Cleaning Interior Windows and Mirrors

If you tried out my method to clean exterior windows, I have great news for you. Cleaning interior windows and mirrors is simpler. Since interior glass is usually not as dirty, there is not the need to wash the windows first with the Sal Suds or Castile soap. Generally, interior glass is dirty with dust and water spots. So all you need is the Club Soda or Vinegar spray, a squeegee, and a microfiber cloth.

The main exception to this advice is if you have mirrors or glass that hands often touch. In my house, this is primarily my children’s closet doors, which are mirrored. Handprints are grease. They need soap or detergent to remove. For these instances, I spray the handprints with my Sal Suds spray (castile spray would work, too), and wipe it away with a microfiber cloth. Then, I proceed with the Club Soda or Vinegar spray and squeegee.

Last note: Do not clean the inside of windows when the sun is shining through them. They will be too warm. The sun will evaporate the spray before you have a chance to squeegee it away, and you will end up with streaks.

Supplies:

  • Glass Cleaner: Pure, undiluted Club Soda in a spray bottle. (An alternative is a vinegar dilution of 1 c. vinegar and water in a quart spray bottle.)
  • A good quality squeegee
  • A microfiber cloth
  • For handprints: Sal Suds spray and a separate microfiber cloth

16 thoughts on “Cleaning Interior Windows and Mirrors

  1. Great video, very informative. I’d like to see one about interior/exterior car washing as well!

  2. Lisa? While I use Sal Suds for hand/body soaps (diluted w. water and fragranced w. lavender or orange essential oil) and shampoo, as well as for most of my home cleansers, from laundry soap to cabinet, floor cleaners, (diluted) I use plain old rubbing alcohol for my windows, inside and out. It cuts through everything. I use it on car windows & mirrors, too. It’s a one-step solution, which I appreciate, since time is money, too.
    Cyra

  3. @ Cyra – Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to try that one out myself. Do you spray it full strength? Do you use a squeegee or a cloth to wipe it off?

    All the best,
    Lisa

  4. I’ve been using a mix of 1c water, 1c alcohol & 1 tbsp white vinegar in an empty spray bottle. It works great!

    • @Alisha – That sounds like a great combination, too! There are so many ways to do these cleaning tasks safely.

      All the best,
      Lisa

  5. Hi Lisa,
    again thanks so much for all your advice, I’m always coming back here and wish our local health shop would stock all Dr, Bonners products. Just rang them now to ask them to, and said they will order some more. Including the Sal Suds.
    (1) Re: Cyra’s comment above (passing on the rubbing alcohol tip) she says she uses diluted Sal Suds as a hand/body wash, and she uses it as a shampoo also! Could you confirm Sal Suds is ok for body and hair washing. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ because somewhere on your site you explain that soap is not good for dyed hair as it opens the cuticles….and that shampoos are used for hair because they are detergents. Is Sal suds a detergent? If so I was wondering why you don’t recommended using Sal Suds as a shampoo instead of the using the Castile Soaps – is there a reason?
    thanks in advance,
    Catherine

  6. Hi Catherine – Sal Suds is not formulated for personal care use – hair or body. However, having said that, neither will Sal Suds hurt you, although it may cause dryness. Looking at the ingredients, there is some overlap with conventional shampoos, because they both are detergents. But I still don’t recommend using it as your daily wash. It does not circumvent the “dyed hair” issue because the pH is still alkaline. Not all detergents have an alkaline pH, but Sal Suds does. It is the pH that opens the hair follicles, so dyed hair needs an acidic pH. I have used Sal Suds on my body in extreme cases – I’m remembering paint in my hair and on my body, and one time it was oil in my hair.

    I have had feedback from customers who have used Sal Suds as a shampoo successfully, but it’s not something I or Dr. Bronner’s recommend.

    Is that muddy enough for you? :)

    All the best,
    Lisa

  7. Thanks so much Lisa, that’s super info. (I hadn’t realised I’d thought I had cutitcles in my hair!…ha ha ha.) I’ll keep on searching for an all natural hair washing product with an acidic ph…..either to buy, or preferably find a recipe to home-make. Meantime Sals Suds is ordered and on the way and I’m looking forward to using it to scrub-a-dub-dub my house.
    Best wishes!
    Catherine

  8. i love your website and I have two websites that are devoted to homemade house cleaning products and another one for homemade skin care products called easyhomebeauty on the yahoo groups website I saw some really interesting stuff on your site thank you. Tanya Poe

  9. Hi Jenifer – The bubbles in club soda last as long as your typical carbonated drink – maybe 3 or 4 days. This is why I generally go with the vinegar. I don’t have to use up the whole bottle all at once that way.

    All the best,
    Lisa

  10. I have a shower just like that – what do you use / do to keep it so sparkling clean?

  11. Hi Kelz – I keep a squeegee in my shower and whoever uses the shower has to squeegee the glass right afterwards. My kids think this is great fun. The squeegee greatly reduces water spots and build up on the glass. The tile I clean with my Sal Suds All Purpose spray. I also clean the glass weekly with my vinegar solution glass cleaner.

    All the best,
    Lisa

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