Top 10 Car Window Cleaners

The best car window cleaners boost visibility and protect the glass. Read on for our top 10.

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Invisible Glass Car Window Cleaner

This glass cleaner puts its promise in its name — a streak-free finish that makes a driver feel like there’s no windshield at all. It’s good for tinted and non-tinted windows, and the classic liquid spray costs about as much as a cup of coffee. Or try the Reach and Clean Tool Kit Combo that includes a reversible cloth and extendable 18-in. handle. The handle also has a removable hook on the end in case you need a threaded pole to make it even longer.

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Rain-X 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner & Rain Repellent

Designed to tackle both grimy streaks and torrential downpours in one fast-acting formula, this glass-cleaning spray evaporates quickly so you only need to spray and wipe once. It also allows rain to bead and roll smoothly off the glass.

One Amazon reviewer rated it five stars saying, “The rain just flies off my windshield and leaves a good, clear window to look out of. I highly recommend this product.”

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Shine Society Glass & Window Cleaner

The all-natural, kid- and pet-friendly ingredients in this glass cleaner will disinfect as well as clean your windows. Spray and wipe once to remove dirt and germs, then spray and wipe a second time to make windows look truly transparent.

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Meguiar’s Glass Cleaner Concentrate

Use this concentrate to fill your spray bottles as needed. One gallon of Meguiar’s concentrated glass cleaner makes 11 gallons of cleaner, although you can play with the ratio of concentrate to water. At $24, you’re only paying a little more than $2 for each gallon of cleaner. Simply add water and go!

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Griot’s Garage Window Cleaner

Besides removing dirt and smudges, this window cleaner promises to defrost windows faster. It also doubles as an interior glass cleaner. The formula is dye- and perfume-free and reviewers also praise it for being all but odorless. An Amazon reviewer who gave this window cleaner five stars said, “It doesn’t have a harsh smell, which is nice.”

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Hendlex Car Windshield Coating & Glass Cleaner

The manufacturer of this two-step car windshield cleaner and protector claims that after applying this product, windshield wipers aren’t needed in the rain when driving more than 40 miles per hour. Wipers or not, a five-star Amazon reviewer called it “magic in a bottle,” and another five-star reviewer said, “It’s been almost two months now and [water] is still beading like I just applied it.”

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McKee’s 37 Krystal Vision Glass Kit

For glass that needs true TLC, the McKee’s glass kit is a five-step process that will restore perpetually cloudy auto glass. It’s a bit of a splurge at $40, but an Amazon reviewer who gave it five stars said, “We were told by [an] auto repair man there was nothing to do to clean [the water spots] because the etching was too deep in the glass. Doing some research I found McKee’s 37 MK37-515 High Performance Glass cleaner on Amazon. This cleaner is phenomenal! The cleaner needed two rounds, but the bottom line…THIS STUFF WORKS.”

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Xindell Windshield Cleaning Tool

Sometimes getting perfect, transparent auto glass is a matter of method. This reaching tool extends up to 16 in. so it’s easier to cover the center of the windshield. That allows proper muscle to be applied so there aren’t streaks.

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AutoEC 2-in-1 Windshield Wand

Also in the extendable handle category, this reacher-style winshield cleaning wand can double as a snow and ice scraper. The handle makes the tool up to 19 in. from end to end, and two reusable fabric pads are included. Check out our favorite car window cleaner tools.

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3M Glass Cleaner

This 3M cleaner is a foam formula that promises to tackle tree sap and other particularly sticky gunk. Because the foam doesn’t drip, you’re not in a race to wipe your glass before the product runs. One happy five-star reviewer on Amazon said, “Yes it’s slightly more expensive than other cleaners but you don’t need to use much and since I’m going to reserve it for the cleaning of my windshield, the bottle should last for years.”

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Veronica Graham
Veronica Graham is a freelance writer in Arlington, Mass. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post and SheKnows. She's covered health, politics, high school football and everything in between. Graham enjoys learning about the world through a variety of lenses as a reporter.