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)


  2. Wow, what a difficult way to clean the inside of the windshield. I can just see granny on her knees using the "backhand" method. Want to make life a lot easier on yourself? Get one of those Swiffer mops and take a couple of sections out of the handle. Attach a couple of layers of paper towel using the indents on the top of the Swiffer. Now moisten the paper towel with white distilled vinegar and go to wiping the inside of the windshield. You could finish up with your favorite glass cleaner but just as easily use a clean paper towel and some more vinegar. The vinegar odor will disappear in a short while. Just leave the window down for a little while. I couldn't even finish watching this video. It wore me out just watching all of the unnecessary labor involved.

  3. I find cream cleaners are best, they dont spread the dirt, instead lift it off into suspension. Bit more work but one step fix.

  4. I tried both methods, front and interior. Took some time but well worth it. Waxing my windshield also had an unexpected side effect. Quite a few chips disappeared

  5. Ok. I have some of that greasy film on my rear windshield, with factory tint, that I just can't get off. Everything just smears it around.

  6. Thanks! I watched this video twice then cleaned my windshield. I was thinking that keeping a windshield screen up whenever the car is parked, but especially on hot days, will help.

  7. Can you just clean my windows for me ? I'll give you a couple bucks. I suck at cleaning glass, this seems like a lot of labour

  8. This "advice" has serious errors!
    If you are using a Mr Clean eraser on the interior, rinse out nearly ALL of the soap first, or you will waste MASSIVE time and effort cleaning off the soap streaks! It is the quilted velour-like surface on the sponge that does the cleaning, not the huge amount of Dawn dishwashing soap in it.
    Isopropyl alcohol is NOT a substitute for an eraser: no matter how much cleaning you have done first with dry microfiber towels, you will still just keep smearing the remaining grease around.

    Paper towels not only don't perform, they leave lint all over, even the ones made for automotive care. Use microfiber towels, wash them alone in hot water and Dawn dish soap (yes, in the washing machine) on a long cycle, and dry on a cool/barely warm cycle to get out any lint without heat damaging the fine fibers on the towels.

    I use a window cleaner cleaner I make from water, rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, and corn starch that works just as well a ZAP, is much less toxic, costs much less, and I'm not buying a single-use plastic bottle that will never be recycled, no matter what kind of bin you put it in.

  9. Many moons ago this film that forms on the inside of car glass was recognised by technicians within the automotive industry.They developed a simple spray cleaner made up of 4 components commonly found in a home. Mixed in the correct proportions it will remove all of the film.

  10. Any old 100% cotton fabric can also be used to clean glass. We keep pieces in a sack in the garage for house and car windows.

  11. Just clay bar you windshield all you need is a clay bar and mist a speed wax rub the clay bar or clay sponge block across then wipe dry it pulls ALL contaminants off your windows inside and out ……all you need is 3 things spay wax ,clay bar ,and micro fiber towels 3 of them ….my customers love how crystal clear the truly are

  12. Magic Erasers have grit in them. They're basically a form of wet sanding. I do not recommend them for anything that is supposed to have a smooth glossy surface – such as glass in this case, because it can scratch. Your alcohol and microfiber cloth is a much safer option for glass.

  13. OR: You can use F11 and be done. Spray it on and buff it off, DONE. Takes like less than 1 minute. Plus all that bug juice you get on the outside of your windshield will literally wipe off. Amazing stuff.

  14. I use a chamois to clean the interior windows. I have no streaks. The secret to using the chamois is it needs to be clean as possible. I have been doing this for many years. It is simple, and never any streaks. Plus, I already own one that I use on the car anyway after I wash it. Just keep it rinsed, damp, and clean.

  15. I'm hoping for a stray rock to clean my pitted windshield. Plus the car was my sisters. She used Armor All wipes to clean the windshield and they were not the glass cleaning ones. It's cool out today. I'm going to try alcohol because nothing short of a rock has worked . And by alcohol I mean a 12 pack. That should clear it up

  16. Coffee filters clean glass well, without streaks or lint. One needs a few in your hand to clean with a glass cleaner. And, coffee filters are relatively inexpensive, from a dollar store.

  17. important to know….NEVER use fabric softener on those towels. It will leave a greasy finish on the towel….I don't use it on ANY towels in my house…..just smears the water around.

  18. Hey Chris just wondering have you used that mr. cleaner sponge to restore clarity on headlights? I know about the sanding methods im just wondering about this sponge which could be more easily than sanding

  19. Best cleaning ever!! Thank you so much!
    Also I got everything needed for $3 plus tax. Dollar store has micro towels, erasers, and window wipes with cleaner. Best $3 ever spent 😊😄

  20. Good video. Rule #1: never try to clean your glass in the sun or if it's still hot from the sun. I like ArmorAll's glass cleaner. I use it in the house too. The closest to streak free I've ever used. Invisible glass is a close 2nd. Never tried the Zep.

  21. Amazon – Azample 5" rubber silicone squeegee. It's just a simple rubber blade on a handle. Soak your windshield with glass cleaner and the squeegee it off, top to bottom. It takes less than a minute. Do it a second time to clean up any overflow streaks. Windshield will be immaculate. As a bonus, the top of your dash will get a cleaning when you wipe up the drippings. You're welcome.

  22. I did not expect this to work on a car that has been sitting for 3 yrs. I followed your instruction to a T. The last time the windows looked this good was when the car rolled off the dealership lot, the car is 15 yrs old.

  23. The alcohol you showed is 70% RUBBING alcohol. This has OIL in it.
    I believe the alcohol you need to use is ISOPROPYL 91% alcohol. It has no oil.

  24. Here’s the perfect solution. This is what window cleaners use on buildings. A quart of water in a container, add two drops of Dawn dish detergent and a cup of white vinegar. Use a microfiber cloth and wash window then dry with a dry microfiber cloth in circular motions. No streaks, cuts the grease, and cheap readily available at home.

  25. I hope there's a how to fix a bullseye chip in your windscreen in your next video a clean windscreen and a bullseye can drive you crazy

  26. Dollar Tree has microfiber towels for only a $1. I've always used Vinegar, or Alochol, or a mixture of the two, along w/wadded up news paper, which also does not leave streaks.

  27. Magic erasure dies not have any cleaning products in them.
    I have looked at I brands non have cleaning products in them it must be an American thing

  28. So Chris here went to school and learned how to do sales demonstrations and he learned well . Very nicely done and I just love all the really helpful tips I've been learning from his channel on how to make my car look so much better with alot less stress and work THANKS Chris. you rock

  29. You could use a large towel or rag to help catch those drop as long it not too soak to leave wet mark on the dash. Second best kind are bathroom mats because nothing go under the rug for the purpose to not slip and dies on the toilet.

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