Is your windshield blurry? Did you know that you can actually get a ticket if you’re in an accident and your windshield is too dirty to see through adequately? Follow these tips to clean road grime, salt, and tree sap or other windshield hazards from your car windows to ensure that they remain crystal clear for safer driving. Here are the supplies you will need:

  • Degreaser in a spray bottle. Try mixing Dawn dishwashing soap with water—it’s awesome for grease removal. Pine Sol works well, too.
  • Water in a bucket or large pan (distilled water is best—it has no minerals that can leave spots)
  • White vinegar
  • Soft scrub brush
  • Automotive glass wax (don’t use regular car wax!) such as Rain X
  • Old newspapers
  • Microfiber towels
  • Garden hose

Begin by spraying the windshield glass, windows, headlights, and mirrors with the degreaser mixed with water from the top down. Scrub all of the glass and lights with the soft brush until it lathers and any noticeable dirt or debris is gone. Then wash your entire car and rinse it with clean water. If your car is in the sun or if the weather is warm, you may need to wash one window at a time to prevent them from drying too quickly and streaking.

Next, fill a spray bottle about 1/3 to 1/2 full with distilled water, and add vinegar to fill the remainder of the bottle. Gently shake the bottle a few times to mix. Spray this water and vinegar mixture on the outside glass, lights, and mirrors, then wipe it off with crumpled newspapers, wiping from the top down in long, even strokes.

Now spray small areas of the glass with automotive glass wax (only on the outside of your windows.) Using a microfiber towels, use a circular motion to buff these sections dry, one area at a time. Be sure to overlap old areas with new to avoid missing any sections. Buff all of the glass a second time with a clean microfiber cloth to remove any excess glass wax.

After finishing the outside glass and car clean, clean your interior glass using the same process, but omitting the glass wax. Be sure to never use products containing ammonia on the inside of your car. It can release toxic fumes, and the over-spray can damage vinyl and upholstery. The Rain X or other glass wax will help keep your windshield, lights, and mirrors fog and rain free for better visibility and safety, so be sure to do this at least once just prior to the rain or snow season in your area.

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