Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

How to Clean Windshield Wiper Blades

cleaning wiper blades

When you drive in wet weather or dusty conditions, it seems like your wiper blades always leave streaks unless they're brand new. No matter how many times you spray your washer fluid, the wipers leave little lines of water or big swaths of uncleared spots on your windshield glass. Do they need to be replaced again? Shouldn’t they last at least six months to a year?

The effective operation of your wiper blades comes down to their ability to apply even pressure on the windshield glass. You need a clean windshield and clean wiper blades in order to clear everything away from obstructing your view of the road.

Cleaning your wiper blades is a straightforward procedure that only takes a couple minutes. You need:

  • A few clean rags or paper towels
  • Washer fluid or hot soapy water
  • Rubbing alcohol

Before you clean your wiper blades make sure your car is clean. Either wash it yourself or take it through the car wash as the purpose is to remove as much general dirt and grime as possible.

  1. Lift your wiper blades from the windshield glass.

  2. Apply a small amount of washer fluid to one of your clean rags and wipe the edge of your wiper blade. You can also use hot, soapy water to wipe down the edge of the blade. Make several passes over the wiper blade with the rag until no more dirt comes off the rubber edge of the blade.

  3. Wipe the hinged areas of the wiper blade as well to ensure smooth, fluid movement.

  4. Wipe the edge of the clean wiper blade with a small amount of rubbing alcohol. This will remove any soapy film or residue that is left on the rubber.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.


Post a question and get free advice from our certified mechanics.


More related articles

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Flexible Clutch Hose
Common signs include difficulty shifting, low clutch fluid, and feeling no resistance at the clutch pedal.
P0222 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle/Pedal Position Switch/Sensor B Circuit Low Input
P0222 code definition Throttle/Pedal Position Switch/Sensor B Circuit Low Input What the P0222 code means The manufacturer specifies a range of acceptable voltage to be produced from the throttle position...
Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in New Mexico
The state of New Mexico offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch...

Related questions

Q: Windshield wipers leaving spot on driver's side

This is not really my area of expertise. Looking online, I have seen some people suggest using steel wool but I would be very careful with this approach. Test the steel wool in a small, inconspicuous place before using it...

Q: Heated windshield not working.

It appears that you may actually be experiencing two different issues with your Mustang. I do not believe the two are related so we will look at each concern independently. In regards to the rear window defroster, it is quite...

Q: What Size Wiper Blades Does My Car Need?

This is an easy question to answer since wiper blade size is tied to the original equipment manufacturers (OEM) specification for blades that clean the most surface area on the windshield with each cycle of pass from side to side....