How to Clean Foggy Car Side Mirrors Naturally with Vinegar

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The last thing you need on your morning drive to work is for you to notice that your car side mirrors are foggy. If the glass on the side mirror is dirty, it’s difficult to see through it, which could lead to potential hazards while driving. 

Fortunately, you can easily clean foggy car side mirrors with vinegar and a few other household items that are easy to find. 

Here are all the things you need as well as instructions for how to clean foggy car side mirrors naturally with vinegar in just a matter of minutes!

Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Microfiber cloths or sponge (to clean with)
  • Paper towels (to dry with)


  1. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Shake well.
  2. Spray the solution on the mirror surface and let it sit for a minute or two.
  3. Use a microfiber cloth or soft sponge to clean the mirror.
  4. Rinse with water.
  5. Dry with another cloth or paper towel.

Why Use Vinegar to Clean Side Mirrors?

Vinegar is a great cleaner because it’s cheap, effective, and natural.

Vinegar is an acid that can dissolve dirt and grime. It’s also antiseptic (which means it kills bacteria), disinfectant (which means it kills germs), and deodorizer.

Vinegar can be used to clean mirrors without scratching them or damaging the glass surface. The acetic acid in vinegar acts as a mild abrasive to loosen dirt from your car’s side mirrors so you don’t need to scrub as hard!

Benefits of Having Clean Side Mirrors

The benefits of having clean side mirrors are many. It’s common knowledge that being able to see the road is an important part of safe driving.

If you have foggy or hazy side mirrors, it makes it difficult to spot cars, pedestrians, debris, and other obstacles behind you while driving. 

Clean side mirrors help us see our blind spots better while driving. 

How Often Should You Clean Your Side Mirrors?

The frequency of your side mirror cleaning will depend on a number of factors, including where you live, the weather, and how often you drive. To most people, cleaning once a week is enough. 

If you live in a place where it’s dusty or rains all the time, it’s likely that the mirrors will need to be cleaned more often. You should always check the condition of your side mirrors before driving. 


Now you have a natural solution to clean your car side mirrors. With some effort and a little vinegar, you can get them sparkling in no time.

If you’re looking for more car cleaning tips, see my article on How To Clean Car Headlights Fast & Easily With Baking Soda.

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-Baking Soda Guy  

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