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Green Mirror Cleaner -- Using Old Newspapers!

3 Materials
2 Minutes

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!!

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.

Suggested materials:

  • Newspaper
  • Water
  • Spray bottle (optional)  (Dollar Store)

Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Jun6250205
    on Jul 10, 2016

    I park my car under a tree for shade, when I got home my windshield have droplets of tree saps. Any suggestions how to clean it?

    • Sighle Kujawa
      on Apr 19, 2017

      You have a larger problem. The sap also goes on your car finish also. Best solution is to park elsewhere, or cover your whole car with a car cover. Above suggestions will probably all work for better or worse, but to avoid the problem altogether would be more desirable to me. Is the shade worth all the remedial labor? Hope this helps.
      Sighle Kujawa, Clarksville, TN

  • Glenn Smith
    on Jan 2, 2017

    Did you write Jenny's number down before you cleaned it off of the mirror?

    on Oct 15, 2018

    Does it work on hard water spots on glass shower doors

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  • Nancy Wilson
    on Jul 14, 2017

    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 we can buy things that will make the job faster, easier, much better, easier and faster can you be....water and newspaper! Great reminder and well done!

  • Pamela Kirksey
    on Aug 31, 2018

    It’s such a shame that a lot of people now read the newspaper on their computers or mobile devices, myself included. My mom taught me the newspaper hack and I’ve always found it to work like a charm! This is a great tip.

    • Snowdiva
      on Feb 8, 2019

      I get the newspaper every day. I enjoy just sitting in my rocker and relaxing by reading the paper...I dont get that from a computer. I use my computer but just not for the newspaper. We can have both.....

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