How to clean mirror with newspaper?

by Abby

Is it true that mirrors can be cleaned with newspaper? This boggles my mind.

  27 answers
  • Kathy Bumsted Kathy Bumsted on Aug 06, 2017

    Vinegar and newspapers. Vinegar cuts through more gunk than anything. And you might have to let it set for a few minutes. Repeat if needed.

  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Nov 01, 2018

    l use windex & newspaper

  • Rosanne Rosanne on Aug 06, 2017

    I find vinegar ( white cider) to be better at glass than Windex. Spray it on, if there's a stubborn spot let it sit for awhile, and use newspaper to wipe it off. Newspaper doesn't leave lint

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Nov 01, 2018

    If you want a chemical free solution, mix vinegar & water (50% each) then add a few drops of Dawn to the mix. Spray it on, clean the windows with a soft cloth then polish with a clean lint free cloth or newspaper. I hope this helps.

  • Kathy Kathy on Aug 06, 2017

    Try white vinegar and/or ammonia to cut the crud. Dry and polish with newspaper to shine it up.

  • Kathleen Kathleen on Jan 06, 2017

    The trick is using newspaper instead of paper towels. I use a vinegar and water mix 1:3 or Pledge Multi Surface, which is good for cleaning just about anything.

  • I use vinegar and water, newspaper and a car wash sponge and a squeegee for large windows or sliding glass doors.

  • Retta Robinson Retta Robinson on Jan 19, 2019

    First--you can't clean glass, windows, or mirrors with the sun shining on it. I've had the best luck using about 1/4 cup ammonia and a few drops of dish detergent in 2 quarts of hot water. Use a clean wash cloth, well soaked, and wipe the surface well. Let it partly dry in the air, then dry it completely with wadded up newspapers. If the mirror has been cleaned previously with something containing any oily component, it may take more than one attempt. I have not been impressed with microfiber cloths for this job.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 04, 2017

    Crunched up Newspaper and water. or /vinegar....

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Oct 10, 2017

    Use 70 or 91% rubbing alcohol and newspaper

  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Sep 04, 2017

    use old newspapers and plain white vinegar. Spray the vinegar on, wipe with the newspapers. Best method ever!

  • Sylvia Gurich Sylvia Gurich on Oct 10, 2017

    Dry with newspaper to make glass shine. But the print gets on your hands.

  • You could also use a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water and wipe with a newspaper.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 15, 2021

    Looks like a good use for newspaper to make a lint free shine, although I have not personally used it, it looks promising.

  • Tuula - Color Me Thrifty Tuula - Color Me Thrifty on Nov 15, 2021

    Newspaper and a 50/50 vinegar and water mix works great for me.

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 15, 2021

    Use old newspapers and plain white vinegar. Spray the vinegar on, wipe with the newspapers. Works ever time for me.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 15, 2021

    I used to do it all the time until I discovered SuperCloth. The down side to using newspaper is the ink will rub off onto your hands. But you just spritz your mirrors, windows, or other glass with your choice of glass cleaner and use the newspaper in lieu of a cloth or papertowel.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Nov 15, 2021

    I find it doesn't work - I have tried it over the years and it never looked any cleaner so I use microfiber cloths for my mirrors now

    • Mogie Mogie on Dec 12, 2022

      You need to use black and white print only and not the shiney based paper or you just smear the smudges around.

  • I've always used glass cleaner and newspaper. I may have to try vinegar, though!

  • Yes, my husband swears that it's the best way to clean glass of any kind. He sprays the cleaner on the glass and then used crumpled newspaper the way you would use paper towels.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Nov 15, 2021

    No. Yes I’ve heard of this thing too— but I usually use Windex and a microfiber cloth.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Nov 17, 2021

    Hi Abby, newspapers are the best for cleaning mirrors and glass. Just spritz a little window cleaner on and wipe off with the nespaper. It's that easy

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Nov 20, 2021

    Unlike paper towels, newspaper sheets have a denser fiber and grittier texture that allow them to act as a light abrasive, wiping away grime on your mirrors as well as liquid. Paper towels also tend to leave behind little pieces of residue, making your mirror look even grimier.

  • Annie Annie on Nov 30, 2021

    It is true and newspapers also work great for cleaning your windows!

  • Yes, just spray the cleaner and use the newspaper to wipe it clean and dry.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jun 14, 2022

    Hi Abby, hope this helps you out. Spraying window cleaner on the window is the first step to leave them sparkling with no smudges or streaks. Then use newspaper and rub in a circular motion to loosen the dirt. After that, you have to wipe horizontally and then vertically to make sure there are no streaks and the entire liquid cleaner is absorbed.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 07, 2023

    Crush it up. Spray water and mope it clean with newspaper. It is the Carpon in the ink that shines the mirror or window!