15 Mirror Cleaning Hacks That Will Make Your Mirrors Sparkle

If you are looking for the best mirror cleaning hacks to give you sparkling streak-free mirrors, you are certainly in the right place!

I've gathered my top mirror cleaning hacks from personal experience, TikTok, Instagram, and friends.

The best part about these hacks is that they typically use common household items that are budget-friendly and easy to find.

I hope you find a hack that that leaves your mirrors sparkling just the way you want them.

Hack #1 - E Cloth

If you want a truly streak-free mirror, my go-to solution is the E-cloth. If you're a regular reader of this blog, you already know this.

E-Cloth

The E-cloth is a microfibre cloth duo, one waffle cloth and one glass cloth.

The waffle cloth cleans and the glass cloth shines your mirrors.

It is lint-free and highly absorbent, so it can quickly and easily remove dirt, smudges, and fingerprints without leaving any streaks.

I've been using the E-cloth for a few years now, and I'm still impressed with its performance.

Here's how to use the E-cloth to clean your mirrors:

  • Dampen the waffle cloth with water.
  • Wring out the excess water.
  • Wipe the mirror in a circular motion.
  • Buff the mirror with the glass cloth.

It gives me the perfect streak-free shine on my mirrors every single time.

SEE IT IN ACTION HERE

 

If you don't have the E-Cloth where you live, simply order a textured microfibre cloth and a glass cloth. It will do the same job.

Hack #2- Hand Sanitiser

This was a hack I discovered accidentally when I was in a hurry to clean my son's dirty mirror which was covered with grease and his cute little finger prints.

I simply grabbed the sanitiser spray I had sitting in his wardrobe and a piece of cloth I had lying around-it wasn't even a microfiber cloth and the mirrors were clean and streak free.

I couldn't believe it. 

If you would like to try out this hack:

  • Spray the hand sanitiser on the surface of the mirror. If using gel, apply a small amount directly to a microfiber cloth
  • Wipe over quickly in an "S" pattern from top to bottom. do it quickly before it evaporates
  • Go over it again with the dry side of the cloth

Hand sanitiser, like rubbing alcohol is a great option for cleaning mirrors because it is readily available, affordable, and easy to use.

It can be such a useful hack if you are in a pinch. 

Hack #3- Toothpaste Hack 

Toothpaste is not just for cleaning teeth. It's also a handy tool for cleaning mirrors. 

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Here's how to use toothpaste to clean your mirrors effectively:

  • Apply a small amount of toothpaste to a wet cloth or sponge 
  • Wipe the mirror with the cloth  so that the mirror is covered with the water and toothpaste 
  • Let the mirror dry until you can see the toothpaste residue
  • Buff out the toothpaste with the dry cloth until the mirror looks streak free

Overall, toothpaste is a great hack for cleaning mirrors and helping prevent fog.

Give it a try and see the difference for yourself.

Hack #4 - Swiffer Mop Hack

If you have tall mirrors or and are having trouble reaching the top of the mirror, this Swiffer mop hack is about to be your favourite hack of all! 

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To use the Swiffer mop for mirror cleaning, all you need is a microfiber cloth.

  • Wet a lint-free cloth and attach it to a Swiffer
  • Spray your favourite mirror or window cleaner on to the surface 
  • Clean the top of your mirrors with ease. 

Enjoy your clean mirrors!

Hack #5 - WD40 for Rust on Edges

One common issue with mirrors is rust on the edges. This can happen due to moisture getting into the backing of the mirror.

If you have this problem, don't worry, there's a simple solution: WD40.

This hack is especially useful for when you have rusty mirrors that you are not ready to replace.

Here's how:

  1. Spray a small amount of WD40 on the rusted area.
  2. Wait for a few minutes and use a brush to loosen the rust
  3. Use a damp cloth to gently wipe away the rust.

It's important to note that while WD40 is a great rust remover, it will not restore the mirrors reflective property and the rust you remove will now look like clear glass. 

Hack #6 - Homemade Glass Cleaner

For those who prefer homemade cleaners, a DIY glass and mirror cleaner recipe is a great alternative.

You can make your own cleaner with simple ingredients you have at home.

To make your own you'll need:

  • 1 cup of distilled water
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol

To use:

  • Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well before use. 
  • Spray the solution onto the glass or mirror and wipe it clean with a dry microfiber or glass cloth. 

The vinegar breaks down dirt, whilst the alcohol allows it evaporate quickly for a  streak-free shine.

If you want it scented, you can add a few drops of essential oils like lavender or peppermint to the mixture.

Hack #7 - Shaving Foam For Fog-Free Mirrors

This shaving foam hack has literally exploded on the internet and for good reason- it works.

If you hate foggy mirrors after a shower and want to be able to see yourself in the mirror after a steamy shower, this hack is for you.


You get the added benefit of a clean mirror too. 

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Here's how to do it:

  1. Apply a very small amount of shaving foam to a dry microfiber cloth or dry cloth.
  2. Rub the shaving foam onto the mirror in a circular motion.
  3. Let the shaving foam sit for a few seconds.
  4. Wipe the shaving foam off the mirror with a dry microfiber towel or dry cloth.
  5. Buff again with another dry microfiber cloth to avoid having a streaky mirror

Be sure to but shaving foam or gel and not shaving cream. Also be careful not to use too much shaving foam else it will be difficult to get it off.

Shaving foam really helps prevent water droplets from forming on the mirror after a shower. 

Hack #8 - Dish Soap and Squeegee

I tell people all the time that the best way to clean a mirror and glass surfaces is by using dish soap and a squeegee. This hack is perfect for those who want a quick and easy solution that works every single time.

To start:

  • Mix a small amount of dish soap with warm water in a bowl. Dip a sponge into the soapy water and use it to wash the mirror thoroughly. Make sure to cover the entire surface of the mirror as you clean.
  • Next, use a squeegee ins an "S" motion or a zig-zag motion , making sure to wipe the squeegee blade after each pass.
  • If you missed any spot, go over it with a glass cloth 

Using dish soap and a squeegee is a quick and easy way to clean your mirrors without leaving behind any streaks or smudges.

Plus, it is an affordable and eco-friendly alternative to harsh chemical cleaners.

Hack #9 - Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a versatile cleaning agent that can be used to clean a variety of surfaces, including mirrors. 

Here's how to use it to clean your mirrors:

  1. First, gather your supplies. You will need a spray bottle, hydrogen peroxide, and a dry microfiber cloth.

  2. Pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and spray it onto your mirror. Let it sit for a few seconds. 

  3. Wipe the mirror in an "S" pattern  with a dry microfiber cloth.

The best part about using hydrogen peroxide to clean your mirrors is that it is a natural and non-toxic cleaner. 

Hack #10 - Antifog Spray

Another hack to prevent your mirror from getting fogged up after a shower is anti-fog spray.

Although they are made for cars, who says we can't use it in the bathroom as well? 

It works by creating a thin layer on the surface of the mirror that repels moisture, preventing it from condensing and forming fog.

See it in action in this video I filmed:

To use antifog spray:

  • Spray a small amount onto the surface of the mirror and wipe it down with a clean cloth. 
  • Make sure to cover the entire surface of the mirror, as any missed spots can still fog up.

One of the great things about antifog spray is that it is easy to find and relatively inexpensive.

You can buy it at most home improvement stores or online.

Another benefit of antifog spray is that it can also be used on other surfaces, such as car windows and eyeglasses. 

Hack #11 - Mrs Hinch Miracle Mirror Cleaner

Mrs Hinch, the cleaning sensation with close to 5 million Instagram followers, shared a hack for cleaning bathroom mirrors and other reflective surfaces. 

To achieve streak free mirrors, Mrs Hinch recommends using an unusual car cleaning product called "AutoGlym Fast Glass".

This cleaner which is designed to be used on cars is a great all-rounder that can be used to clean windows, mirrors, perspex and glass. 

Although pricy at £7, Mrs Hinch's fans have been raving about this hack, with many reporting that it has transformed their mirrors and made them look brand new again. 

To use:

  • Spray on the surface of your mirror
  • Wipe with a dry microfiber cloth

So, whether you're a Mrs Hinch fan or just looking for a new cleaning hack to try, give this one a go and see the difference it can make!

Hack #12 - S Pattern

One tried and tested method for achieving a streak-free mirror is to use the "S" pattern. To do this, you will need two cloths - one wet with dish soap and the other dry.

Start by drawing a long S pattern in the centre of the mirror with the soapy cloth. 

Then, using the dry cloth, Wipe in a wider S pattern. You'll see the liquid of the mirror dry and leave no streaks. 

To make this hack even more effective, it is important to use high-quality microfiber cloths or glass cloths for a streak-free finish. 

Hack #13 - Newspaper

This method has been around for a long time and is still popular today. It is a simple and inexpensive way to achieve a clear reflection on the mirror.

  • Take a sheet of newspaper and crumple it up tightly. 
  • Spray the mirror with a mirror or glass cleaner or your choice.
  • Use the crumpled newspaper to wipe the mirror in a circular motion. 
  • Fold the newspaper on the drier side and buff over the mirror
  • Enjoy your sparkly, streak free mirror

Next time you need to clean your mirrors, give this hack a try and see the results for yourself!

Hack #14 - Paper Coffee Filters

If you want a streak free mirror with no lint in sight, this coffee filter hack is about to become your go to solution. 

To use:

  • Spray the mirror with your favourite cleaner 
  • Take a coffee filter and wipe the mirror in a circular motion. 
  • Grab another filter and buff over the mirror
  • You'll be so impressed by how streak free your mirror is

So, next time you need to clean your mirrors, reach for a coffee filter and enjoy a crystal-clear reflection.

Hack #15 - Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is an excellent choice for cleaning mirrors.


I am not surprised because it is actually a powerful degreaser which will easily remove dust and prints from your mirrors. 

To use rubbing alcohol for your mirrors, you will need: rubbing alcohol, and a clean microfiber cloth.

  • Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle
  • Spray generously on the surface of the mirror
  • Wipe quickly in an "S" pattern from top to bottom before it evaporates
  • Remember to use a clean microfiber cloth and avoid using paper towels as they will transfer lint

I hope you enjoyed these 15 mirror cleaning hacks that will make your mirrors sparkle!

These hacks are simple and inexpensive, and they use common household items that you probably already have on hand.

So, next time you need to clean your mirrors, give one of these hacks a try and see the difference!

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Hey there! I am Torera, a home care and cleaning enthusiast with a mission to make cleaning as fun and easy as possible for women like you. As someone who had to learn everything from scratch, I have the mindset of a beginner and know exactly how to take you from A to Z. Let us ditch the overwhelm and create a space that is clean, cozy, and totally you!