How to Clean a Bathroom Mirror


I was fed up. I had only cleaned my bathroom mirror about 30 minutes ago, but as I approached the bathroom I could see the tell-tale marks of streaks across what I had previously thought was a spotless shiny mirror surface. What was I doing wrong? Why didn’t I know something as simple as how to clean a bathroom mirror?

Though my intentions were good it turns out, somewhat embarrassingly, that I was going about cleaning the bathroom mirror entirely the wrong me. In my naivety I had thought that simple wetting a cloth and wiping down the glass would be good enough, but unless you want your looking glass to look like the sort of blurred mess that you see someone’s face become when they don’t want to be seen on TV then you’re going to have to approach the act of cleaning it properly.

The solution came in the form of vinegar. No, I didn’t just sit down and have some chips instead of cleaning (although I really wanted to), instead I used white vinegar to get a result from my cleaning that would highlight every single imperfection on my face and make me realise that I really needed to get more sleep.

Here’s what you need:

  • Tom’s super-fantastic cleaning solution E.g A mixture of 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water poured into a spray bottle
  • Gloves (unfortunately I only had pink, but as pink is quite obviously the sign of a proper bloke I slipped them on anyway)
  • A glass cleaning cloth. You want one with a flat weave as this dries quicker, helps reduce streaks and won’t cling to debris and spread it around the mirror.
  • A bottle of rubbing alcohol and some cotton pads (makeup removal pads help).

Now you’re all set, approach your mirror like a cowboy approaching his opponent. Bonus points are awarded if you attach your spray bottle to your belt.

You’ll want to start from the top, spraying as you go along rather than spraying the entire mirror to begin with. Fold the cloth into a flat even quarter and work your way down the glass in a zig-zig wiping motion. Make sure you’re covering the entire area when wiping, but try not to wipe up or down as you may end up causing streaks.

The problem you can have is thinking a mirror is clean when it actually isn’t. When you view the mirror from straight on its hard to see if there are any streaks leftover from your attempt, so stand at a 45 degree angle when there’s enough light in the room to be absolutely sure that all the streaks and mark on your mirror are gone.

What do you do about those stubborn sticky stains that won’t come off with a simple wipe?

To get rid of stains like toothpaste or hairspray marks you’ll need to leave them until you’ve finished wiping the entire surface of the mirror. After you’re done get the rubbing alcohol and apply it to the cotton pad. Use this cotton pad to wipe at the stains and you should find they come off with ease.

What about getting tape off my bathroom mirror?

Ignoring the question of why that tape is on there in the first place, you’ll have to get a little more inventive. If the tape has been on the glass for a while then simply peeling it off will be hard. You also don’t want to start scraping it off as you could damage the surface of the glass. Instead you can apply some vegetable oil or WD-40 on to the tape and leave it to soak for a few minutes. Afterwards I simply use a small knife to lift up a corner of the tape (be careful not to end up scratching the glass) and then peel the rest off.

That’s about it. It’s simple, isn’t it? I have no idea why I couldn’t do it in the first place but I guess you live and you learn.

We’ll have more bathroom cleaning topics coming up over the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled!