Mirror, mirror on the wall, how can I clean you best of all?

Looking in the mirror, only to find a streaky finish gazing lovingly back at you? Tired of trying to wipe smudges off your face only to realize it’s something on the mirror’s surface you just can’t get off? We’ve got your solution. Grab a clean, dry cloth and get your cleaning spirit ready for the following easy steps:


  1. Mix 1/3 cup clear ammonia in 1 gallon warm water. Apply with a sponge, or pour the solution into a spray container, and spray it directly on the mirror. Buff gently with your clean, dry, lint-free cloth, chamois, or paper towel. Vinegar is a great substitute for ammonia if you are concerned about children and/or pets getting into your cleaning supplies.
  2. Pour white vinegar into a bowl or pan, grab yesterday’s newspaper, crumple up a section or two, dip it into the vinegar, and apply to the mirror’s surface. Wipe the glass vigorously several times with the newspaper until the mirror is close to being dry. Finish up by shining the mirror with a clean, soft cloth or dry newspaper. This is a great natural solution that recycles old newspaper and won’t be dangerous for kids or pets. 
  3. Mix 2 cups isopropyl rubbing alcohol (70 percent solution) – you can pick this up at any drug store in the first aid section, 2 tbsps. liquid dishwashing detergent, and 2 cups water. Stir the solution until well-mixed, and pour into a spray bottle. Spray directly on the smudged mirror. Buff gently with a lint-free cloth, chamois, or paper towel.

Now take a look in the mirror and enjoy your streak-free view! Need more tips? We’re loving the TLC website for great how-tos and DIY tips. Check them out here: http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home

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