Homemade Bathroom Mirror Cleaner

3 Materials
10 Minutes

We are sharing our popular DIY bathroom mirror cleaner with you today, and also the method that makes it work so well.

Not only are we using an easy cleaner, but also a great method to make this solution work even better.

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  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • Spray Bottle
  • Microfiber Cloth

icon IMPORTANT! Please read our blog post for detailed science on vinegar for mirrors, the steam method, and more mirror cleaning hacks we have!


  1. In a spray bottle combine the water and vinegar.
  2. Spray entire bathroom mirror with solution.
  3. Allow it to sit on the mirror while you take a shower or bath (whatever makes the mirror accumulate steam on it).
  4. While mirror is still foggy, wipe surface down with a microfiber cloth.

Do You Have To Wait Until The Mirror Is Foggy To Wipe Off Solution?

You can use our vinegar cleaner just as is without waiting until after you shower (in the pic above you can see some soap splatters already breaking down with just the vinegar), but the hot steam really enhances the vinegar!

Not only does the steam make the vinegar work better, but also dissolves more on the mirror.

So, we recommend following the directions above to get the best and easiest mirror cleaning.

I use this for my makeup mirror too!

Is a microfiber necessary?

A microfiber provides the best absorption for mirrors, and I prefer it to paper towels which can sometimes leave residue. If you don't have a microfiber cloth, it is okay to use a paper towel though. You can click our blog post link to see the microfiber we recommend plus the science on how it works.

Just regular distilled white vinegar for this solution is the best!

I hope you enjoy trying this out, and be sure to read the blog post and join Chemistry Cachet for more science based cleaning hacks.

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  • Nandini Nandini on Oct 29, 2021

    Will this work for glass shower doors?


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  • Nandini Nandini on Oct 30, 2021

    I have been squeegeeing after I shower and so far door and the glass wall look good but will definitely follow your advice on the weekly maintenance. It’s very new and I wish we had the coating put on . The only thing I have trouble with from your article is using the microfiber cloth, I have always found that it does not absorb the moisture like regular cotton towels do.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Nov 03, 2021

    Here is another tip regarding cleaning mirrors with this type of diy solution:

    Be sure to use cloths that are not only clean, but ones that have not been rinsed with fabric softener in the laundry cycle. Sometime the fibres retain too much fs to be able to absorb the vinegar and residue on the glass, which results in smearing.