite strong tea. Brew a pot and let it cool before using the clean mirrors. Dampen a soft cloth in the tea and wipe it over the surface of the mirror. Use a soft, dry cloth to buff the mirror – creating a streak-free shine that sparkles.

i) Coffee Filter:

You probably never thought of a coffee filter as a way to wipe clean a mirror, but this lint-free product doesn’t leave streaks or scratch marks behind.

j) Air Freshener:

Spray a mirror with air freshener to clean with a nice scent.

k) Shaving Cream:

Clean the mirror with shaving cream, which also helps to repel steam.

l) Old T-Shirt:

An old T-shirt (preferably a plain soft shirt) without any abrasive designs or embellishments can be used as a rag to efficiently clean mirrors.

m) Rubbing Alcohol and Dishwashing Soap:

Mix one cup of isopropyl rubbing alcohol (70 percent solution) and one tablespoon dish-washing detergent with one cup of water in a mixing bowl. Transfer the ingredients to a spray bottle and use to clean mirrors.

n) Single-Edged Razor Blade:

When window cleaner cannot remove a caked-on stain, sticky glue, or splatter of paint, use a single-edged razor blade to scrape off residue. Follow up by washing with your cleaner.


[1] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 329.