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Green Mirror Cleaner -- Using Old Newspapers!

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I got this great trick from my dear friend Cori. It's her favorite green cleaning trick -- she actually describes it as "life changing". She uses newspaper and water to clean her mirrors and windows. The newspaper takes off all the smudges, dirt, makeup etc. and doesn't leave any streaks behind. Easy eco cleaning, for the win!!
Time: 2 Minutes Cost: $1 Difficulty: Easy
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
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I balled up some leftover newspaper pieces and grabbed a spray bottle full of water.
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This mirror looks like it's had some teenage girls using it. (Makeup and smudges EVERYWHERE!)
Step 2: Spray on Some Water
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I used a spray bottle filled with water, but you could also just flick some water on the mirror with a wet hand.
Step 3: Wipe with Newspaper
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Then, wipe your mirror with the crumpled up newspaper just as you would with a cloth and chemical cleaner.
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I found that I didn't have to wipe so much -- and that streaks were nowhere to be found!
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And that's it! This trick is teenage-girl proof! No all that's left is to enjoy that beautiful, smudge free reflection.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Newspaper
  • Water
  • Spray bottle (optional)   (Dollar Store)
  • Carole Leandra
    Carole Leandra Austin, TX

    I grew up in the Air Force and cleaning glass with newspapers was the only way to pass inspection. That was late 50s and early 60s.

  • Diana
    Diana Wilmington, NC

    My mother always had us do the windows with vinegar and water. Buff with a sheet of newspaper. Back in the early 60's.

  • Eloise
    Eloise Vienna, VA

    There's no question this is a great way to clean glass and mirrors. I just hate the black residue it leaves behind on my hands or rubber gloves. Instead, I use a microfiber cloth and a homemade glass cleaner. Plenty of recipes for that here on

  • Dr roopali sircar

    We always used newspaper to clean mirrors. But that was when we were young and our parents got us to do that. Somewhere we forgot everything and started using chemicals etc. I am going back to it ! Thanks for re reminding.

  • Nancy Wilson

    First, newspaper doesn't scratch glass. If it takes a diamond or similar hard substance to cut glass, the minute wood fibers will not cause scratches. Secondly, this is a great reminder of how we have become so dependent on advertising. We think

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