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Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Your Bathroom Mirror

Due to its daily use, your bathroom mirror may be one of the most difficult surfaces to keep clean in your home. The good news is that you can keep it sparkling clean with just a minute or two of maintenance each day. For tougher buildup or hard-to-remove debris, you may need to use a bit more elbow grease to restore the mirror's shine.

Spots from fingerprints, toothpaste, and hairspray may steal your bathroom mirror's beauty, and if you don't clean them off on a regular basis, they may build up and look unsightly. It's easier to wipe them away daily than to wait until you're expecting guests and then have to use harsher cleaning agents to get the job done.

You can use items that you already have, such as vinegar and newspapers, to clean your bathroom mirrors. While you can also use products that are especially designed for use on mirrors, it may not always be necessary. 

Here are some tips and tricks for getting a streak-free bathroom mirror:

Use glass cleaner or vinegar daily

At least once a day, use an all-purpose glass cleaner to wipe away sticky fingerprints and spotting caused by beauty and personal hygiene products. Simply spray a small, even amount of the cleaner over the surface, and then wipe it away with a clean flat-weave microfiber cloth. Choosing a flat-weave cloth will reduce the amount of lint left behind on the glass. 

When wiping away the product, start at the top left corner and move the cloth in a back-and-forth motion all the way down to the bottom of the mirror. Use one long zig-zag motion to prevent streaking. You can fold the cloth in half to create two clean surfaces when wiping down larger bathroom mirrors.

As an alternative to a commercial glass cleaner, you can use an eco- and budget-friendly vinegar solution, which will easily cut through greasy fingerprints. Mix one part distilled white vinegar to two parts cool water in a plastic spray bottle and use it in the same manner. 

Use microfiber and alcohol weekly

Once a week or more, depending on your preference, polish your bathroom mirrors for a sparkling shine. After cleaning the glass, moisten a soft microfiber cloth with rubbing alcohol and move it over the surface in the same zigzag pattern. The alcohol will also disinfect the mirrors as an added bonus. 

Another shine-inducing trick you can try is buffing the clean mirrors with the newspaper. Crumple up a page or two of newspaper, moisten it with water, and then rub it over the mirror in a circular motion.Follow up with a dry piece of newspaper, buffing away the moisture until the glass shines.