How to Clean Mirrors with Vinegar

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Cleaning mirrors might be the last thing on your mind, but it’s a vital component of keeping your home clean and clear. A streaky mirror isn’t only annoying to look at, it can also be a distraction when you’re using it to check your hair or apply makeup. 

Fortunately, with a little know-how and the right supplies, you can get rid of streaks and make your mirror shine again. Vinegar is an excellent choice for cleaning mirrors. It’s safe, inexpensive, and effective.

In this article, I’ll show you how to clean mirrors by using vinegar.

Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Microfiber cloth (or a rag)
  • Clean cloth
  • Spray bottle


  1. In a spray bottle, mix equal parts of water and white vinegar. Shake well.
  2. Spray the mirror with the vinegar solution, and let it sit for a few minutes.
  3. Wipe the mirror with a microfiber cloth or rag to remove any residue from the spray.
  4. Rinse with water to remove excess vinegar solution. 
  5. Dry the mirror with a clean cloth.

What’s the Best Kind of Vinegar to Use for Cleaning Mirrors?

Vinegar comes in many different forms, and not all of them are created equal when it comes to cleaning mirrors. The best type of vinegar to use for this purpose is distilled white vinegar. This is the most common kind of vinegar and can be found at just about any grocery store.

Because distilled white vinegar has been boiled down to remove impurities, it’s the purest form available commercially. This means that it has higher acidity than other vinegar—an important quality when cleaning glass surfaces like mirrors!

What about all those fancy varieties? If you have access to ciders and wine vinegar, these are fine substitutes for distilled white vinegar if that’s what you prefer. But keep in mind that they’re more expensive and may contain additional preservatives or flavorings that could interfere with their ability to clean properly.

Why Use Vinegar to Clean Mirrors?

  • Vinegar is a natural cleaner. It’s made from water and alcohol, so it’s a good cleaning agent in its own right.
  • Vinegar is cheap, easy to find, and safe to use. It doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals that could damage your mirror or other surfaces you’re cleaning.

Why Is Vinegar Effective in Cleaning Mirrors?

Vinegar is a natural cleanser that cuts through grease and grime, so it’s an effective solution for removing gunk from mirrors. Vinegar also has a mildly acidic pH of about 2.4—not as acidic as lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide, but still enough to break down the gunk on your mirror. That same mild acidity makes vinegar a great cleaner for glassware, floors, and walls in addition to windows or mirrors.

Vinegar has natural disinfectant properties because of its naturally occurring acetic acid, which can kill germs on hard surfaces around your house—including mirrors! Oh yeah: It works as a deodorizer too since it stops odors at their source by killing the bacteria that cause them. So you hit two birds with one stone.

How Often Should You Clean Your Mirror?

You should clean your mirror at least once a week.

But you don’t have to wait a week to clean your mirror. If you notice it starts to get a bit dirty, start spraying and wiping.


I hope you’ll give this method of cleaning mirrors a try. If you follow these tips to clean your mirrors using vinegar, I guarantee that they will sparkle like never before! 

The best part is how easily available and affordable it is when compared with other cleaners on the market today.

So, try this as an all-natural way of cleaning your mirror without worrying about what chemicals might lurk inside those expensive name-brand products!

If you’re looking for more cleaning tips, see my article on How to Clean Tile Grout with Hydrogen Peroxide.

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

-Baking Soda Guy

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