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