When it comes to cleaning a mirror, often the first thing we do is reach for a bottle of Windex or commercial glass cleaner.
Sometimes you may not have any glass cleaner, or maybe you're just looking for a more natural option. Whatever the case, today we are going to discuss how to clean a mirror without Windex.
How to Clean a Mirror Without Windex
Wondering what you can use instead of glass cleaner?
The fact of the matter is that there are many ways to clean a mirror without using a glass cleaner you buy in a store. If you want to clean your windows naturally, you've come to the right place.
Glass cleaner isn't cheap, and let's face it it smells and is full of chemicals. Once I larked how to clean glass without glass cleaner, I never want back to th stuff I bought in a store.
The truth of the matter is that it could not be easier to make your own cleaning solution for windows and mirrors. Glass surfaces are notoriously tricky to clean and some how we've been convinced we can't get streak free mirrors without expensive commercial cleaner.
The great thing is that any of these other glass cleaning options will work on windows as well as mirrors.
Let's take a look at a couple of different ways you can accomplish this and get cleaner windows and mirrors much easier.
What can I use if I don't have Windex?
If you don't have Windex, you can use Vinegar or Rubbing alcohol to clean your mirrors and windows.
Let's take a more detailed look at how you can clean your mirrors naturally.
Clean Mirrors With Vinegar
White vinegar is cost effective, and something that we almost all have on hand all of the time.
To clean a mirror with vinegar simply add vinegar to a spray bottle and spray it on the mirror.
Is the smell too intense for you? No problem, you can also dilute the white vinegar.
I like to use a 50/50 mixture of Vinegar and water to make sure I am still getting the great cleaning power of vinegar.
Clean Mirror With Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is another great way to clean mirrors without Windex.
Like vinegar, it can be sprayed right onto the mirror, or diluted.
I like to stay at a 50/50 ratio of rubbing alcohol to water again to make sure my mirrors are getting really clean.
Make Your Own Homemade Mirror and Window Cleaner
While rubbing alcohol and vinegar are great and easy options for cleaning your mirrors, lets face it, they don't smell that great, especially vinegar if you've got a sensitive nose.
I found a great recipe for Homemade Glass Cleaner Without Vinegar on Get Green Be Well.
The great thing about this homemade glass cleaner recipe is that it adds essential oils to the mixture (no pun intended).
This allows you to tailor the smell (and power) of your glass cleaner to your preferences and likes.
This cleaner works very well. It uses mostly rubbing alcohol, essential oils, water, and a secret ingredient to make sure you can clean your mirrors without streaks.
Supplies for Cleaning Mirrors and Windows
Since we aren't using a commercial window cleaner, there are a couple of things we need to clean or mirrors with any of these methods:
First and foremost we need a cloth to clean our mirrors. The best cloths for cleaning mirrors are microfiber cloths.
Next, since we aren't using windex to clean mirrors and windows, we need a spray bottle to spray our mirrors. A light mist of whatever we use on our mirrors will help them stay streak free.
Finally, if we are going to be making our own mirror cleaner, we need some oils. Lemon and lavender are my two favorite oils for cleaning.
Whether you are out of windex, or just prefer not to use chemicals in your home, there are many different ways out there to clean your mirrors without them.
These are my three favorite ways since they are all relatively easy to get your hands on, and will not streak your windows.
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