Tip Tuesday | How to avoid streaky mirrors

Mirrors can be exhausting when cleaning them especially if you get those streaks across them that are tough to get off. Sometimes, no matter how carefully you clean, you’re still left with the impressions from where you last wiped.

Here are 3 easy ways to zap those streaks:

(1) Rubbing alcohol – Wet a cotton pad with it, and dab away these problem areas before you get cleaning. Pretreating the mirror before you wipe prevents spots from turning into streaks, leaving you with a sparkling surface.

(2) Vinegar –  simply mix 1 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of distilled water in a spray bottle, give it a good shake, and you’ll have the perfect potion for tackling smears, streaks, and smudges. Apply your mirror-cleaning mixture directly to your microfiber cloth instead of the reflective surface—to prevent the liquid from accumulating in the corners, making its way underneath the mirror, and causing more damage—and zig-zag back and forth down the entire length of the glass.

(3) Microfiber cloth – Contrary to popular belief, paper towels and newspapers do not make effective glass cleaners. In fact, they could complicate your cleaning quandary by leaving behind lint, dust, or even newsprint residue (as many papers today have switched from petroleum-based ink to one starring soy). So save the paper products for spills, and stock your cleaning closet with a few high-quality microfiber cloths—perhaps the best weapons for eliminating stubborn streaks. But stick to the thin ones: A flat-weave microfiber cloth works more efficiently than its thicker terrycloth cousin because it won’t hold any lint or other particles that could transfer to the mirror and contribute to streaks.