How to clean a Mirror

Easy, effective and chemical-free ways to clean a mirror, removing all fingerprints and toothpaste marks to leave a sparkling and streak-free surface.

Fingerprints, toothpaste splatter and streaks on a dirty mirror can be very irritating, but I have a few very quick solutions to help you have a beautifully clean mirror. Continue reading for my quick tips on how to clean a mirror.

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There are a few different approaches I take to get wonderfully clean and streak-free mirrors, and all of them are super simple!

1. Homemade Mirror Cleaner

Use equal parts of the following:

  • white vinegar
  • water

Pour each into a spray bottle.  Use a paper towel or clean micro fibre cloth.

  1. Spray the vinegar/water solution all over your mirror. A few squirts is plenty as you do not want to soak the mirror.
  2. Fold your cloth in quarters, wipe the mirror from top to bottom in a zig zag motion.
  3. Fold your cloth over to use a clean/dry quarter, and wipe again to buff.
  4. Stand back and check that you have picked up all dirt and dust.

NOTE: If you have stubborn streaks use pure white vinegar to remove the build up on the glass, then follow the steps above. Remember to spray and wipe quickly (don’t spray and walk away) to avoid dirtying the mirror further with water stains.

2. Natural Store-Bought Glass Cleaner

If my mirrors are really dirty, this plant-based glass cleaner helps cut through the extra grime with minimal elbow grease. The peppermint oil in this cleaner also smells great and acts as a natural insect deterrent too.

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3. Mirror-Cleaning Tools

A really quick and easy way to keep your mirrors clean is to regularly use these Glass and Window Eco Cloths. Simply add water and the microfibres will do the rest to clean and buff your mirrors, leaving you with lovely streak-free and shiny surfaces.

Another great option for larger mirrors (and shower screens too!) is to use this Window Squeegee. I especially like to use this on the bathroom mirrors after a steamy shower – they come up a treat!

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How to clean a mirror

Fingerprints, toothpaste splatter and steaks on a dirty mirror can be very irritating, but I have a very quick solution to help you have a beautifully clean mirror.

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Susan September 14, 2016 - 12:50 PM

I am hoping you meant “streaks” on the mirror. (Fingerprints, toothpaste splatter and steaks on a dirty mirror can be very irritating). I’m trying to imagine the steaks sticking to the mirror. Ha ha. 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 14, 2016 - 3:23 PM

ooh no, yes streaks…… steaks on the mirror, could be a new look 🙂

Tasha August 5, 2020 - 6:14 PM

I can imagine me and my cat doing tug of war on steak and it flew off on the mirror – that’s hilarious.

Kate Lloyd September 17, 2016 - 10:06 PM

I’m adding this to my to do list for tomorrow. Thanks Kat.

Tracie September 22, 2016 - 7:49 PM

Hi Kat, do you have a hint on how to keep the mirror from fogging up from the shower?

Kim September 22, 2016 - 8:46 PM

I’m looking for a quick easy but great way to clean my vanity unit

Lila & Huxley May 30, 2017 - 1:07 PM

This should be taught in school so our kids can clean their own (mouth, nose, finger) marks off! 😉

Bill October 14, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Some Water/Metho solution helps with anti fogging.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 18, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Great tip! Thank you 🙂 Kat

Karla June 6, 2020 - 2:41 AM

Thanks so much !! It works

Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 10, 2020 - 2:19 PM

Happy to hear this Karla! And you’re very welcome 🙂

Tasha August 5, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Hi Kat, I checked Koala Eco’s site and I’m impressed by their product reviews. Sadly they only ship in your country, Australia.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 6, 2020 - 1:24 PM

Tasha we sell HEAPS of Koala Eco products in The Organised Housewife shop… and we definitely post to New Zealand! Check them out here.


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