Your Glass Cleaning Guide: Mirrors And Windows

Caring for your glass doesn’t just mean preventing scratches and cracks – it means keeping your surfaces free of dust, fingerprints and other grime. If you have kids, pets or just have a busy lifestyle, you know how easy it is for glass surfaces to collect messes – handprints gather on tabletops and doors, nose prints on windows and toothpaste on mirrors. If you are completing your spring cleaning this month, be sure to look to these surfaces. Unless you are wiping them down weekly, they can get that “foggy” look very quickly.

Did you know that there are dozens of different methods for keeping your mirrors, windows and other glass surfaces clean? While most people might choose to reach for the standard glass cleaner and paper towel combination, there are many other options to choose from based on your personal preference and needs.

For example, if you have children or pets who are sensitive to cleaners, a DIY 50/50 solution of vinegar and water will keep your surfaces streak-free without any chemicals. You can reuse an empty cleaner spray bottle, or purchase a new one to store with your other supplies.

If you are an environmentally conscious homeowner looking to reduce your waste, you may not feel great about using paper towels each time you want to remove a few fingerprints. Another option is to invest in quality glass-cleaning microfiber clothes that you can wash and reuse again and again without compromising quality. You can also try a less common method: recycling old newspapers. This method works great with vinegar-based DIY cleaners, but you may not want to use it on more expensive pieces to avoid scratches.

Whatever your method is, having clean windows and mirrors can make all of the difference in a home (especially if you are a fan of selfies), and should be a part of your weekly cleaning routine.