Best DIY Solution to Clean Car Windows

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A clean car can make you feel proud and confident, and clean windows play a major role in the overall appearance of your car. 

However, commercial window cleaning products can be expensive and may contain harsh chemicals that can damage the tint or surfaces of your car’s windows.

In this article, I’ll show you how to clean your car windows the natural way by using vinegar and distilled water

This DIY solution is not only affordable, but it is also safe and effective in removing streaks and grime from your car windows.

Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

  • Distilled water
  • White vinegar
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Spray bottle
  • Squeegee (optional)


  1. Fill the spray bottle with a solution of equal parts distilled water and white vinegar. Shake well.
  2. Spray the solution onto one of the windows and use the microfiber cloth to wipe it clean in a circular motion.
  3. Repeat the process on all the windows of your car.
  4. For stubborn spots and streaks, spray more of the solution onto the microfiber cloth and apply more pressure.
  5. Use a dry part of the microfiber cloth to wipe away any excess moisture and prevent streaks. You can also use a squeegee to make the process quicker.

Important Reminder:

Before using this DIY solution, it’s important to check if your car windows have a special film, tint, or coating

Some special coatings or films can be damaged by vinegar, and using this solution on those windows can result in discoloration or other forms of damage. If you’re unsure if your car windows have a special film or coating, consult with a professional or the manufacturer of your car. 

Additionally, it’s recommended to test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area of the window before using it on the entire surface to ensure that it won’t react negatively with any coatings or films.

Why Vinegar Works

Vinegar works as a cleaning solution because it contains acetic acid. This acid acts as a natural disinfectant and cuts through grease, grime, and dirt. 

The acidity of vinegar also helps to remove mineral deposits and other substances that can cause streaks and cloudiness on car windows. 

When mixed with water, vinegar creates a solution that is gentle enough to clean car windows without damaging them, yet strong enough to effectively remove stubborn dirt and grime.

Why Use Distilled Water?

Distilled water is used in the cleaning solution because it is free of minerals and impurities that can leave streaks and residue on car windows. 

Regular tap water contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium that can cause buildup on the windows over time, leading to cloudiness and streaks. 

Using distilled water in the cleaning solution helps to prevent this buildup, resulting in cleaner and clearer windows. 

Additionally, distilled water is purer than tap water, so it won’t leave any mineral deposits behind that could potentially harm the windows or the car’s tint or surfaces.

Is Vinegar Safe to Use on Car Windows?

Yes, vinegar is safe for cleaning car windows when used in the correct proportion. When mixed with distilled water in equal parts, vinegar can effectively remove streaks and grime without damaging the tint or surfaces of the windows. 

However, it’s important to avoid using undiluted vinegar as it can cause damage to the windows over time. It’s also recommended to test a small, inconspicuous area of the window first to ensure that it doesn’t react negatively with any coatings or films on the windows.


Cleaning your car windows with this DIY solution is quick, easy, and cost-effective. 

By using only two simple ingredients, distilled water, and white vinegar, you can get your windows looking crystal clear without risking damage to your car’s tint or surfaces. 

Regular cleaning will keep your windows in tip-top shape, ensuring that you can drive with confidence and pride.

Is your car’s interior looking a bit grungy? Read 5 Natural Products to Use for Cleaning Your Car’s Interior.

Thanks for reading.

-Baking Soda Guy

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