We have all been there before.  You just cleaned your windshield with your basic paper towels and Windex and thought you did a great job.  You walk away to throw out the towels and put the Windex back and when you return the windshield has dried and it looks terrible.  What happened?

I'll tell you where you went wrong and how to fix it.

First off, NEVER use paper towels or microfiber cloths to clean your car windows.  They both leave all kinds of lint and fuzz on the surface.  Plus they always leave awful looking streaks impairing your vision when driving.

What you should be using here is NEWSPAPER.  I feel that I need to overemphasize this with big, bold text because most people have never used or even heard of this method that I am about to explain.

The Benefits of Using Newspaper

  • It leaves behind absolutely zero streaks.
  • There are no traces of any lint, fuzz, or residue of any kind.
  • You are being a good Earthing by recycling your old newspaper. 

It's very simple actually.  Just find some basic newspaper, but make sure it does not have colored ink on it.  All you have to do is gently ball up a large page and you have your 'rag' ready to go.  

Now for the cleaning solution.  Most canned foam sprays will work perfectly with the newspaper.  I prefer this one:   

Stoner 91166 Invisible Glass Cleaner - 19 oz.
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I have used it hundreds of times and have never had any problems with it.  I like using a foam instead of something like Windex because it goes on more evenly and gives the window a nice even coat of cleaner.

I will have to encourage you to not use Rain-Ex.  The water beading 'technology' is somewhat cool and fun to watch, but it leaves a filmy substance on your window.  It may look nice at first, but eventually the window will become foggy and hazy.  

Now for the cleaning.  I would like to recommend wearing a pair of gloves unless you do not care about getting ink on your fingers.  Don't worry, it wont get on the window.  Put a nice even coat of the foam on your windshield and give it a few seconds to soak and do its thing. Then, with your balled up newspaper, gently wipe the window clean.  You may need to ball up another piece of paper if yours becomes too soaked.  Clean all of the foam off and let it air dry.

Take a step back and be amazed. :)