How to Make Your Car Windows Shine Like Brand New

Maya Devi

You might have spent hours washing your car, scrubbing off sticky or hardened substances, and wiping the dirt from every corner. But then the car dries, and water spots appear. When all other parts of your car glisten and look brand new, the windows will look unclean.

Why does it happen?

According to EcoPure, about 85 percent of water in the USA is hard water, and therefore, the chances of your house running on hard water are high. This means that no matter how much you wash your car, your windows could have leftover mineral deposits after the water evaporates.

I feel your pain. Luckily, I know a few tricks to keep car windows squeaky clean with easily accessible things found in most households.

How to Clean Hard Water Spots from Car Windows

Here are a few tried and tested tricks I use to keep my car windows spotless:

Using vinegar solution

Typically, the perfect vinegar solution for window cleaning is a mixture of 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 cups distilled water, and 1/2 tsp dish detergent in a spray bottle.

But if you’re using vinegar for the first time on your windows or it’s been a while since you last cleaned them, use a concentrated vinegar solution. Shake the mixture well in the bottle before spraying it on the window.

On the other hand, if you’ve been regularly cleaning your windows, you can reduce the concentration of ingredients in the solution or just make a vinegar solution of vinegar and water in 1:1 ratio.

Note: You can also use this solution to clean hardened tree sap off your car.

Note: For an extra kick, add lemon juice to the vinegar solution. Not only will the solution ensure freshness, but it’ll also give your windows a pleasant citrusy smell.

Using Baking Soda

Are your windows so dirty that you can’t see through them? All you need is the best natural glass cleaner - baking soda.

Sprinkle some baking soda on a wet microfiber cloth and brush away the dirt and grime from the window before using the vinegar solution. Don’t forget to wipe down the window after cleaning to give it a finish.

Using Toothpaste cleaner

Are you concerned that baking soda will scratch your windows? Although baking soda acts as sandpaper on glass, it doesn’t lead to scratches.

If not, you can use Non-gel toothpaste instead of baking soda. Non-gel toothpaste has gritty and abrasive ingredients that help clean plaque and buildup from your teeth and also your car windows.

Just squirt a small amount of the paste onto a clean microfibre and wipe down the windows.

Extra Tip: Get your windows to sparkle by following up cleaning with buffing with chamois cloth or a clean chalkboard eraser.

You can try these tips easily at home instead of investing in other expensive cleaning solutions. Although you’re not exposing yourself to harmful chemicals here, I insist you wear gloves and take other safety precautions while trying out these tricks. You can also consult an expert if you need professional guidance.

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