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How to Clean a Mirror with Newspaper

Updated on March 5, 2013

Cleaning Glass And Mirrors

The problem with cleaning glass or mirrors is that more often than not you cannot get a perfect streak free finish.

Using furniture polish is actually the worst product that you could use to clean them as most furniture polishes contain wax which although great on woods and plastics is not really suitable for glass surfaces. The wax in furniture polish leaves a coating on the glass which makes it almost impossible to have a streak free finish.

Using water and a cloth to clean your glass surfaces is also a good option but if you let the water dry out too quickly it leaves a residue on the glass that can be quite difficult to remove.

Surprisingly the best cheapest and most trusted way to clean windows and mirrors is to use some old newspaper and water for a guaranteed shine with virtually no streaks.

Cleaning A Mirror With Newspaper

Jimmy can actually be useful around the house and always uses a newspaper to clean glass surfaces. On with wet newspaper
Jimmy can actually be useful around the house and always uses a newspaper to clean glass surfaces. On with wet newspaper | Source

Cleaning Glass And Mirrors With Newspaper

Newspaper is not only very effective method for cleaning glass or mirrors but it is also a quick and easy way to get them clean.

You will need two dry sheets of newspaper and one wet sheet for each glass or mirrored surface that you plan to clean.

Firstly you take the wet piece of newspaper ans scrunch it up like a cloth, and wipe briskly in a circular motion over the surface area of the glass or mirror, try to ensure that you get into all of the edges and corners. When you have washed the glass surface take a dry piece of newspaper and dry the glass or mirrored surface again using a brisk circular movement.

Next take your second piece of dried news paper and use it to polish the mirror or glass again a circular movement ensuring that you cover the whole of the surface; It is at this point that you should start to notice just how clean your glass or mirror surface has become and you should also notice the lack of streaks.

Tip 1: add a little white vinegar to your water to guarantee a streak free finish and to repel spiders and flying insects.

Tip 2: If you are in a rush, you can spray water onto the glass surface and buff it dry with a dry sheet of newspaper.

Cleaning Glass With Newspaper

Off with dry news paper, as you can see the mirror is spotless with no fibers on the surface and no streaks.
Off with dry news paper, as you can see the mirror is spotless with no fibers on the surface and no streaks. | Source

Why is Newspaper So Good For Cleaning Glass or Mirrors?

The first thing that you will notice when you dip your scrunched up newspaper into the water is that the newspaper actually repels the water; instead of soaking in the water like a sponge, newspaper has a coating of oil which allows the water to run off.

Because the newspaper repels the water, it stops the newspaper from breaking up, which means that none of the fibers or lint in the newspaper will break off and stick to the mirror or glass surface.

If you are using a cloth to clean your glass, you often find small cloth fibers left behind on the finished surface.

Newspaper inks are often water based which break down with water and you would think that when using newspaper to clean glass or mirrors the print would actually leave a mark on the surface. The ink may come off the newspaper when you are cleaning but it is because the ink is water based that the dry newspaper takes any ink that has run back off the surface.

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    • PegCole17 profile image

      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Wonderful idea that works and also provides a useful purpose for old newspapers!

    • europewalker profile image


      5 years ago

      Newspaper is the best for cleaning mirrors and windows. It makes the job quick and easy. Good tip for those that haven't tried it before, voted up.

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I've used newspaper on my car window - I love it! Now that I get my paper electronically, maybe I need to buy a 'real' one now and then just to have around for cleaning supplies! Great tips here!

    • MarieAlana1 profile image

      Marie Alana 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      I did this. It worked so well. I was flabbergasted at how shiny my mirror got. I did it to the trash can as well. It was amazing! Thanks!

    • ketage profile image


      5 years ago from Croatia

      I been doing this since I was knee high to a grasshopper, helping my mother with household chores. works like a charm.

    • Jamie Brock profile image

      Jamie Brock 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for sharing this.. I had heard that newspaper was the best for cleaning mirrors but I never knew exactly how to do it.. It is interesting how that works. I don't know how accurate this is but I read somewhere that the ink in the newspaper is what actually cleans the glass, or at least an ingredient that is contained in the ink. I wonder if the newspapers that have the grocery ads with colored ink would work just as well as the regular black and white print. I don't get the newspaper but I do get those grocery sale papers in my mail box all the time. Great hub!

    • torrilynn profile image


      5 years ago

      Hi jimmy,

      I never knew that you could use a newspaper

      to clean a mirror. I've always tried using paper towel

      but I always ended up with streaks. thanks for this hub.

      this was very beneficial for me.

      Voted up and sharing.

    • Kulsum Mehmood profile image

      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 

      5 years ago from Nagpur, India

      I use water and newspaper for cleaning mirrors and with success. Thanks for sharing.

    • prasetio30 profile image


      5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. I have never thought to clean the mirror with newspaper. come up with solution. I hope many people will read this hub. You have done a great job by sharing this hub with us. Voted up!


    • livingsta profile image


      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      This was useful information Jimmy. Thank you for sharing your ideas. Voted up, useful and sharing!

    • Sheri Faye profile image

      Sheri Dusseault 

      5 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Cool! I just ran out of paper towel and was going to do some spring cleaning. Thanks.

    • MarieAlana1 profile image

      Marie Alana 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      This is such a great idea!

    • Diane Woodson profile image

      Diane Minton 

      5 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      Me and my Mother have used this method for years, glad someone wrote about it since It does work....I always use v

      inegar on my picture frames!!

    • Just Ask Susan profile image

      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've been using this method to clean mirrors and windows for years now. It sure saves a lot of money and works brilliantly.


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