DIY Homemade Mirror Cleaner

Do your mirrors constantly get smudges on them, ruining their perfect reflective surface? It’s nearly impossible to keep your mirror streak-free all the time, but some of us want to avoid the strong scent and potentially dangerous chemicals of most store-bought glass and mirror cleaning solutions. One easy solution is to make your own DIY homemade mirror cleaner. Homemade mirror cleaners are easy to make and can give you the same great results as any cleaner you find at the store for just a fraction of the price.

There are a few different recipes for a great homemade mirror cleaner, but the ingredient that most have in common is simple—white vinegar. White vinegar is great for cleaning or deodorizing many surfaces, and it works wonders on glass without leaving behind streaks. Here are two of our favorite homemade mirror cleaners that use white vinegar:

Homemade Mirror Cleaner #1

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol

Combine 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup rubbing alcohol (or any amount you’d like, as long as you use equal parts of each) in an empty spray bottle and shake to combine. This homemade mirror cleaner will leave your windows streak-free and the rubbing alcohol will help to kill any lingering germs.

Homemade Mirror Cleaner #2

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water

If you don’t have rubbing alcohol on hand or prefer not to use it in your homemade mirror cleaner (rubbing alcohol can have a strong odor that, though it disappears once dry, bothers some) you can simply mix 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup water in a spray bottle. As with our first homemade mirror cleaner, you can use any amount you’d like as long as you mix equal parts of both.

To make either of these homemade mirror cleaners smell fresh and clean like a store-bought solution, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to your homemade mirror cleaner. Essential oils like lavender smell great, while tea tree oil has additional cleaning properties and gives off an extra fresh smell.

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