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What's the best way to achieve a streak-free shine? These clever mirror cleaning tactics should give you a clear perspective.

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"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" Well, who can tell with all those toothpaste splatters and fingerprints everywhere? Mirrors can get messy fast. If yours seems like a magnet for every droplet, particle, and print possible, reflect on these green mirror cleaning tips.

Daily Mirror Cleaning
Regular day-to-day mirror cleaning is a cinch -- and totally green -- if you use a little rubbing alcohol on a soft, lint-free cloth (I like microfiber); it'll wash away all sorts of spots and smudges. Plus, alcohol disinfects while it cleans and it evaporates as it dries so it leaves nothing behind but a streak-free shine!

Fresh out of rubbing alcohol? Try an antiseptic mouthwash, which has the same effect as the rubbing alcohol when applied to a lint-free cloth and used to buff the mirror.

If you don't like the smell of the alcohol or mouthwash, brew yourself a cup of tea and leave half of it to cool in the fridge for a while. Then dip a lint-free cloth into the tea and scrub the mirror. It's tea for two -- you and your mirror!

If these mirror cleaning solutions are all a little too drippy for you, try gel hand sanitizer to clean and shine all of your mirrors in seconds flat.

Removing Water Spots from the Mirror
Grab the baking soda from your pantry -- or keep an extra box in your medicine cabinet. A little of the this go-to green cleaning powder on a dry cloth will buff unsightly water spots away without leaving streaks behind.

De-Fogging the Mirror
One of the biggest problems with the bathroom mirror is that it gets all fogged up with steam from the shower. To de-fog the mirror quickly and with zero streaks, aim your hair dryer at the glass. The dry heat will dissipate the condensation in no time.

To prevent the haze from coming back, take a cloth and rub a layer of shaving cream or dish soap all over the surface. Keep rubbing it in with a lint-free cloth until it has disappeared completely. No more fogs for at least a week or two.


Bet you thought we were going to recommend vinegar as a green mirror cleaning product, huh? Nope, we know you DIYers are hip to that household hack already! Do you have any more tips to offer us?




  • Cleaning services london

    :) I never thought that I can use the hair dryer to defog the bath mirror.Thanks for the post was useful for me .... Cheers!!!

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  • Susie

    You can also use 1/2 water 1/2 hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle to clean mirrors and disenfect.. It leaves a beautiful streak-free shine... No smell either... Not for use on stainless steele though.... any type of glass or ceramic tile....


  • nancy cornstall

    mouthwash is nice for pouring in the toilet after cleaning it. it has that's nice, fresh scent and makes the room smell good and feel fresher! i just came across some free cleaning products this morning at http://savecreatively.com/freestuff.aspx as with most good samples, they'll probably go fast, but i liked that this site wasn't making you join or share personal info to get products.


  • nancy cornstall

    mouthwash is nice for pouring in the toilet after cleaning it. it has that's nice, fresh scent and makes the room smell good and feel fresher! i just came across some free cleaning products this morning at http://savecreatively.com/freestuff.aspx as with most good samples, they'll probably go fast, but i liked that this site wasn't making you join or share personal info to get products.


  • Carrie

    Backing soda , interesting Thank I will try it.

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  • Louis

    Yes-here's a tip for all those who dislike stainless steel appliances because they feel they are difficult to keep clean. DO NOT USE houshold spray cleaners or window cleaners or those expensive cleaners that are supposed to made for stainless steel--BALONEY!!!!!

    Her's what to do----Spray your stainless appliances with an oily type furniture polish (Orange-Glo is fabulous!) Then wipe in and buff really well until all the excess oil residue is gone. Your appliances are now clean, they sparkle like diamonds, and you won't see anymore of those "where did that come from" type smudges or smears!

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  • SUSAN

    LOUIS, APPRECIATED YOUR RECOMMENDATION FOR CLEANING STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES. WANTED TO KNOW IF YOUR METHOD IS THE BEST FOR WATER DRIPS AS WELL? I REALLY STRUGGLE TO THOROUGHLY REMOVE WATER DRIPS DOWN THE FRONT OFMY REFRIGERATOR FROM WATER DISPENSER. THANKS!


  • Louis

    Yes-here's a tip for all those who dislike stainless steel appliances because they feel they are difficult to keep clean. DO NOT USE houshold spray cleaners or window cleaners or those expensive cleaners that are supposed to made for stainless steel--BALONEY!!!!!

    Here's what to do----Spray your stainless appliances with an oily type furniture polish (Orange-Glo is fabulous!) Then wipe in and buff really well until all the excess oil residue is gone. Your appliances are now clean, they sparkle like diamonds, and you won't see anymore of those "where did that come from" type smudges or smears!

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  • Al

    By golly---I would sure add caveats to 'hair dryers to clean fog on mirrors etc.' ---as to how close--how long---how hot----------etc-=Al

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  • Martha

    An even greener solution to the messy bathroom mirror is to use plain hot water on a washcloth, then dry with a microfiber towel. It leaves no streaks at all, and you don't need ANY chemicals. It is also great for windows of any kind. Try it, and you'll be amazed at how well it works!

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  • Louis

    Yes, Susan, I have the same problem and the furniture polish works perfectly. If you have calcified hard water stains that have had a chance to set in, , you might want to try a light quick spray with a little CLR or Lime-Away first, then apply the oil based furniture polish.

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  • Louis

    Yes, Susan, I have the same problem and the furniture polish works perfectly. If you have calcified hard water stains, you might want to try a light quick spray with a little CLR or Lime-Away first, then apply the oil based furniture polish.

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