If you move houses a lot or went through a serious spring clean, you might find some old mirrors which are clouded over and no matter what you do, the layer just wouldn’t budge. Often these mirrors just get thrown out but what if the mirror holds some value or good memories?
The usual glass cleaners in stores only contain a small amount of vinegar which is perfect for daily cleaning but it will not work on cloudy mirrors.
Try out these three popular methods before deciding to chuck the mirror. As usual, before getting down on it, give the mirror a thorough wipe first to remove extra dust and grime. Protect mirror frames by covering with old towels.
The other items you’ll need are:
- A spray bottle
- A microfiber cloth or gloves to prevent lint leftovers
- Cotton buds to clean corners
1. Use White Vinegar
Vinegar is the go-to solution for most house cleaning duties. If you’re worried about the smell, rest assured it will fade off.
Step 1: Dilute the vinegar with equal parts of water into the spray bottle. Shake it to mix.
Step 2: Spray the vinegar on the mirror
Step 3: Buff the misted area with a microfiber cloth in circular motions.
Step 4: Continue spraying and buffing until the mirror sparkles.
Step 5: Once the cloudiness goes away, use the clean side of the microfiber cloth and wipe in vertical strokes followed by horizontal strokes for a streak-free finish.
2. Use Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is a powerful sanitizer so get a microfiber glove if your skin is sensitive. The rubbing alcohol should be about 70 % so it can clean out sticky residue.
Step 1: Dilute rubbing alcohol with equal parts of water into the spray bottle. Shake to mix.
Step 2: Spray the solution directly on the mirror and buff in a circular motion.
Step 3: Continue spraying and buffing until the cloudiness clears.
3. Use a DIY mirror cleaner
This is the last option if the white vinegar and rubbing alcohol did not work on your mirror. For this method, the white vinegar and rubbing alcohol are mixed together. Cornstarch is a good oil and grease absorber so that’s the additional ingredient.
Adding a few drops of essential oil to the mix to banish any odd odours is optional.
What you need:
- Cornstarch – 1 tablespoon
- Rubbing alcohol – ¼ cup
- White vinegar – ¼ cup
- Water in spray bottle – 2 cups
- Orange essential oil (optional) – 8 to 10 drops
- Microfiber glove or cloth
Step 1: Make the DIY cleaning agent.
- Pour 2 cups of water and ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol into the spray bottle. Use a funnel to avoid spillage.
- Add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to it.
- Pour in ¼ cup of white vinegar to the mix.
- Add in 8 to 10 drops of essential oil (optional)
- Screw the nozzle back on and give it a shake to mix.
Step 2: Spray the cleaner on stubborn cloudiness.
Step 3: Buff the misted area with a microfiber cloth in circular motion.
Step 4: Continue the process until the mirror looks clear.
Step 5: Finish by wiping with the clean side of the microfiber cloth. For a streak-free finish, wipe first in vertical strokes followed by horizontal strokes.
Use shaving cream (not gel) to keep mirrors from becoming foggy longer.
And there we have it! Sparkling mirrors! It wasn’t that difficult, was it?