When you want a clean mirror, you are looking for something that is clear to see with no blemishes or streaks. Once upon a time, the household trick to do this was to use newspaper. However, with the ink that is used today, this is no longer the case. It may still work, but it’s not going to be the best way to clean your mirror. Rather, try this process and see some amazing results. You’ll find that it is easy to get a streak free, clean mirror with very little effort.
First, get your supplies
A microfiber cloth – Can be found at dollar tree in the car cleaning section for cheap!
Isopropyl Alcohol – Standard rubbing alcohol
A cotton wiping pad – Like the kind you can use for taking on makeup
Windex or other glass cleaner – You can also use a homemade variety with a mix of water, vinegar and essential oil
Now, get rid of blemishes and grime on your mirror
This is what the alcohol is for. Apply a small amount of alcohol to one of the cotton wipes and rub off any spots including grime, toothpaste or whatever else is on the mirror that you don’t want to know what it is. This process is kind of like removing nail polish, you want to rub hard and fast so that alcohol doesn’t evaporate.
If you have any difficult to remove spots, try scraping them off with a new razor. Clumps of toothpaste or splatter marks can harden over time making it easier to just scrape them off versus working them out and trying to remove them by rubbing.
Now clean the window with cleaner and microfiber
Much like cleaning a window, you will want to now squirt your window cleaner on the mirror. A few spritzes should be enough. Start in one corner or edge of the mirror and work your way to the opposite diagonal angle making circular motions as you go. Work from one end to the other then drop down, ensuring that you don’t miss a spot as you go.
Move around and look for streaks
Look at your mirror from a number of angles. This will allow the light to reflect off of any streaks that you may have missed. If you find a streak, spray that area and buff it out in a circular pattern while imagining that you are dragging the streak to the closest end. If you find that you are having difficulties with streaks, then chances are that your cloth is too moist. Take a final look and buff out remaining small streaks by spritzing the smallest amount of window cleaner on a dry part of the cloth. The key is having the cloth almost completely dry. This should allow you to buff out and scuff marks, leaving you with a pristine and clear bathroom or makeup mirror.