How to Clean Inside Car Windows

Follow these steps to clean glass on the inside and get rid of fingerprints, smudges and the dust generated by your dashboard and upholstery.

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Time

An hour or less

Complexity

Beginner

Cost

Less than $20

Introduction

Learn how to clean inside car windows with these simple step-by-step instructions.

Tools Required

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Reaching tool with a curved head (optional)

Materials Required

  • Interior glass cleaner

The inside of a car’s windshields and windows are just as worthy of a good cleaning as the outside, especially if your windshields fog up regularly. Fortunately a good cleaning is pretty simple to achieve, in just a few steps.

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Step 1

Dry Wipe

Paper towels also work, but microfiber cloths won't leave pesky fibers behind on the glass.

This prep step removes that nearly invisible filmy layer of dirt and dust particles that stem from the plastic, vinyl and rubber inside the car.

Step 2

Add Cleaner

Just a few spritzes at a time should do the trick. Avoid spraying the cleaner directly onto the glass. Too much cleaner can make the glass hazy. Choose a cleaner that specifies it's safe for interior use, such as Meguiar's Perfect Glass, to avoid exposure to chemicals like ammonia while inside your car. Or make your own glass cleaner with equal parts distilled water and isopropyl alcohol, plus a capful of white vinegar.

Step 3

Wipe On Cleaner

Step 4

Dry Glass

  • Wipe the glass dry with the other side of your dry microfiber cloth, or a fresh one, for a streak-free finish.
  • Repeat steps 2 through 4 until sparkling.