Tip: Streak Free Windows and Mirrors

I have been using this simple and inexpensive solution to clean my windows and mirrors and it leaves them streak free!!!
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You'll need:
A bucket
Ammonia (mine came from Dollar Tree)
1 Table spoon
Old cotton-shirt
Squeegee (mine came from IKEA)
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Put 2 tablespoons of Ammonia into the bucket.
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Fill the bucket with water all the way up.
(If you need less - then 1 tablespoon Ammonia with 1/2 bucket water).
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The above and below pictures are of my bathroom mirror. I took a picture with the lights on and off trying to show how streaky the mirror was. My husband used Windex and a paper towels - this is what it left behind.

Happy to hear other ideas as well!
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This mirror is big so cleaned 1/3 of it at a time.
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Put your wash cloth in the bucket of solution and squeeze it out. Wash your mirror or window.
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Use your squeegee to slide top to bottom.
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Wipe the squeegee with the cotton shirt. Also wipe up the drips at the bottom of your mirror/window with the shirt as well.

Continue until all your mirror/windows are done.
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It looks so much better and my arm isn't exhausted from rubbing so hard.
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It's inexpensive and easy, hope you'll give it a try too :)
  10 answers
  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 18, 2017
    Inexpensive+ easy= my favorite. Thank you!!!

  • Joan Vargo Joan Vargo on Jan 18, 2017
    Be careful if the mirror has trim. The ammonia could be harmful.

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    • Yvonne Yvonne on Jan 21, 2017
      I can't wait to try this, if it ever stops raining here. I'm really not complaining, we have been so dry for so many years, I guess we are just getting it all at once! :)

  • Suzann Suzann on Jan 18, 2017
    When you say bucket I think 5 gallon bucket. I see that you have a large container instead of a "bucket." Could you tell me the amount or water your container holds? For instance 1 gallon, 2 gallons, etc. It will make a difference in the amount of ammonia used. Thanks. I look forward to it working as I am unable to get the streaks off my windows no matter what I use.

  • Jan Koelsch Jan Koelsch on Jan 18, 2017
     Vinegar works well, too and is non-toxic. As an old pro window washer, vinegar and cheap paper towels or newspapers work well. No streaks. Using the washer cleaner that often is used in car washer reservior works well. Ammonia can be toxic and not safe around young children and pets. Also have heard using shaving cream even though messy on bathroom mirrors keeps fog from steam forming on the mirrors. Wondering if that would work on shower doors.

  • Kri17739249 Kri17739249 on Jan 20, 2017
    I add a touch of dish detergent to the water and ammonia as recommended by my professional window washer. He said to use ammonia inside and vinegar for outside windows. Mirrors and windows come out streak free.

  • Toni Johnson Toni Johnson on Jan 20, 2017
    I made a concoction of Alcohol, water and vinegar and put it in a spray bottle and it leaves everything very streaky. I have to keep going over it a number of times to get the streaks out. Do you suppose it's the concoction or is the squeegee an important piece? I may have to pick one up and see if it makes a difference. Also, I was going to ask, can you make this ahead and keep in a spray bottle, or does it have to be warm to work well? Great tip, thanks for sharing

    • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Jan 20, 2017
      Thanks for your questions Toni. Yes, I think you can make it ahead of time and put it in a spray bottle. I think it's a combination of the mixture and the squeegee that eliminates the streaks.

  • Cherry C. Corleone Cherry C. Corleone on Jan 20, 2017
    I'm going to try this, I can't seem to get rid of streaks

  • Mary Mary on Jan 21, 2017
    I have the same trouble and now I just clean the window first and then use a micro fiber cloth this removes all streaks even on my mirrors and stove. I just clean things then buff with the rag. Bunches are sold at the big box stores. They wash great and don't stain as much as regular terry.

  • Ccc Ccc on Jan 22, 2017
    good idea. all I use is equal parts vinegar (white) and peroxide in a small spray bottle. Fill rest with water and 2 drops of Dawn dish soap. This is what I finally found works great on my black stove too.

  • Ccc Ccc on Jan 22, 2017
    I also use 1/2 rubbing alcohol and 1/2 water on eye glasses and windows. I asked my eye dr what they used to clean glasses and the is what she told me. As well as cotton to wipe with not papertowel. Works wonders!