DIY: Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall
I have a mirror hanging in my living room that catches my eye every time I walk by it. But it's not the lines on the mirror that I notice, but rather the streaks of film that I have been unable to remove since shortly after hanging it (four+ years ago). I've tried several glass cleaners and different types of materials to clean it - a rag, microfiber cloth, newspaper. But to no avail.
Since I've been anxious to try out some home cleaning remedies as a replacement for some of the toxic ones I regularly purchase, and equally anxious to get this mirror clean once and for all, I got to work on my testing lab. After all, store bought cleaners can be expensive, full of chemicals I'd rather live without, and in the case of this mirror, ineffective.
I had read several different posts that reference the power of Distilled White Vinegar. Most of these posts said to mix with equal parts water, but one said just use it straight. Always eager to take the simplest route, I grabbed a clean rag, poured some of the vinegar onto the end, and tried a spot on the mirror.
While I don't have a great before and after shot to show you, I can tell you that what had once been an eyesore, simply wiped clean. I was thrilled to share the news with my family - insisting that they come take a look right away.
While I'm not sure that they shared my enthusiasm (or that my husband had even noticed that mirror prior to that afternoon), I do know that they thought it looked sparkling clean. The only thing reflected in the mirror was my glee-filled face, dreaming of becoming the next Heloise.
Feeling inspired by the success I had with the mirror, I moved onto the kitchen. My stainless steel refrigerator is usually covered in streaks - water marks from the ice maker/water dispenser - and various hand prints from the four inmates that live with us. And while the stainless steel sprays are pretty good, I often can't get it perfectly streak-free.
So what's the solution? Olive oil. Yes, that's all. Dab some olive oil on a soft cloth, wipe into the streaks, and then buff clean with a dry cloth. That's it. So easy, cheap, and chances are, you already have a bottle of olive oil in your cupboards.