Commercial cleaners like Windex may seem like the go-to for cleaning hazy mirrors. However, many homeowners are leaving these products behind in favor of more natural and safer options.
Check out this natural alternative to clean mirrors, whether you are trying to avoid potentially harmful chemicals or just want to save the trip to the store.
Step #1. Make a homemade glass cleaner
When speaking of dirty mirrors, oil, grease, and hard-water spots are the main culprits. So, making a solution that can clean both types of stains without residue sounds like an excellent idea.
Of all natural cleaners, white vinegar’s acidic properties make it a strong ally against hard-water stains’ alkaline composition. Likewise, alcohol’s chemical structure works flawlessly to eliminate oil and grease stains.
To make the most out of these wonderful products, you can mix ¼ a cup of vinegar, ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol, and two cups of warm water in a spray bottle.
Pro tip: Be sure to wash the spray bottle thoroughly, as traces from other liquids or chemicals can leave streaks on your mirror.
Step #2. Dust and pre-clean your mirrors
Before wet wiping your mirror, dust the area using a lint-free cloth (a microfiber cloth is the best option). During this step, the technique is crucial—prevent dirt from settling again by working on ‘”Z” motions rather than in circles.
If you have a framed mirror, you should know that dirt can get stuck in the slits at the joint with the glass. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to get rid of particles trapped there while avoiding damage to the glass.
Pro tip: You can use a toothpick to take care of the dirt particles the toothbrush couldn’t remove.
Step #3. Apply the solution and wipe
It is recommended to only spray your cleaning solution on the upper section of your mirror to avoid dripping. Besides, alcohol dries quickly, so you may not have time to wipe if you spray the whole surface—unless it’s a tiny mirror.
Once you’ve sprayed the area you want to clean, wipe away the stains with your lint-free fabric using rapid zig-zag motions. If you encounter a stubborn spot, a little bit of elbow grease will take care of it.
Repeat the process as you work your way down the length of the mirror.
Step #4. Dry the mirror surface
Newspaper is the go-to item to dry glass surfaces, but some may use petroleum-based ink, which creates smears when wet.
If you don’t want to risk it, a microfiber cloth or any other lint-free rag will help you to dry your mirrors flawlessly. Just remember to use Z-shaped movements to reduce the chances of streaks appearing.
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