Can't get my windows/mirrors clean

Seems like glass cleaner doesn't work like it used to. I have used cloth, paper, and every type of spray I can get my hands on. I have tried vinegar but that also streaked. Any advice?
  10 answers
  • Monica Monica on Aug 09, 2015
    I've found that the best way to clean mirrors and windows in my house is by using a microfiber cloth made especially for mirrors. You don't need to use any cleaners - I just use a damp one first if something is especially dirty and wipe off with a dry one. Throw in the wash when they get dirty. I picked them up at Bed Bath and Beyond. Hope this helps!
  • Debs Debs on Aug 09, 2015
    The vinegar in hot water should work, What is leaving the streaks is possibly what you are drying with. I use the cheapest paper towels from the dollar store or wadded up newspaper..a lot of the paper towels have some oil or something in them and they will leave streaks. The newspaper may turn your hands black from the ink but it will wash off, They will leave your windows streak free..I use that method a lot..Hot water with a cup or so of white vinegar. spray it on or use a sponge to wipe it on and then dry with the newspaper..Hope this helps..
  • Chris aka monkey Chris aka monkey on Aug 09, 2015
    @Deb Carney Blecha i had the same problem when we moved into this home i finally used dawn dish soap and vinegar and newspaper and it got them sparkling xx
  • 146254 146254 on Aug 09, 2015
    Hello...I have been cleaning houses for many years. The micro fiber is very nice, but twice the work. I use cheesecloth laundered in tide, and rinsed in a little vinegar. I dry them separately with NO fabric softener. Also, Windex is the best, but if there are close overhead lights, turn them off. The heat from the lights does make any cleaner heat up and will leave streaks. Turn them back on when the cleaner is dry, and check for any missed areas. Cheesecloth or the old fashioned flour sack material are just wonderful and you can use them for many years.
  • Ginger Ginger on Aug 09, 2015
    My answer is the easiest for me. I tell my husband that I can't get them streak free--this is a challenge to him. He uses warm water, vinegar and a squeegee. Job done and I didn't break a sweat! Good luck girls.
  • Cheryl Carlson Cheryl Carlson on Aug 09, 2015
    alcohol spray wipe with paper or paper towel works great
    • Kim Kilmer Kim Kilmer on Aug 09, 2015
      I've used rubbing alcohol for years now. Cleans windows beautifully and easily. Also great on chrome and ceramic tile.
  • Monica Monica on Aug 09, 2015
    I picked them up at Bed Bath and Beyond. They're ribbed on one side and smooth on the other. Really works!!!
  • Carol Carol on Aug 09, 2015
    I use a tablespoon or so of ammonia (be sure to use the non-sudsing kind, it usually says 'wonderful for windows' on the bottle) in a basin of hot/warm water. Using an old washcloth, wet down/wash the window and then use a squeegee (Etorre, the cadillac of squeegees, and the only kind I use), wipe the rubber blade after each swipe. In between, for mirror cleanup, I have found a brand of spray window cleaner that works really well... SPRAYWAY, which can be found at Target and grocery stores. If you have hard water/calcium buildup on the glass, such as where a sprinkler hits the window, try using very fine (oooo) steel wool first. This should take care of it.
  • Barbara C Barbara C on Aug 10, 2015
    If they are double-paned,the dirt maybe be between the panes.You cannot clean them.The gas has leaked and allowed dust in.They will have to be replaced.I had the same problem until I finally figured out it was the window,not the cleaner.
  • Barb Barb on Aug 10, 2015
    When I got my new bathroom vanity/mirror there was a film on the mirror. I tried everything and nothing took it off. Then I tried straight vinegar in a spray bottle and my problems were solved. Even the place where I bought the vanity had no idea how to remove it.