Bathrooms mirrors are subjected to a battery of household grime: spit, fog, toothpaste, fingerprints, and hairspray, to name a few. Follow the instructions below to achieve a shiny mirror that looks as good as new!
What You’ll Need
- Soft cloth
- Old newspaper
- White vinegar
- Foam shaving cream
How to Wash Those Mirrors
- Pre-clean the mirror by wiping it with a soft cloth. This will remove heavy dirt and dust.
- Use newspaper and water to get a streak-free shine. Crumple up newspaper you no longer need into usable sizes. Dip into water and rub in slow circles across the mirror. You may also use a solution of 1-c. white or distilled vinegar and 1-qt. warm water.
- Make sure to keep the area well-ventilated—the combination of newspaper and vinegar can be quite pungent!
- You can also try one of the following homemade mirror polishes: (1) borax and water, or (2) 2/3-c. water, 1/3-c. rubbing alcohol, and 1-tbsp. ammonia. Use these in combination with the newspaper as stated above.
- Go over wet areas again with dry newspaper to prevent drip marks.
- If you still have streaks, just repeat steps 2 and 3. A residue may have built up from using commercial cleaners in the past.
- You may also choose to use a squeegee to dry the mirror if you have one.
- Haley’s Cleaning Tips by Rosemary and Graham Haley recommends removing the dull film that often results from using hairspray with rubbing alcohol.
- Defog your mirror. The Ultimate Accidental Housewife by Julie Edelman suggests: when you go to take a shower, spread a thin layer of foam shaving cream over your mirror. When you’re done with your shower, wipe it off with a paper towel for a clean mirror that will not fog up for up to 3 weeks! Or try one of the following tricks:
- If you’re about to take a bath, run about an inch of cold water before turning on your hot water. This should prevent your mirror from fogging up.
- If your mirror is already foggy, use a hairdryer de-fog your mirror.
- Buy anti-fog wipes used for car windshields and apply them to your mirror.
How to Avoid Damaging Your Mirrors
- Avoid using commercial cleaners with acid, alkali, or ammonia—they are too abrasive.
- Keep liquid away from the edges of your mirror. This can cause “black edge,” which damages the backing. If you do accidentally get liquid on these edges, wipe up immediately!
- Never spray cleaner/vinegar/water directly onto the mirror—this helps avoid “black edge.”
- If you have several wall-mounted mirrors next to each other, do not clean across their joints. Liquid can collect in these areas and cause damage. Instead clean each mirror separately.
- Don’t use newspaper with a soy-based ink.