How to Super Clean the INSIDE of Your Windshield (No Streaks)

How to Super Clean the INSIDE of Your Windshield (No Streaks)


Hey guys! Chris Fix here and today I’m going to show you how to clean the inside of your windshield so that it’s crystal clear and streak free. The windshield on my truck is very dirty on the inside. And it’s easy to see this at night with the glare off the oily film. This makes it really hard to drive at night and it’s very distracting and it drives me crazy. So let me show you how to get rid of the streaks and make it crystal clear! The inside of your windshield is a real pain to clean for a few reasons. One: It’s really hard to get in here between the dash and the glass. And the other problem is: On the glass you can get an oily film which leaves streaks and is really hard to get off. And to understand how to clean the oily film off, you have to understand where it comes from first. So that oily film that gets on your glass is primarily from the off-gassing from the plastics in your interior. Most dashboards are made of vinyl or plastic. Or a combination of the two. And vinyl and plastic all have oils in them. And when the get very hot, such as when the sun’s beating down on the dash, those oils come to the surface and evaporate. And then they’ll stick right onto the glass. And that’s how you get that oily film. Another cause of that oily film is using one of those greasy protectants on your dash. And finally, smoking is really bad for you, but it’s also bad for the interior of your car. And all that smoke has to go somewhere, it goes all over the interior glass and just makes a mess of your glass. And makes it even more difficult to clean. So now that you know how the interior glass gets so dirty, let me show you how to clean it up, get it streak free, and crystal clear! And it’s really easy to do! Before cleaning the inside of your windshield, make sure you clean the outside glass so you can easily see the dirt and streaks that are on the inside. I have a video on super-cleaning the windshield which will make your glass crystal clear and repel water and dirt. I’ll leave a link to that video in the description and you can check that out after this video. Alright, with the exterior glass looking nice and clean, we have three main steps to clean the interior. The first step is to use a clean, dry microfiber towel and clean the whole interior glass. And then you’re gonna either use alcohol or one of these Mr. Clean erasers to degrease and clean the glass. This is what’s gonna get that oily film off. And the final step is you’re gonna use your favorite glass cleaner and another microfiber towel and wipe down the glass one more time and after that, it’ll be crystal clear. And while this process works on any glass, including the side glass and the rear glass, if you have rear tints, I wouldn’t use this method on rear tints. All you need to do is use some soapy water and a microfiber towel. Boom Clean! It’s a lot easier to clean tint. So let’s get started! Although you might want to clean the glass from the driver’s side, you have this big steering wheel here. So let’s give ourselves more room and go to the passenger side. I just want to let you know real quick; I’m cleaning the entire windshield, but for demonstration purposes, I’m only gonna show this side of the windshield getting cleaned. So step one is get a clean microfiber towel, there’s nothing on it, no chemicals, this is actually brand new. Top Tip: On your brand new ones, always rip off the tag. And what you want to do is you want to get in here and wipe down all the interior glass. A lot of times it’s really hard to get into these tight areas between the dash and the glass, especially where the dash and glass meet, so one method you could use that really helps is using the “backhand method”. And what you do is you face towards the rear of the car, and take your hand, and face the palm of your hand towards the glass, and you can see I can easily reach in there with my hand, all the way to where the glass and the dash meet. No problem providing enough force to clean the surface. So now that you know the “backhand method”, Step one is to wipe the glass off with a clean, dry microfiber towel. When cleaning the glass, you want to go in circular motions. Which attacks the dirt at all angles. Then, flip the towel over to a side that hasn’t been used yet, and go in an up-and-down motion to finish the first step. Also, as you clean, try not to let the towel touch the dash. Keep it nice and folded, and controlled, so that you don’t get any of this grease that’s on the dash on your towel. And then you’re just rubbing that grease back onto the glass. If you do, for some reason, get this towel on the dash, this towel is done, go throw it in the wash bucket, and grab a new towel and finish whatever step you were on. Another thing I should mention, if you don’t have microfiber towels, I’ll leave a link in the description to where you can get them, they’re relatively inexpensive, and they’re reuseable. With that being said, not everybody has microfiber towels, not everybody’s gonna want to go out and get them. So you can use regular paper towels, they just don’t work as well. Okay the first step of wiping down the glass – first in circular motions, then straight up and down, with a clean dry towel – is done. So let’s move on to the next step So step two is an awesome trick that I learned. And what you’re going to want to do is you’re going to want to use one of these Mr. Clean magic erasers. If you don’t have a magic eraser, you can use rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth, the whole point of this step is to degrease the windshield. But I highly suggest trying to use one of these Mr. Clean magic erasers. All you have to do is you dunk it in warm water, you ring it out, and that activates it. And then just take it, and clean off the glass in circular motions. Make sure that this is wet, you want to make sure that this has liquid in it, and that the glass is getting wet As you’re doing this, if you get any drops of liquid on the dashboard, get a paper towel real quickly and wipe the dashboard off, because you don’t want the liquid to stain or even damage the dashboard if it sits on there. It is a cleaner and you don’t want it to discolor it. So once you’ve finished your circular motions and you’ve cleaned the whole windshield, you want to quickly grab your microfiber towel and dry this off in circular motions. You don’t want the liquid from the magic eraser to dry onto the glass. You want to soak it up with your microfiber towel because in that liquid is gonna be all the dirt and grease that you’re just absorbing right now. Step three is the last step! So grab your favorite glass cleaner and spray it on a clean towel. Don’t just spray it right onto the glass because this is what happens… When you spray it onto the glass like that, you get all drops, all over here, and you’re just gonna get all that cleaner on your dash. And the little spots are going to create discoloration. So that’s exactly what you don’t want to do. Instead, get your glass cleaner and a microfiber towel and spray directly onto the towel. And then you take this and again, clean in circular motions, making sure you reach all parts of the dashboard. And once you do the circular motions, you flip your towel over to the clean side, and go straight up and down. And that’s how you make the inside of your windshield streak free and crystal clear! Use a towel, magic eraser – or alcohol. Clean it off. Use your favorite glass cleaner. Clean it off. Boom! Look at that! It is crystal clear, And I’m about to go test it out at night to see if there’s any streaks left. So the windshield looks great. As we’re driving along, you can see there’s no glare at all, there’s no streaking. It looks crystal clear – which is awesome! So here’s before cleaning the windshield. And here is after. What a difference! Hopefully this video was helpful! If it was, remember to give it a thumbs up! If you’re not subscribed, consider subscribing. Up on the screen are a couple of “How To” videos. To get to those videos, you can click on the screen, or find the links in the description. Also in the description are the links to all the products I used in this video so you can check it ou! My top tip for this video is to never use any type of shine or protectant that is greasy and that leaves a residue. You want to try to find a protectant that says: It leaves no greasy or oily residue. And again, with this stuff, never spray it while you’re in the car, you don’t want to spray it onto the dash. You want to spray it on a towel first. And then take that towel, and clean the dash.

100 thoughts on “How to Super Clean the INSIDE of Your Windshield (No Streaks)

  1. Thank you, Chris. Wish that I could wash my own car’s exterior, but I live in an apartment building, right on the beach, so the car is always dirty. But I really appreciate the tips on cleaning the inside windshield. This is a very helpful video. Clean windshield allows safer driving. Cheers!

  2. Alcohol and water mixed in a spray bottle works like a charm.
    Been don't it for 27 years.
    Micro-fibre clothes 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

  3. Do those interior anti-fog applications work for the inside windshield? Every time i have tried them, seems it may the windshield worse

  4. I am having a difficult time cleaning my inside windows in my 2002 Buick Regal how can I properly clean the inside glass Chris?

  5. To really repel water and dirt, just wash all your windows and then wax them. Let wax dry for 5 minutes and wipe off in circular motion. Be careful not to get wax on rubber and non glossy plastics. This gives you that car show shine. Do the same on both sides of the windows.

  6. You should always wear gloves when handling the Magic Eraser. It contains chemicals that will be absorbed through the skin that are very harmful.

  7. Do one about removing scratches from outsidw of windshiel. I heard soft scrub is the way to go but would like to see your method as well

  8. I can pinpoint just about where you live by your accent. I'm guessing NJ/NY within 100 miles of NYcity. You are def. NOT from the south. lol

  9. why did you not place the camera in the same spot for the after cleaning driving shot as in the before cleaning video.

  10. a better way is to use liquid car wax when it dries wipe it off and boom crystal clear much better and less confusing

  11. You're living one of my dream..suburb guy..hhehehh. Hey, don't forget the windows sometimes have plastic inside or outside for hard stops. Thanks…didn't know about the rubbing alcohol..but will try…its drives me crazy to not see too well…imagine if entire usa fleet could see better….so..thank you.

  12. Make sure you use a good window cleaner spray like this guy did on the last step. Windex will leave streaks … So all this would be for nothing.
    I like the foam sprays like he used. All stores now have this same thing called “spray away” I use that

  13. I might do all this and lay an old large Towel on the dash so I don’t have to worry about the drops on the dash that Chris talked about. Thanks man!

  14. Can we have a translation of these products for the UK market ? Just because you can get it in the US of A doesn't mean it's available, or with a recognisable trade name, in England.

  15. A lot of trouble and products to buy when a bowl of steaming hot water and any old towel will clean it crystal clear and keep it clean for months.

  16. Tried this out. A few thoughts:

    1. He's absolutely right about not letting the magic eraser liquid dry on the glass. I found it best to do a section of the window and then immediately wipe dry.

    2. That said, I was having a hard time using microfiber cloths to do this. They just weren't absorbing the liquid fast enough and I wound up with lots of streaks. However, it's possible I ruined mine by washing them improperly. I've heard that liquid laundry detergents can interfere with moisture wicking in athletic clothes; could be the same for these types of towels. Fabric softeners will do the same, though I didn't use any on my towels. Anyway, just stick with paper towels; they'll work fine for this part.

    3. Early morning or afternoon are great times to do this. Low-angle sunlight will show those greasy streaks just as well, if not better, than bright lights at night. Just park somewhere the sun will be in your eyes and have at it.

    Good luck!

    Edit: Yup, ruined my microfiber by washing them with cotton towels and probably also by putting them in the dryer. Apparently the lint clogs up the fibers and heat damages them. Lesson learned for next time.

  17. always have a problem cleaning glass in general. This just made it a little easier to finally get the job done. Also learned from a trained paint specialist that or bodies give off oils and the products we use like perfumes are oils that get into the air and on to the windows. Same problem holds true in your home where oils from yourself. candles,scented oils and cooking get onto walls, into furniture fabrics, blinds, curtains and bedding. Good example of how much is in the air shows up on your HVAC filter every month.

  18. So its exactly the same damn way to everyone cleans the windshield "hand, towel and cleaner" thanks for the super secret tip

  19. Chris you can also newspaper to clean up the inside of the dashboard window using 1 part windex to 2 parts dish detergent soap in a bowl of warm water and not paper towels

  20. Towel on dashboard > Windex > done ….. I was under the impression this is what Windex is for, streak cleaning of glass using ammonia.

  21. Since I don't use "Protectants" or "Smoke" I'm linking onto the "How to super clean your windshield" link, thanks ChrisFix!

  22. sorry chrisFix, butt as a former window washer, now retired, i do not agree w/ ur way… my wife goes 2 a car wash & uses their glass cleaner & typical red cotton shop cloths, they do not work well @ all… i think they make weak cleaner… wen she comez home, i hav 2 clean them again… i hav used micro fiber & i find they don't work either… different brandz 2… even 1s made 4 window cleaning… they work good wen i wash house windows, NOT on my carz, must b the soap i use… i hav sum blue towelz f/a mechanic i know, & those work just fine… the paper towelz i use work well also… i am using AMSOIL glass cleaner on my windowz now, seemz 2 work better than sum otherz i hav used… i DO like ur use of the " magic eraser " tho… & we both do not smoke sigz… & yes i do sell AMSOIL, just 2 b clear…

  23. Not sure I would recommend using a magic eraser. The "magic" is that it's a mild abrasive. Depending on how hard that abrasive is, it could make things cloudy in the long term after repeated use.

  24. Very nice, but can you please show how to clean in another car, for example Lamborghini to see how you clean the bottom of the windshield.

  25. Ty ty ty .. An instructional video on YouTube that actually works!!! I'm a smoker and I could never get my windshield clean until now. Driving day or night has become so much better. I am a delivery driver so I practically live in my car. Thanks and much appreciated.

  26. Alright so what I learnt from this video is that it is a pain in the ass anyway. I'm simply using paper towel and gasoline, removes oil and grease just as alcohol does and then clean one more time with soapy water.

  27. I've found that dipping a microfiber towel in the same bucket I use to wash the exterior of the car and using that to clean the inside windshield is super effective. Hit it with the wet towel, then quickly dry it with a clean towel. I'll do this before washing the exterior of the car so I'm not transferring exterior contaminants to the inside of the windshield.

  28. I love how you cleaned the exterior of the windshield 1st, and then, while you were cleaning the interior, a bird decided to give you a reason to clean the exterior again…lol.

  29. Steps list so you don't have to watch the whole thing.

    1. Microfiber cloth (or paper towel) dry clean the whole windshield.

    2. Use Magic Eraser, dunk in warm water, ring it out, clean windshield.

    3. Make sure to dry drops from magic eraser to prevent liquid from damaging dashboard.

    4. Dry off with microfiber towel completely.

    5. Spray glass cleaner on (new) microfiber towel then clean windshield as normal

    BONUS: Circular motions at first, flip towel, then go straight up and down to avoid getting streaks!

    BOOM

  30. plain old window washer fluid and newspaper or the rough brown hand drying type paper towels.
    Note: Never use Rain-X on the inside of any window! Fogs like crazy.

  31. Should have one additional step. Use a non-microfiber towel to wipe off the thousands of tiny blue (or whatever color your towel is) microfibers left on the windshield afterwards. Worked well overall, but need to get those fibers off the glass.

  32. you not cleaning your windshield… you are cleaning a foreign pimps conveyance presumed.. your Conveyance is not linked to the Authentic Secretary of State of 1781.. it is linked to a corporation that lawfully does not exist but is foreign and within the metes and bounds of "The United States of America".. Your car is not protected technically by law and not legalize situation… if someone came and stole that car out of that driveway connected to home that also is not protected with proper chain of title makes that a conveyance sitting on free land that is not connected to proper chain.. in other words technically, you wouldn't be able to claim the conveyance as stolen… you are presumed to be linked to 'the United States'… who is foreign and treats u as a company 24 / 7… so not only are you committing a crime thinking you part of their Corporation or Private Membership Association, you also technically are driving and not traveling down the road earning money but debt instruments for foreigners…and forgetting about the country… More important right now because I am the best business man in the world or problem solver in my mind, your t – shirt business is not connected to the proper trading company… You committing treason technically and holding people like me up and my goals because you fall in the line of stupidity… in conclusion, you also aiding a foreign corporation and on black market trading selling your T Shirts, along with earning a foreigners money instead of National Currency on here for views and aiding a foreign pimp… i cant believe you earn value off of cleaning a window in a car… your subscribers are going to be some good debtors

  33. Chris, great info and video again. Working at dealerships for decades a detailer showed me 3 paint sticks taped together for reaching the hard to reach corners of the ever sloping aerodynamic windshields. Tip #2 was blue bug juice, isopropyl and household ammonia at 8:1:1 Ratio. Still use that formula to date. Wife has hair spray residue on drivers side only. It took a few times to convince her why the drivers side was clouded.
    Again, nice video/ subscribed many moons ago. Thanks! Retired ASE Master.

  34. So, how do you get that space by the dashboard/window on the driver side?  I am a short woman with t-rex arms. Help!!

  35. i wouldn't clean the glass without using a damp microfiber cloth, don't want dry scratches marks from the crusted on dirt embedded in the surface greases to damage the surface. nice tip on magic erasers. final application is putting on glass protector to eliminate fogging and bird poo from sticking and rain pellets from staying.

  36. Vinyl is plastic and they’re both basically oil. 😆

    I’m just busting your chops in fun. Good work. Thanks for the video!

  37. Good video Chris. One advice I'd add is to first clean the dash so you don't contaminate your microfiber with dirt or oils and add them to the glass.

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