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

  1. Man You're a life saver sometimes our brain doesn't work so those small tips and tricks. Helps us to remind and do a good job thanks for these tips (:

  2. good advice! thanks, a trick i use and works great. i dump windshield washer fluid in a spray bottle and spray the sponge side of squeegee, wash and remove, wipe off excess with paper towel(shop brand)(blue ones). works like a charm and way less time!!!

  3. My husband was a heavy smoker and would spend hours sitting in his truck smoking. Does this work for cigarette smoke and how and with what do I clean the leather seats and plastic? Is there a way to get the smell out of the fan air circulation system? Help!

  4. I like watching your shows thanks very informative great learning from a young man who knows what they are talking about .

  5. I tried this and the magic eraser didn't work all that well. I have a 2018 Silverado, so I don't know if the build up is due to changes in the plastic chemicals or what, but it just didn't work all that great (and it was a brand new magic eraser).

    What I've found, so far, that works better, but still not perfectly is ZEP 505 degreaser. Still searching for that perfect clean…

  6. Love ❤️ a clean 🧼 car! I can’t even concentrate when my home is cluttered or Isn’t clean 🧽 thanks 🙏 so much i have problems seeing already @ night time so this will help. 😀

  7. Hi Chris, what do you wash your towels in? Regular detergent? Doesn’t that leave some detergent on them? BTW, great videos, just subscribed! Nancy

  8. No problem.. I'm Gumby and young let's try the back hand method. Lol so cute. But being almost cough cough 40 and holding you are so cute. But better is you're creative and young. Keep up the good work kid. You really did a great job w/o b.s. and straight to the point; didn't over talk. God bless I hope you go far.

  9. Hallelujah! Finally! Someone who could tell me what was getting the inside of my windows so greasy dirty! I can not stand a dirty, foggy windshield! I can't thank you enough, Chris! You are a blessing!

  10. The Mr. Clean tip is excellent. Unfortunately, using a micro fiber cloth as well as using paper towels is a very bad idea!
    Why? Micro fiber cloth is made of synthetic materials that are made from petroleum by-products. This means that
    micro fiber has oil in it that leaves behind a thin film…not good! Paper towels, even the blue auto paper towels also
    leave a thin film. Paper towels contain chlorine and formaldehyde which may be the culprit. Always use 100% cotton towels only!!!

  11. Cris fux.
    Crystal clear huh ?
    This shit doesn’t work, after 2 quarts of alcohol and a full bottle of window cleaner and 13 hours of back breaking labor, that off gassing shit is on that glass forever, the only thing that is going to solve this shit is a new wind shield .

  12. Best tool for inside of the windshield is a swiffer head with a dry microfiber. No back hand motion, get the entire windshield while standing outside

  13. just wanted to point out that if anyone is worried about dripping onto the dash you could just lay a towel down first or some kind of drop cloth/plastic with cloth on top would probably be best, even newspapers or paper towels would help 🙂 this video had very good tips and you explained everything well!

  14. I actually would not recommend the magic eraser method unless you know what you're doing. If you miss any of the liquid before it dries, it will leave smudges.

  15. W-O-W !!! Self cleaning oven … who needs ‘em? Self cleaning windshields … that’s the thing ! U so opened my eyes !!! Will definitely follow ur advice . Thank you . Thank you . Thank you!

  16. Wow can't wait to try this! Thank you so many great tips. I'm sure my chiropractor wouldn't approve of the backhand wiping, but for a clean windshield I'll try it. 😁

  17. I am deffinitly 1 of those OCD mutherfuckers when it comes to my auto glass. (truck driver by trade) I fucking HATE streaks, bugs, snot & bird shit on my glass.

    Good video brudder. Muchos thankyouos!

  18. Actually the sponges do not have any chemicals that are released, and are made of melamine foam that expands when submerged in warm water catching dirt particles in between itself. So it would not stain the dash or other interior materials and is just water, but still wipe it up

  19. Nowex glass cleaning cloths changed my glass cleaning life!
    No smelly cleaners just hot water and 2 norwex cloths
    no streaks and much faster then this videos method

  20. Great video nice job! Three things that might help. 1. Put an old plastic sheet over the dash to protect it from cleaners falling on it. 2. Remove the rear view mirror it’s only held by a small Allen set screw and easy to get out of the way 3. They make a plastic arm with a triangular swivel head that has replaceable micro elastic bonnets that can reach all the corners and crevices of your windshield and evenly clean it!

  21. Landed on this video by accident when it autostarted after another one — and couldn't stop watching. Now I have to go clean my windshield. Great video! Nicely edited.

  22. You could cover your dash with a cloth or something else. and you wouldn't have to worry about what gets on your rag from the dash or getting any chemicals on the dash.

  23. This is one of those things I really struggle with, cleaning the windshield. It's so hard having to contort myself. I'm using your back hand trick, from now on. I also like how you clearly explain things, while your doing it and why. First off, I'm purchasing the mighty microfiber towels.

  24. I just made a mix of very little bit of dawn and a good slug of ammonia so that it smell strongly of ammonia in water and spray bottle. The ammonia really cuts the oily scum. Had to go over it twice and it's very cheap. I use a mix like that to clean the stove and such replacing a lot of pricey store bought stuff. Vary the mix to suit to use.

  25. Here is how to clean your windscreen on a shuestring budget . First get some warm water with washing up liquid in it, do not use scented as passengers might be allergic to the scent. Then you need a sponge. Dampen the sponge in the solution then clean the glass with it. Then repeat cleaning with plain water then dry the windscreen with newspaper and you will get a perfectly clean streak free windscreen with no expensive cleaner. The paper acts like a chammis leather.

  26. More annoying than a greasy windshield: hands waving around unnaturally in a video when someone is talking. STOP IT WITH THIS MORONIC BULLSHIT

  27. That cup of warm water sitting precariously on the arm rest had me at "hello", true enough before long, it was all over my upholstery. Whew…, just a dream.

  28. I am a clean window fanatic. My home is in an area with salt water saturated air. I just used this on my house windows and it worked CRAZY well! Waiting for the sun to set to get the oblique light and see if there are any streaks. Going outside to do my car right now!

  29. I thought he had some new flexi mop with a WONDER chemical to squirt out of, without dislocating my frigging shoulder. IT'S THE PAIN INDUCING ACCESS–( OR LACK OF) THAT'S THE PROBLEM.
    by the time all this activity is over, i'd need a rest.

  30. I no longer smoke, I quit 20 years ago. But I now got into vaping. It's much worse for your windshield. First of all, unless I an going to was the entire car, which is pretty much an all day job for me since I am so picky, to clean the outside of the windshield, I use a garden sprayer bought specifically for the purpose, filled wit distilled water, Windex, and a Scotchbrite pad. Use the green side of the pad. It will NOT scratch the glass. Spray Windex on the windshield, and scrub it clean with the green side of the Scotchbrite pad. It will remove all the bugs and dirt. Now take the garden sprayer and use the distilled water to rinse everything off. DO NOT wipe it dry. The distilled water will dry spot and streak free. On the inside, Chris' method works, but not around the edges and corners. I have yet to find any way to clean around edges and corners. On my old Pinto and Fairlane, I just disconnect the battery, and use a paint brush and Windex to clean the entire inside of the windshield, then hose it off with distilled water. Neither car has carpet. They have rubber mats, which are so easy to take out and clean. Modern cars are not designed to be cleaned inside, and they use way too much cheap plastic, which messes up the glass. Just accept the fact that you will never get it perfect.

  31. So I guess it's a trade off? If you use the greasy protectant for your dash it protects the dash from UV cracks and fade but makes the windshield less clean? Cant have a dash protectant as good as the greasy one can you?

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