Car cleaning: When to wash car windows for streak-free shine – Lynsey Crombie tips

Cleaning expert, Lynsey Crombie, has teamed up with Jelly Belly Car Air Fresheners to help parents dealing with car chaos keep their cars smelling fresh.

Lynsey Crombie (@Lynsey_queenofclean) may be best known as TV’s Queen of Clean, regularly sharing her household cleaning tips on ITV’s This Morning, as well as to an audience of 287k followers on her Instagram. However, the home hygiene guru also has some tips and tricks to help motorists ensure their vehicles are in top condition. 

When it comes to cars, windshields and windows can take on the brunt of a long drive, resulting in marks, smudges and splattered bugs.

As the winter weather ensues, adverse conditions can mean your car needs washing more often than during the dry, humid days of summer.

While it may be tempting to wait for a sunny day to give your motor a good clean, Lynsey says this might not be the best time to tackle windows.

Speaking to, she explained: “You should clean the windows last and ensure the sun is not shining on them otherwise you are going

to get streaks.”

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The cleaning expert also recommends motorists pay attention to their windows wipers, as these are “often forgotten about”, along with the space underneath the car bumper.

She said: “Plan before you start so you cover all areas or if you are cleaning the car with someone else decide who is doing what.”

How to clean window wipers

Regularly cleaning window wipers is essential as it can improve their ability to clear away rain, sleet and snow.

Begin by pulling back the windscreen wiper arms and lock them into position.

Most window wipers should stay up on their own, but you can hold them into place while you clean if not.

Experts from Halfords recommend using hot soapy water and an old rag to clean the wiper blade and mechanism.

If you have access to it, undiluted washer fluid is also an effective cleaner.

They added: “It’s essential to remove any soapy residue that might be left before using the wipers, so give them a final swipe with surgical spirit.”

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