Cleaning Mirrors

February 4, 2010

Cleaning MirrorsI always found that when I'd clean my mirrors, every product I'd use would streak. Well, I found something that doesn't and it's cheap. Water! I just wet my cloth, wipe down the mirror and use either a torn up sheet or paper towel to dry it.


I use water to clean my windows, too. I told a friend of mine about this and she said she couldn't believe how good it worked!

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January 15, 2005

If you have a mirrored cabinet (such as a medicine cabinet) that requires you to touch the mirror to open it, thus leaving fingerprints, I have found that placing small vinyl clings/decals at the spot you touch eliminates the fingerprints. I like to change the vinyl clings to correspond with the seasons or holidays. You can involve your children in this, too! By songbird100


August 11, 2011

There are many products available that claim to do the best job on your mirrors. Even with these products it can be tough to avoid getting streaks and spots. It is important to protect the surface and backing of your mirrors from damage.


February 9, 2006

Mirrors get so dirty fast especially with fingerprints or if you have kids who love using crayons and other stuff on them. What I find that works wonders is baby wipes...


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October 6, 2012

What do I mix with vinegar to clean a mirror?

By Ken P


October 8, 20121 found this helpful

Water, I use a 1/4 cup of vinegar to the rest of your favorite spray bottle of water. I use this solution for my entire house once I have it mixed. I promise you! Stove tops, Glass top tables, counter tops, mirrors! Also is safe to use on Insect bites, and all scrapes!


Just spray on area and wipe with a tissue or spray a cotton ball and apply to surface area (this is a very natural antiseptic) -Pediatrician approved! Oops! Just mention vinegar and I've got plenty of tips.. :}

October 10, 20121 found this helpful

I use a mix of equal parts of water and white vinegar. I put it in a spray bottle from the dollar store. I have used it for years to clean mirrors and windows.

February 27, 20150 found this helpful

Be careful with the vinegar. It can cause those black etch marks in mirrors.

September 6, 20160 found this helpful

I haven't used windex or vinegar in yrs.

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July 11, 2006

I recently purchased an old Vanity Mirror. It is absolutely beautiful, but we have tried to clean it endlessly, but can't seem to get rid of some of the "dark-color" streaks. Any suggestions would be most-appreciated.

Thank You!
Fran from Farmingdale, New York


July 15, 20060 found this helpful

I know it's for Stains on Clothes, but I have found it cleans anything. Put a little on soft rag with lightly rub & try a small place.


Good Luck.

July 17, 20060 found this helpful

The dark spots may be where the silver agent has come off/ take it to a mirror refinisher to get an estimate

By Bill (Guest Post)
July 17, 20060 found this helpful

The dark color streaks are caused by the silver on the back of your mirror gone bad, either from moisture getting to the back of the mirror or from age or from direct sun light over a long period of time. If you have the mirror re-silvered the bright new silver will make all the fine surface scratches stand out and you will not be happy with the re-silvering job. I would buy a new mirror.

July 17, 20060 found this helpful

My father used to have an antique shop and we also did furniture refinishing. It sounds like the mirror needs to be resilvered. If it is in a frame and that is the part you want to save, you can have the mirror part replaced.


If the mirror itself is bevelled or etched and you want to save it, then take it to a professional and they can usually restore it to its original look.

July 18, 20060 found this helpful


July 18, 20060 found this helpful

Hi...and Thank You all for your suggestions and advice. Maybe it is indeed the silver-gone-bad theory. Might be pretty expensive to refinish it. It's a very large, heavy round mirror from the 1930's. Maybe I'll just get an estimate to see what it will cost to re-silver or replace. Thanks Again Everyone!...Fran

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May 24, 2005

Tips for cleaning mirrors. Post your ideas.


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May 24, 20050 found this helpful

If you're frustrated with getting your mirrors streak free, there's a new solution that works in a jiffy. Use the new micro-fiber cloths that are coming out with white vinegar. Don't use fabric softener with the micro-fiber cloths. Another good use is washing the car with them. You don't need soap, just water and your micro-fiber cloth. It works!


By Ardis

By Jo-Ann (Guest Post)
May 24, 20050 found this helpful

These cloths are great for everything

By Enter your nameSusan from Hamilton (Guest Post)
May 24, 20051 found this helpful

I wash the microcloths in the washer and rinse with vinegar instead of fabric softener. The micro cloths only need water to clean and rinse with.

I run a small cleaning business and I use them all the time for mirrors, taps, glass, etc. If I need to clean something really filthy, I use a regular cloth first to take the worst of the grime off.

By guest (Guest Post)
May 24, 20050 found this helpful

This is the old standby that I thought was well known. Just use a splash of white distilled vinegar in water, and wipe off with newspaper. This is the most effective, inexpensive and eco-friendly way to clean your mirrors.


When you're finished with the newspaper, you can put it in your compost pile.

May 28, 20050 found this helpful

Use some shaving cream for the bathroom mirrors. Wipe off with soft cloth and your mirrors will be fog free.

September 4, 20160 found this helpful

Will this also work on car glass. The inside of my car window fronr and back are bad some time. Thank you.

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February 22, 2018

Shaving cream has a second life as an easy to use cleaner for bathroom mirrors and fixtures. You do not need to buy an expensive brand. This is a page about cleaning mirrors and bathroom fixtures with shaving cream.

Shaving cream smeared on a dark background.

August 18, 2017

Cloudy mirrors can be the result of a residue build up on the face of the mirror or damage to the backing. To clean your cloudy mirror try either foam shaving cream or straight white vinegar in a spray bottle.

A woman cleaning a mirror with rubber gloves on.


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March 14, 2007

I have tried everything to get my mirrors in all four of my bathrooms streak free and nothing seems to work.


February 4, 2010

What is the best remedy for obtaining streak-free mirrors?

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