The best glass cleaner for your car

Glass should be transparent. Find the best products for keeping it that way here.

A dirty rear window of a car

by Ryan Gilmore |

It's a never-ending battle to keep your car's glass clean. Spring and summer see it coated in pollen, tree sap and bird poo while autumn and winter will see overspray, mud, foliage and even snow slathered on your glass.

And while a decent set of wiper blades and some good screenwash will go the distance for your windscreen, some areas will never have anything to clean them aside from rain. This is why glass cleaners are such a clever way of ensuring you have maximum visibility to keep you safe and your car looking excellent.

The best glass cleaners

Rain X 88199500 Rain Repellent and Glass Cleaner

The best overall glass cleaner
Rain X 88199500 Rain Repellent and Glass Cleaner
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Our top glass cleaner is the iconic Rain X. Designed to not only clear your windscreen of deposits, but it will also leave a hydrophobic coating that will see water bead away from the windscreen. It's simple to apply, easy to wipe away, requires no buffing and will help your overall visibility too.

Pros Cons
• It’ll improve safety • Only 500ml bottle
• An effective choice

Autoglym Car Glass Polish

The best glass cleaner for stunning results
Autoglym Car Glass Polish
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If you're prepared to spend some time focusing on cleaning your glass using this Glass Polish then you'll be in for some seriously stunning results. Designed for acrylic and glass this polish is great for removing contaminants from the glass and will leave fantastic results.

Pros Cons
• Unbeatable results • Time consuming to apply
• Cuts through dirt

Autoglym Fast Glass

The best glass cleaner for a quick clean
Autoglym Fast Glass
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If you're wanting good results quickly then a spray-on glass cleaner like this one from Autoglym. Designed to quickly clean glass, mirrors, Perspex, acrylic and plastic windows it won't be as flawless as proper polish, but it will cut through grime, sap and finger marks for a streak-free finish.

Pros Cons
• Effective cleaner • Not as good as other polishes
• Quick to apply
• Can be used on multiple window types

Armor All GAA37020ML Biodegradable Glass Wipes

The best glass wipes
Armor All GAA37020ML Biodegradable Glass Wipes
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Perfect for cleaning on the go, these glass wipes are designed to remove dirt, grime and even insects to leave a streak-free finish on your glass. While it won't offer the same deep-cleaning as the others, these wipes are the ideal glovebox companion for when you need a stain cleaned quickly. The wipes are also biodegradable too.

Pros Cons
• Very quick to use • No good for a large mess
• You get 20 in a pack

Turtle Wax Pro 53515 Car Window Vision Glass Clean

The best glass cleaner or value
Turtle Wax Pro 53515 Car Window Vision Glass Clean
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The best value for money option is this giant bottle of glass cleaner from Turtle Wax. Designed for professional detailers, the product can be used to clean the exterior and interior of their car with ease. Offering a very generous five-litres of product, this glass cleaner may not offer the absolute best quality finish, but it'll leave a streak-free finish.

Pros Cons
• Excellent value for money • Not the best cleaner

Rainx 81199200 Anti-Fog

The best glass cleaner for dealing with fog
Rainx 81199200 Anti-Fog
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During the winter months, it's inevitable that if your park your car outside overnight you'll return to fogged up windows the next morning. And while a quick blast of the de-mist will have you seeing clearly in no time, there is a way to avoid it.

While this treatment isn't for cleaning your glass per se, it will help keep your glass clear. It helps prevent fog from forming on your glass and will keep you safe as you drive. And as a bonus, you can add it to your bathroom mirror at home to stop it fogging up.

Pros Cons
• Prevents fog in your car • No good for cleaning glass
• Improves visibility

The best glass cleaning tools

Invisible Glass 95161 Reach and Clean Tool

Invisible Glass 95161 Reach and Clean Tool
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Some windscreens can be a right nightmare to clean, especially cars with long dashboards. This tool will help even the shortest of arms reach the far corners of their windscreens and clean away unsightly marks. The tool is designed to easily work in corners and contours to ensure the best results possible. The microfibre cover is machine washable and will leave streak-free results.

Meguiar's X190301EU Perfect Clarity Glass Towel

Meguiar's X190301EU Perfect Clarity Glass Towel
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While any microfibre drying towel will do for cleaning your car's glass (just make sure it's clean), the Glass Towel will give even better results. It's specially designed for use on glass and should produce a streak-free finish and a deep shine in the glass.

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