At-home car washes can be oddly satisfying, but many people happen to overlook those hard water spots on their car windows. Even if you're using a glass cleaner like Windex, it can be difficult at times to ensure that no streaks are left behind. If only there were some kind of alternative cleaning solution to truly give you the clean windows you're truly looking for.
Well, there's good news. Car cleaning is about to get a whole lot better. Turns out, ditching the commercial cleaner products and crafting your own window cleaner is easier than you might think. On top of that, it consists of items that you'll likely already find around the house. Not only will it give you a better clean overall, but it will also leave your glass surfaces completely streak-free.
Below, we'll go over exactly what this homemade auto glass cleaner requires, along with a few cleaning tips so you can get that build-up of grime and smudges cleared up properly. Hell, this free shine might even get you to stop buying those overpriced window cleaning products forever. Check it out!
DIY Glass Cleaner Recipe and Cleaning Tips
- Empty plastic spray bottle
- One cup distilled water
- One cup isopropyl alcohol
- Two tablespoons distilled white vinegar
Starting with your empty plastic spray bottle, add in one cup of distilled water. To that base, you'll then add one cup rubbing alcohol and two tablespoons of distilled white vinegar. Once everything is in, give it a good shake to mix it up. Believe it or not, that's all there is to it. You have officially made yourself a quality fast-drying auto glass cleaner. I'd recommend sticking to the recipe, however, if you're in a bind, you could potentially swap the distilled water for tap water.
Now, you've got the right window cleaning solution for the job, but you won't make much progress, unless the application is done correctly as well. One of the greatest tips I can offer is to avoid any kind of squeegee or paper towels to wipe the windows. Instead, be sure to use a lint-free microfiber cloth after spraying the window down. This will ensure that nothing gets left behind, and the quick-dry formula will help that clean glass stay clean after wiping. Additionally, there's no need to spray too much of the solution on at one time, and you'll want to always wipe in a circular motion.
Following these steps will give your car windshield and windows a crystal-clear finish every time. It's also straightforward enough that just about anyone could do it. Don't just take my word for it. Give this simple DIY project a try, and see how it works out on your own ride!
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This post was originally published on May 14, 2021.