How do you clean car windows without streaks?

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While cleaning your car windows isn’t exactly the most glamourous part of detailing, it is certainly one of the most important when the rest of your vehicle is shining. To help rid yourself of those unsightly streaks, we’ve put together a list of tips to get your glass sparkling for the upcoming summer season.

How to Clean Your Car Windows Without Getting Streaks

 Do your car windows need a good cleaning? There may be a simple solution in your cabinets. According to Reader’s Digest, a mixture of vinegar, ammonia, and cornstarch can help you get sparkling car windows without leaving streaks.

Gather the Cleaning Supplies

Start by gathering the ingredients you need to make the glass cleaning solution:

  • Cornstarch: Helps prevent streaking, according to
  • Ammonia: Cuts through grease spots, like fingerprints, according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County (UNL).
  • White Vinegar: Helps remove hard water spots, says UNL.
  • Warm Water: Dilutes the solution.

You’ll also need a clean bucket to use while you’re mixing the solution. When the cleaner is ready, you’ll need a spray bottle and clean cloth, such as a microfiber towel, to use while cleaning.

How to Clean Your Car Windows

Follow these steps to get clean windows without pesky streaks.

Step 1: Create the Mixture

In a bucket, combine 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with ½ cup ammonia, ½ cup white vinegar and 3 to 4 quarts of warm water. Mix the ingredients together — Reader’s Digest says it’s normal for it to look milky.

Step 2: Spray the Solution onto Your Car Window

Pour the finished mixture into an empty spray bottle. Then, spray the solution onto your car window.

Step 3: Wipe, Rinse and Dry

Wipe the window with warm water to rinse off the solution and loosened the dirt. Then, use a lint-free cloth or paper towel to dry the window.

Step 4: Repeat

Repeat this process for each window on your vehicle.

Follow These Cleaning Tips

For best results, consider these window-cleaning tips from Angie’s List:

  • Wash your windows in the shade or on a cool day. The cleaning mixture may dry too quickly in the sun, which can leave streaks.
  • Wipe the windows using up-and-down strokes on one side of the window (inside or outside) and side-to-side strokes on the other to tell which side requires extra polishing.
  • Switch to a new towel when the one you’re using gets dirty. This can help prevent residue or dirt from getting transferred from the towel to the window you’re trying to clean.
  • If you’re washing the whole car, clean the windows last. This will allow you to get soap residue or car wax off the glass, so the windows will truly be clean.

Making sure your car windows are clean not only helps your car to look it’s best but can also help improve visibility while you’re driving. With this homemade glass cleaner and a little effort, you’ll have a clearer view of the road ahead.

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