How to Remove Haze from Car Windows

James asked: I used a glass cleaner on my windshield. I failed to remove it until two hours later. When I tried to wipe the windows, a white haze remained. I’ve used all types of window cleaners, but a slight, white haze still remains. Help!

The last thing you want to see on your car windows is hazing or streaking. It not only makes it difficult to see, but can distract the driver. Unfortunately, regular glass cleaners contain soaps or surfactants which are notorious for leaving the residue that can lead to cloudiness. For that reason, you should always clean your vehicle’s glass with a product made for the job.

You Will Need:

  • Stoner Invisible Windshield Cleaner
  • Microfiber towel(s)

Steps to Remove the Haze:

  1. Spray a light coat of glass cleaner on the window.
  2. Wait several minutes for the cleaner to work on the grime, but not so long that the cleaner begins to dry.
  3. Wipe the surface with a microfiber towel.
  4. Repeat 1-2 times, using a clean cloth each time.
  5. Buff dry with another clean microfiber towel.
  6. Repeat on all glass surfaces, inside and out.
  7. Finish by wiping the windshield wipers with the cleaner to prevent them from spreading dirt and grime back over the windshield.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Be sure the microfiber towels you use are free of lint and/or detergents. Either one may cause streaking.
  • For best results, try to not work in direct sunlight.


  1. Barb says:

    Try cleaning with a vinegar solution.

  2. Mike says:

    I tried Invisible Windshield, but I didn’t wash my windows first, which had pollen on them.
    Result seemed to be that the cleaner crystallized the pollen dust, leaving spots that I can’t remove.
    So maybe step one should be to remove any dust or pollen first.

  3. Mike says:

    Thanks Barb.

  4. Billy Bob says:

    You can use white or apple cider vinegar and newspaper to clean almost any staining from glass. Vinegar is a mild acid and the newspaper acts as a polishing paper with no lint residue. You can dilute the vinegar 1 to 1 in water, but full strength shouldn’t hurt anything. Best of all, it is cheaper than store-bought glass cleaner and paper towels, and works better too. Vinegar doesn’t leave streaks either.

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