How to Remove Acid Rain From Car Windshield Naturally by Using Vinegar

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Cleaning your car windshield is a lot like cleaning your teeth: if you don’t do it, you’re just asking for trouble. 

Acid rain, bugs, and other debris can build up on your car’s windshield over time — and if left unaddressed, they can make the road ahead seem foggy or even block your view entirely.

Luckily, there are many ways to clean your car’s windshield without using harsh chemicals like ammonia or bleach. 

One of my favorite ingredients for removing acid rain from my car’s windshield is plain white vinegar!

In this article, I’ll teach you how to remove acid rain from your car windshield by using vinegar. 

Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Towels
  • Water
  • Squeegee (optional)


  1. Before you begin, use towels to cover up metal and plastic parts near the windshield. Vinegar is acidic and can damage these.
  2. Clean your windshield with a microfiber cloth dipped in water to remove any dirt or grime.
  3. In a spray bottle, mix equal parts vinegar and water. Shake well.
  4. Spray the vinegar solution onto the microfiber cloth, and then rub the glass with it for about 30 seconds. Vinegar is acidic, so you don’t want to leave this on longer than that.
  5. Rinse off the solution with warm water from your hose or from another spray bottle filled with water. 
  6. Wipe down your windshield again with a clean microfiber cloth before using it again. You can use a squeegee if you have one. Notice how much clearer everything looks now.

Why Use Vinegar for Cleaning Your Car Windshield?

Vinegar is a great all-natural cleaner, and it’s also a fantastic antacid. Plus, it’s an effective disinfectant, deodorizer, and stain remover! 

Vinegar is naturally acidic, which means it can neutralize substances like acid rain

It’s not only effective for removing the fog from the windshield; it’ll also leave your car smelling fresh! It’s also easy to find—you can find it at your local grocery store.

How Often Should You Clean Your Windshield?

If you live in an area with a high acid rain problem or if you drive around in a heavily-polluted city, you should clean your windshield more often than just once a week

This will help prevent the buildup of water stains on your windshield, which makes it harder to see through. 

In addition to making it hard to see, this stain builds up over time and can even damage your glass.

Tips for Keeping Your Windshield Clean

  • Clean your windshield often. This will help to prevent the build-up of dirt and grime, which could then result in a dirty windshield and make it harder for you to clean the glass later on.
  • Use a microfiber cloth when cleaning your car’s windshield, windows and mirrors as they are better at getting rid of grime than regular cotton towels and sponges. They’re also less likely to scratch your windshield. You can buy these at most auto parts stores or even at dollar stores if you’re looking for an affordable alternative.
  • Use a squeegee after washing down your vehicle so that all excess water is removed from the surface of the glass before drying off with paper towels or rags (which would leave streaks). Using one will also ensure that no water remains behind when we apply the vinegar solution later on. so, I highly recommend investing in a squeegee.


I hope this article has helped you learn how to remove acid rain from your car windshield by using vinegar. 

Remember, it is always best to avoid getting acid rain on your windshield in the first place by keeping it clean and well maintained. 

Did you know you can also use toothpaste for cleaning your windshield if you do not have vinegar on hand? It works just as well. See my article on How to Use Toothpaste to Clean Car Windshield.

Thank you for dropping by.

-Baking Soda Guy

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