Can’t to see the road clearly? If grease and grime are obstructing your view, it’s definitely time for a clean. Cleaning the inside of your auto or truck windshield every few weeks to remove dirt, smudges and film gives you a clearer view of the road, preventing the likelihood of a car accident. It also helps your defroster work better, allowing it to more quickly clear off condensation or ‘fog’ that sticks more easily to a dirty windshield surface.
How Does My Windshield Get So Dirty?
There are a number of reasons your car’s windshield gets dirt on it, including kid’s fingerprints, dog smudges, smog and smoke, dirt and dust from the road, sea salt, and other local environmental contaminants. But one of the primary reasons is car off-gassing. That ‘new car smell’ is part-and-parcel of various plastic and vinyl interior components. This eventually wears off as materials break down, becoming trapped within the car to leave an oily residue on the windshield, which in most cases, is perfectly angled to catch a great deal of it. Using oily cleaners on the dashboard can worsen this issue, evaporating into a film that further coats car glass, especially in hot, humid weather.
How to Clean up the Inside of Your car or truck Windshield:
What You’ll Need:
Lint-free microfiber rags
Mix a solution in spray bottle. Popular and effective options include:
50% alcohol, 50% water, and a capful of white vinegar.
70% water, 15% window cleaner, 15% alcohol.
*Use an auto-specific glass cleaner, avoiding ammonia-based cleaners which can damage, vinyl, leather, and tint.
Gather you’re materials, hopping in your passenger seat for easier access to windshield glass.
Use a clean, dry microfiber rag to wipe down the glass first.
Next use a different rag and rubbing alcohol to degrease the glass. If you live near the coast, you can also clean the glass with vinegar to dissolve sea salt.
Using a different side of the rag or grabbing a clean one, spray glass cleaner on the rag (not the windshield) and clean the glass in circular motions.
Swap-out rags as soon as they get dirty. Drop your used rags in your sticky cup holder, then learn how to clean it up in a snap: How to Clean the Sticky Cup Holder in Your Car.
Use up-and-down wiping motions to finish off the glass, making sure windows are completely dry for a streak-free shine.