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Best Car Window Cleaners 2022

Best Car Window Cleaners 2022

Glass cleaning is the finishing touch to car polishing, as it should remove any stains or overspray from the other products used on your windows.

Sprayed onto a cloth and applied to a screen, this ensures that the glass cleaner will not spoil freshly waxed paint or newly protected upholstery. We recommend to

a second, dry microfiber cloth to dry polish the glass – look out for special microfiber cloths for glass cleaning to make the job as easy as possible.

To find the best cleaner, we lightly sprayed oil on a side window to mimic the greasy film that builds up on interior glass. We swept minimally, ran multiple tests and tackled a dirty rear window to find a winner, plus we factored in the price.

4Detailer crystal glass

If you shudder at paying a lot of money for car care products, our winner here should put a smile on your face. Polish manufacturer 4Detailer undercuts many rivals in the test, delivering twice as much cleaner. It’s great value, and the five liter bottle is even better, at around £24.

The win isn’t just due to the price, though it helps in a notoriously tight test. 4Detailer also performed well, surpassing the side window test with a set of results that left no trace of the oil after minimal wiping. The formula is designed to evaporate quickly and we could see it drying faster than many others. It was supposed to give the best of German rival Sonax on the dirty rear window, but not much.

Taking the side glass into account results in that impressive price tag and you have a debut win for 4Detailer from the Morethanpolish range.

Buy now at More Than Polish

Dodo Juice clear menthol

As we saw in the trim test with Total Wipe Out (p66), the Essex-based producer has simplified its range by doing away with the concentrate option and now only has this ready-to-use version of Clear Menthol.

Dodo Juice says the “professional” formula is loaded with alcohol to lift grime and leave a residue-free finish, and it certainly delivered on the oil and rear window. Price doesn’t help where tests are so close, but it performed well enough to maintain its run of top four finishes.

Buy now at The Ultimate Finish

Armor All Glass Cleaner

A small advantage on the dirty rear window was not enough for former Armor All winner to repeat his win in 2020. It couldn’t match 4Detailer’s super low price, but it was one of the most cost-effective tests, giving it second place.

On the oily side window, it was a touch behind our other top four finishers here, but it has recovered some of the disadvantage on the rear screen. That price put it ahead of Sonax and Dodo Juice.

Buy now at Wilko

Sonax Xtreme glass clear

The packaging looks familiar, but we suspect Xtreme Glass Clear has had a similar makeover to the rest of the Sonax range. It hasn’t bothered scorers much in previous tests, with mid-table results at best.

That has all changed here, where it had the better of the other three here on the dirty rear wing. It also took a win in the second round of testing on the oiled glass. Price is not favorable for this company, but it certainly works well and amplifies Sonax’s improved performance.

Buy now at Clean Your Car

Now that your glass is clean, read our list of the best trim cleaners…