Vape residue can sometimes leave a film on surfaces like windshields. To remove vape residue from your windshield, follow these steps:

how to get vape residue off windshield

Gather Supplies:

  • Glass cleaner (ammonia-free is preferred)
  • Microfiber cloth or soft lint-free cloth
  • Water

Test in a Small Area:

Before cleaning the entire windshield, test the cleaning solution in a small, inconspicuous area to ensure it doesn’t damage or discolor the glass.

  1. Mix Cleaning Solution: If you’re not using a ready-made glass cleaner, you can mix your own cleaning solution by diluting a small amount of mild dish soap in water. Avoid using solutions containing ammonia, as it can damage some car interiors and window tints.
  2. Apply the Cleaning Solution: Dip a microfiber cloth or soft lint-free cloth into the cleaning solution, wring out any excess liquid, and gently wipe the vape residue on the windshield. Start with a gentle touch to avoid scratching the glass.
  3. Gently Scrub: If the residue is stubborn, you can gently scrub the area using the damp cloth. Use light pressure and circular motions to avoid scratching the glass.
  4. Rinse and Wipe: After scrubbing, rinse the area with clean water using a separate clean, damp cloth. Then, dry the area using a dry part of the cloth. This helps prevent streaks.
  5. Dry and Inspect: Wipe the entire windshield dry with a clean, dry microfiber cloth to prevent water spots. Inspect the glass to ensure the vape residue is completely removed.
  6. Repeat if Necessary: If there is still residue left, you may need to repeat the cleaning process. For stubborn residue, you can use a specialized glass cleaner designed to remove tough stains.
  7. Regular Maintenance: To prevent vape residue from building up on your windshield in the future, consider opening a window slightly when vaping in the car to allow better ventilation. This can help prevent the residue from settling on the glass.


Always use soft, non-abrasive materials when cleaning glass to avoid scratching it. Additionally, avoid using sharp tools or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the windshield. If you’re uncertain about cleaning your windshield yourself, you can also seek professional auto detailing services for more thorough cleaning.