Around my house, cleaning mirrors is one of my top cleaning priorities, especially the bathroom mirrors. There just isn’t much fun about trying to apply makeup or floss my teeth when the mirror is coated in water marks, fingerprints, or overspray from hair products.
In the interest of helping us all have cleaner mirrors, let’s talk about the best way to clean mirrors without streaks . Because there is a better way!
The best mirror cleaning tip I have for you today is to be sure you are using the right tool for the job. Paper towels are not that tool. If you don’t have any microfiber cleaning cloths, try these you can buy at Amazon. They leave a streak-free, lint-free finish and are definitely the right tool to use when cleaning mirrors.
- Grab some rubbing alcohol and a few cotton pads. Dip a pad in the alcohol and use it to spot clean any really dirty areas on the mirror, such as toothpaste splatters or overspray from your hairspray bottle. Work quickly, because rubbing alcohol dries extremely fast.
- Once your spot cleaning is done, it’s time to clean the entire surface of the mirror. Make sure you have your microfiber cloth handy. Fold it in fourths so that you can flip it around and refold it several times for a continually clean surface as you work.
- Lightly mist the mirror with your favorite glass cleaner.
- Start at the top of the mirror and work your way to the bottom. Simultaneously work the cloth from left to right over the mirror. Think of an “S” curve. As needed, flip the cloth over to keep a clean and dry part of the cloth working over your mirror. This will help eliminate streaks.
- If needed, have an extra microfiber cloth to buff the surface completely dry.
A good rule of thumb is to double-check the surface by standing at a 45-degree angle to the mirror. Any dirty or streaky spots that remain will show up. Touch those up with a fresh cloth, and another pass with the rubbing alcohol as needed.