Paul Durkin

How to Make Your Bathroom Mirror Crystal Clear & Fog-Free

Published: 30 October 2013 | By Paul Durkin.

You’re just about to leave the house when you realise you haven’t checked how you look; you go to check, but the mirror is so dirty that you are unable to see yourself.

You grab a towel to ‘wipe’ it clean, but all that does is simply smudge the problem, exacerbating the issue.

How to clean a bathroom mirror:

Cleaning your bathroom mirror is easy and you'll be pleased to hear it won't require any chemical products.

But what will you need?

How To Clean a Dirty Mirror

Essential Items:

  • A Microfiber Cloth.
  • Warm Water.

Other Useful Items:

  • Washing-up Liquid.
  • A Sponge.
  • Shaving Foam.

Everyday cleaning techniques:

Cleaning a mirror which isn’t too dirty is easy: simply use warm water to clean the mirror and then rub it dry with a microfiber cloth.

This will take less than 2 minutes and should become part of your weekly routine.

Top Tip:  Rub in circular motions to prevent smears.

How to clean a dirty mirror:

If your mirror is particularly grubby it will require some elbow grease, but still won't require any chemical products.

Simply mix some washing-up liquid with warm water and use a sponge to wipe the mirror clean.

Once it’s clear, pick up that trusty microfiber cloth and again buff it until it shines.

Top Tip: If your bathroom mirror is particularly wet, it's a good idea to use a squeegee to remove any excess water.

How to eliminate foggy mirrors:

We all know how frustrating it is to get out of the bath and look into a foggy mirror; well you’ll be pleased to hear there is something you can do to prevent this:

  • Simply apply a dollop of shaving foam and spread evenly across the mirror.
  • Then, with a microfiber cloth, wipe away the foam and buff.

If you don't fancy dousing your bathroom mirror in shaving foam every few weeks, invest in a heated bathroom mirror.

Many of these contain demister heat pads which regulate the temperature, to prevent condensation build-up, and will keep the mirror looking crystal clear at all times.

What to avoid:

  • Abrasive cleaners which have a high acidity, alkali or ammonia level as this could damage your mirror.
  • If you are determined to use chemical products, never spray them directly onto the mirror: this could seep behind the frame and damage the coating which can create black spots around the edge of the mirror; instead, spray the cleaning product onto a cloth and then apply.

Don't forget:

While these are great tips for cleaning your mirror, always try it on a test area first.

Remember: If in doubt, consult your manufacturer's cleaning guidelines first.