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A cheaper, greener way to clean mirrors

Once again, vinegar comes to the rescue.

By Donna_Freedman Nov 2, 2009 2:33AM

I'd heard from various sources that a mix of vinegar and water makes a great window cleaner, and that you can use a sheet of newspaper instead of a paper towel to wipe the glass.

Recently my bathroom mirror was looking pretty dismal. Surely vinegar and water would work on mirrors, too, I thought. 

I'm happy to report that a 50-50 vinegar/water solution and a single page of the Seattle Times left the mirror looking great. I'll never buy commercial window cleaner again -- and using newspaper will help me stretch a roll of paper towels even further.

However, you should move your toothbrush holder away from the mirror before you spray. Vinegar doesn't go very well with Colgate Total Whitening Paste. Trust me on this.

I already use vinegar and water as an all-purpose cleaner, mixed in a spray bottle that cost 49 cents for at Big Lots. I didn't expect the bottle to last, but it's four years old and shows no sign of decrepitude.

Incidentally, the vinegar smell is noticeable at first but it really does go away. But again: Keep it away from your toothbrush.


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