After a phone, a mirror tends to be what we see the most in a day. Yeah, some of us like to check ourselves now and then. And it’s certainly not a bad thing. It’s good to shower thyself with some love in this cruel world.
But let me tell you a thing. If you’re not confident about looking yourself in the mirror, then it’s not you! It’s the mirror. Clean your mirror because you don’t want to see a beauty like you in a dirty mirror.
Apart from that, if the rest of your house is squeaky clean, a dirty mirror can ruin the whole ambiance. Don’t be disheartened. We won’t let you go through this pain.
Cleaning a mirror isn’t a difficult task. But having that newly bought effect all the time can be tough. And it’s hard to maintain. Don’t you worry? Here are some techniques to achieve a squeaky clean mirror.
Things that you’ll need:
- Cloth (microfiber cloth is preferable)
- Glass cleaner
- Some cotton
- Rubbing alcohol
Traditional Cleaning Method
Step 1: The stubborn stains
Every mirror has some stubborn stains. Some streaks which don’t want to come off. Before applying the glass cleaner, you would want to take off those streaks at first. This will make your job a lot easy.
So at first, use some rubbing alcohol into your cotton ball. Place it on the stain and leave it for a few minutes. Slowly rub that. The strains will automatically come off.
Step 2: Glass cleaner
Apply the glass cleaner into the mirror. Most of us tend to get overboard while spraying the glass cleaner. Because we think the more product, we’ll lather on the mirror the filter it will look.
But trust me, that’s not the case. If you spray too much product, it will cause you more hassle. So sprinkle a moderate amount of product.
Step 3: Folding the cloth
Okay, so this is an art. It’s a pretty fun technique. Fold your fabric into half and then fold that half into another half. In this way, you’ll have four clean sides.
Step 4: Downward motion
Use a downward motion while wiping the product. This will give you the cleanest outcome possible. Go from left to right first and then downwards as this will provide you with the neat squeaky effect.
This is the traditional method of cleaning the bathroom mirror. But some of us feel hesitant when it comes to storing bought glass cleaners. In this case, you can make a glass cleaner at your home. And it’s super easy.
Take a gallon of warm water mix ⅓ cup of ammonia or white vinegar. Whichever you find, for easy use, pour the solution into a spindrift bottle. If you don’t have a spindrift bottle, you can store it into regular containers. In that case, you can apply a sponge, pour some solution in the sponge, and use it as an applicator.
Take 2 cups of isopropyl rubbing alcohol into 2 cups of water. Mix 2 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap. Stir the mixture properly. Make sure everything is nicely combined. You can spray this solution directly in the mirror.
These DIY sprays are harmless for the environment of your house. You can make them with minimal effort.
Besides the traditional method, there are some unconventional methods. You can use them as well.
Lemon juice carries citric acid, which is a brightening agent. Most people use it on the skin. But you’ll be surprised to know that nothing can work better than lemon juice if you have a greasy mirror.
Squeeze some lemon juice into a bowl. Apply a cotton ball and implement the liquid into the mirror. Leave it for a few seconds, then wipe it off with a dry cloth. You’ll have a beautiful mirror after that.
Yes, you read it right! Face tonic can be used as a glass cleaner. If you need to clean your mirror urgently and don’t have any filter with you, use your face tonic. Pour some face tonic into a cotton pad and wipe the mirror with that.
Liquid bleach is often used for brightening clothes, but you can use them to clean your mirror. Take a cloth, make sure it’s clean.
Pour some liquid bleach on the clean cloth and clean the mirror thoroughly. You don’t have to rub the mirror with water after that.
Lather some toothpaste over your bathroom mirror. Wait until the paste is dried. It should take about 30 minutes. After it’s dried, take a damp clean cloth and wipe the toothpaste. Polish it off by wiping it with a dry cloth.
There are some things that you shouldn’t while cleaning your bathroom mirrors. Some sites might suggest to them, but these methods tend to ruin your mirror rather than cleaning it.
Don’t use newspapers
A lot of sites suggest using old newspapers as a tool. But don’t do this as they’ll slowly scratch your mirror. Also, the ink used in the paper leaves a residue.
Some of us use a paper towel instead of clothes. When you use a paper towel after using a liquid, they tend to turn mushy and leave a residue. So when it dries out, it looks like dust. No point, right. You don’t want to make your mirror look even dirtier after cleaning.
Post shower wiping
Do not wipe a steamed mirror. Often we clean the mirror immediately coming out of the shower. Don’t do it. Let the mirror dry out completely and then wipe using a glass cleaner.
These are the small things that you should keep in mind. Choose the way you like and follow the instructions correctly. It’s not that tough, trust me. You’ll have the perfect mirror in your bathroom.
After cleaning, look in the mirror from different angles so that you don’t miss out on any spot. Your mirror should look brand new after this.