I have been working for at least six years to get the streaks off the mirror which hangs over my living room fireplace.
Since the room is right off the kitchen and I have a lot of grease fires and smoke alarms, a thin veneer of mist has rendered the mirror practically “non-reflectionary.” (My new word for the day.)
I now understand the term ‘”smoke and mirrors” – sort of.
I’ve tried Windex, household ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, eyeglass cleaners, Scrubbing Bubbles and as a last resort – plain ole spit. (Well, I really didn’t try the last method but I wanted to.)
Low and behold – after spending a fortune on various cleaning products – I read that rubbing alcohol is the best remedy. Yesterday I bought a $1 bottle at the Dollar Tree and applied it straight up. The steaks are gone, although it took several polishings with lint-free paper towels.
It worked so well, I attacked all the other mirrors in the house including the toothpaste-streaked mirror over my bathroom sink. It was beautiful but as I gazed at my unencumbered reflection I spotted a brown spot above my lip. What the…? I guess it’s what some call “an age spot”.
So I hopped in the car to go to the drug store to buy some skin bleaching ointment which set me back $16. My conclusion: Cleaning house with homemade products has a lot of hidden costs.
I also recommend leaving the bathroom mirrors a little smoky lest you find some new wrinkles or spots.