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Cleaning Inside Windshields: A Step-by-Step Guide

by Louise W. Rice

Foggy windshields can be annoying and uncomfortable to drive around with. Plus, if you have kids or dogs, you’ll get all types of dirty fingerprints and slippery stains on them!

Want a crystal clear windshield? This step-by-step guide will give you all the info you need about cleaning inside windshields and what materials to use. Keep reading to learn more!

List of Items Needed

You don’t need much to make the inside of your car’s windshield crystal clear. Just make sure you get good quality products to make your life easier.

Here’s what you’ll need to prepare beforehand:

1. Microfiber Towel

  • Prepare two or more microfiber towels. Soak one in a bowl with some of the cleaning solution of your choice, and leave the other one dry.
  • You can use a microfiber towel or a microfiber extension hand tool, either one will get the job done, but it’s better not to use paper towels or other clothes.

If you’re wondering why not just use a paper towel or one of the kitchen towels, here’s why you shouldn’t:

  • Paper towels can easily rip and they might leave little bits of them on your car windshield and windows, which would be annoying to clean.
  • Other clothes can also leave wiping streaks or water stains on the glass, or even scratch it.

This is why using a soft and absorbent microfiber cloth is safer for your windshield and will provide a clearer finish result.

2. Windshield Cleaner

If you can get a good windshield and window cleaner, that’ll be great. Just make sure you don’t use any ammonia-based products.

Also, look for a product that is easily prepared and/or applied, so it’s more comfortable for you to use.

3. Homemade Cleaning Solution

If you don’t have a specialist windshield cleaner, you can make an alternative solution at home.

Add one part water to one part rubbing alcohol and about a teaspoon of vinegar into a spray bottle and give it a shake to mix the solution.

4. Ammonia-Free Glass Cleaner

Another alternative to store-bought window cleaners is an ammonia-free glass cleaner. Try to look for a product that mentions it can be safely used for car windows.

Cleaning Inside Windshields: A Step-by-Step Guide

The best-case scenario is that you wipe your windshield every time you use your car. But, if you don’t normally do that, we’ll tell you how to clean it every now and then.

Before you start cleaning the windshield, try to work in a shaded area so that the sun won’t keep drying off your cleaning solution and making it hard to wipe off the glass.

Once you’re all settled and have cleaning materials within hand reach, here’s what to do:

  1. Use the dry microfiber towel to wipe off all the dust or dirt stuck to the inside of the windshield. Then, shake it off and put it aside.
  2. Spray the cleaning solution on the windshield, or directly use the other microfiber towel if you had it pre-soaked. Apply some pressure to get all traces and dirty stubborn stains off. You can also use a squeegee along with your towel if you have one on hand. If you don’t, just a towel would be perfect.
  3. Use the other dry towel, or a new one if you want, to absorb any water left on the windshield.
  4. Don’t let the windshield air dry so it doesn’t become foggy or leave water stains on it.


Will cleaning with Windex damage the glass?

will cleaning with windex damage the glass

Not necessarily, but it’s still possible that using a glass cleaner such as Windex can cause damage to your car’s window glass, especially if they’re tinted.

When you clean your car’s windows, using glass cleaners might seem like an obvious solution, but it’s actually not.

Glass cleaners tend to leave streaks on your windows and make them foggy. Also, the ammonia in these products can be harmful to the glass.

That said, if you still want to use Windex or other glass cleaning products you have at home, you should try to find an ammonia-free product.

Ammonia-free products should be much safer to use on car windows than regular ones. But if you’re looking for an even better cleaning experience, always opt for products that are made especially for car windows.

Another easy way to clean your windshield is to wipe it with some rubbing alcohol or a mixture of water and vinegar.

Would going to a car wash be a better option?

While you can always wash your car yourself and still make it squeaky clean, going for a commercial car wash can save you some time and hassle.

Here’s why you should have your car cleaned in a car wash whenever you can:

Higher Cleaning Quality

A car wash typically has a team of professionals that are provided with all the necessary deep cleaning tools. These tools include high-pressure water hoses and/or pumps, car vacuums, as well as specialist car cleaning products.

With professional hands and products, you would definitely be getting a better and more detailed cleaning result than what you’d be able to do at home.

A Variety of Washing Systems

Another advantage to car washes is that you’d be offered different washing systems to choose from.

You can go with the usual automatic car wash. If you’re worried about the effect of brushes on your car, you can change to other softer systems or even a touchless car wash.

In addition to these automatic washing systems, some car wash stations also offer a self-service space where you can wash your car yourself.

This self-service option is the best of both worlds for those of us who still want to wash their cars themselves without giving up much of the cleaning quality.


Keeping the inside of your car’s windshield clean is just as important as cleaning the outside. It’s necessary for your safety while driving, and it’ll save you the struggle to get a clear vision.

After telling you all about cleaning inside windshields, you won’t have to stress about it anymore. With these cleaning tips, you can easily clean your car windshield and keep it crystal-clear at all times!

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