Have you ever noticed how the inside of your car windows gets dirty from fingerprints to dust and other grime? Cleaning inside car windows without streaks is not only important for safety reasons (there’s nothing worse than trying to squint through streaks) but can also improve your vehicle’s aesthetics. Cleaning your car windows is easy to do. Follow the instructions below to get sparkling-clean and streak-free windows in no time.
Using DIY Window Cleaners
If you’ve ever needed or wanted to clean the inside of your car windows last-minute and realized that you were out of window cleaner, then you probably just gave up on the task overall. Or maybe you didn’t feel like running out to the store and purchasing a premade window cleaning solution that cost upwards of $10. Either way, making your own DIY windshield cleaner is easy to do and can be accomplished with a mixture of a few household essentials.
What You Need:
To make your own DIY window cleaner you need a few things:
- Warm water
- Dish soap
To create a DIY window cleaner, simply mix together roughly 8 ounces of warm water, a teaspoon of dish soap, and 1-2 drops of vinegar in a bowl. If you don’t have dish soap on hand, you can also mix together one cup of warm water and one cup of vinegar. This mixture also works well to remove oil, dirt, and other griminess from the inside of your car’s windows. After creating the mixture, pour into an empty spray bottle for easy use and application to your inside car windows.
Tools & Products to Use
After you have made your own DIY window cleaner, you need to have a few tools on hand in order to achieve clean and streakless windows. Here’s what to use to clean inside car windows:
- If you haven’t already put your DIY car cleaner mixture into a spray bottle, you will need one. Using a spray bottle will ensure that you evenly cover your entire inside car window before wiping it down.
- Most importantly, you need a cloth to use to clean. A high-quality microfiber cloth is best to use to ensure no streaks are created when cleaning your inside car windows.
- After cleaning your windows with your DIY solution and a microfiber cloth, you may find that your inside car windows still need to be dried off. It is a good idea to use an absorbent, high-quality towel that won’t cause scratches or streaks to your inside car windows. Poly Vinyl Alcohol (PVA) towels are an option for drying your inside car windows, as this material is absorbent and prevents scratching.
Cleaning Steps (Without Creating Streaks)
Cleaning your inside car windows is easy when you have the right tools and follow the right steps. Keep reading to learn how to clean your inside car windows without creating streaks.
- Step 1: After pouring your DIY window cleaner mixture into an empty spray bottle, shake the bottle for a few seconds to ensure the formula is mixed well.
- Step 2: Using your DIY window cleaner, spray it over your entire inside car windows. Make sure you are careful when spraying this solution, as you don’t want the vinegar to get on your dash. *Note: You can lay towels down on your dash to prevent any vinegar from ruining the interior of your car.
- Step 3: Once you have thoroughly sprayed your inside car windows, use your microfiber cloth to wipe down the window’s surface. Make sure that your cloth is dry for best results. If your cloth becomes wet, flip it over and use the dry side. It’s important to use a dry cloth to ensure no streaks are present.
- Step 4: If you notice that your inside car windows are still wet, use a PVA towel to completely dry the glass. This will also ensure no streaks are present.
- Step 5: Repeat the steps above as needed to achieve the results you want. The end product should include sparkling and streak-free windows!
What to Do When Cleaning
If you followed all of the above steps, chances are you will be left with sparkling and streak-free windows. To ensure your inside car windows are as clean as possible make sure you:
- Completely dry your inside car windows after cleaning. Any leftover DIY car window cleaner mixture can create streaks and even cause damage to your windows.
- Don’t use non-microfiber towels. Run-of-the-mill towels can cause scratches on your inside car windows. Use a microfiber cloth when cleaning and a PVA towel for drying to ensure maximum results.
- Make sure your microfiber cloth is dry when cleaning your inside car windows. Using a wet cloth can create streaks and smears.
CleanTools Gives the Results You Want!
Now that you know how to successfully clean your inside car windows, make sure you have the right products. CleanTools has products that will give you the results you are looking for.
- Dash Gear Microfiber Towel: This machine-washable towel is great for cleaning your inside car windows. Made from chemical-free microfiber, this cloth will help prevent streaks and scratches on your interior windows.
- The Absorber®: The Absorber® is made from PVA, allowing it to be a great option for drying your inside car windows after cleaning them. PVA is ultra-drying and absorbent allowing for no leftover wetness or streaks.