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5 Top-Rated Automotive Glass Cleaners for Better Visibility

Dirty windows can be dangerous, so here are five glass cleaners to help you see the road better than ever.

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Invisible Glass, Armor All

When the topic of car washing comes up, the first images that come to mind feature glittering chrome, reflective paint, and spotless wheels, right? Well, there's another aspect of car cleaning that isn't necessarily geared toward making it look good. Don't forget about cleaning your windows, especially on the inside.

Your windshield, side windows, rear window, and touchscreens all accumulate gunk. Over time, grime can build up more and more, and slowly—almost to the point that you don't notice it. One quick window-cleaning session can reveal just how dirty your windows were and surprise you with how much visibility increases.

How Are Automotive Glass Cleaners Different from Household Glass Cleaners?

Ammonia

Many household glass cleaners, like Windex, are made with ammonia. While it's a great chemical cleaner for household mirrors and windows, ammonia has been shown to deteriorate automotive tint. And if you have tint on your windows, you know how expensive that can be. Automotive glass cleaners are designed specifically to be ammonia-free for this very reason.

Streaking

No, not like on a Friday night. We're talking window streaking. Household glass cleaners, especially those with ammonia, can leave streaks if exposed to direct sunlight during the drying process. This occurs when the ammonia dries on the window before its chemical evaporation process can begin. If your windows are really gunky, household glass cleaners might not be able to handle the build-up of contaminants, and they can leave streaky residue behind. Reports of fogging the inside of a windshield are also not unheard of.

While automotive glass cleaner is designed to clean streak-free, results vary by brand. Along with that, not all automotive glass cleaners are ammonia-free—it's essential to double-check the labeling of the one you choose.

Even if you aren't an every-Saturday car-wash kind of person, a regular window scrubbing offers huge benefits to your safety on the road. That's why we've compiled five of the top-rated window cleaners you can buy—because we believe seeing is important.

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1 Premium Glass Cleaner
Invisible Glass

Invisible Glass is regarded as some of the best stuff on the market, thanks to its streak-free finish every time. It's as simple as this: Spray on and wipe off with a good microfiber cloth. Usable for both the outside and inside of your windows, this cleaner is what the pros recommend.

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

We all like products that do two jobs well, right? That's exactly what the Rain-X 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner does—takes grime off and keeps rain away. This is ideal for your windshield and useful for your side and rear windows too. Just spray it on and wipe it off with a microfiber cloth, and you're good to go.

3 Glass Cleaner
Sprayway

This glass cleaner from Sprayway is great for car windows, and it also works on chrome, tile, porcelain, and enamel. The heavy-duty foam dissolves dirt and grime, even on vertical surfaces. Once again, it's simple to use—spray, let the foam do the dirty work, and wipe it off with a microfiber cloth.

4 Automotive Glass Wipes
Armor All

If you're just looking for something quick to keep in your glovebox, consider these glass wipes from Armor All. There's 30 in a container, which should last you for quite a while. The ammonia-free formula doesn't streak, but you may have to apply some elbow grease—depending on the gunk, of course.

5 Screen Cleaner Spray
Eveo
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We can't forget about our vehicle's screens—they're everywhere these days, and fingerprints aren't kind to them. You can solve this issue with some screen cleaner, like in this kit from Eveo. Featuring a 16-ounce bottle of spray and a microfiber cloth, it's usable on touchscreens, gauge clusters, and rear-facing TVs if you have little ones in the back. When you're done, you can take it inside and tackle your computers, iPads, and whatever other screens might be smudged up.

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