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How To Remove a Sticker From a Car Windshield

How To Remove a Sticker From a Car Windshield

It’s not unusual to have stickers on your windshield or other windows in your vehicle. Some grant access to parking areas, pre-pay tolls and enter gated areas, while others are used for decoration.

Regardless of why a sticker is in place on the glass in your vehicle, you may want or need to remove it at some point. Unfortunately, this is where things become sticky (pun intended!).

Even if you get some stickers removed successfully, they will likely leave a sticky residue. While this can be frustrating, there are some tips you can use to remove stickers off your vehicle glass completely and easily.

The best methods for removing stickers from your car’s windshield include soapy water, rubbing alcohol, baking soda, or adhesive remover. Each is an effective solution that will help you get a residue-free windshield quickly.

Keep reading to learn more about these sticker-removal methods to free your vehicle glass from the sticky residue they leave behind.

Before You Start Cleaning

It’s a good idea to clean your vehicle’s windshield regularly to keep it free from dirt, dust, and debris. Even if it doesn’t look dirty, this will help you avoid issues, cracks, and breaks.

Also, too much dust accumulated on your windshield can cause damage to the wipers.

When it comes to stickers, though, special attention needs to go into the cleaning process.

Plan First

When cleaning your vehicle, cleaning the windshield should be the last to-do on your list. If not, you may spill or drop liquids on it while you clean other parts of the vehicle.

It’s also recommended that you park your vehicle in the shade or a garage before you start to clean it. 

If you leave your car in the sun, the cleaner you use may evaporate before you have a chance to scrub the surface.

Get Your Tools and Equipment Ready

Be sure to gather the tools and equipment you are going to use. It’s also necessary to have a high-quality microfiber towel to ensure you don’t leave streaks behind.

Wiping windshield

Once you have your supplies gathered, it’s time to get to work. Removing a sticker from the windshield may require a bit of elbow grease, so be ready to dig in.

Effective Ways to Clean a Sticker Off Your Car Windshield

As mentioned above, you can use a few methods to clean a sticker off your car windshield. Learn more about these methods and how to make them work for you here.

Soapy Water

With this method, there are a few steps to use. These include:

Step 1: Peel the Sticker Off Diagonally

Work to remove as much of the sticker as you can by peeling it off in a diagonal motion. After this, you should get most of the paper part of the sticker off the glass, and there will likely be residue left behind.

Step 2: Apply the Soapy Water

Fill a bucket with warm water and a small amount of liquid detergent or dish soap. Mix it well and use a rag to soak the adhesive. When you do this, the glue will absorb all the moisture.

You may have to repeat this a few times until the residue is saturated.

Step 3: Scrape the Residue Off the Glass

Once the sticky residue is saturated, you can use a plastic scraper or your finger to remove it. After the residue is gone, use a glass cleaner to clean the glass, and be sure to dry it with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Rubbing Alcohol

Another way to remove sticker residue from your car windshield is with rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol. To use this, follow these steps:

Step 1: Apply the Rubbing Alcohol

Pour some rubbing alcohol on a piece of dry paper towel. You can then use the paper towel to saturate the sticker on your glass.

When you do this, you will likely notice the sticker starts to get wrinkled and soft.

Step 2: Scrape the Residue Off the Glass

Use a plastic scraper or card to remove the residue from the glass. If there is still some residue left behind, you can use the same alcohol-soaked paper towel to rub it off. This should leave you with a residue-free windshield.

Baking Soda

Baking Soda

A little-known fact is that baking soda works great for removing stickers from glass. This is also a smart option since it is safe and non-toxic. To use baking soda to remove a sticker from your windshield, use these steps:

Step 1: Mix a Solution

Mix baking soda with half of a cup of cooking oil. This is what you will apply to the sticker residue.

Step 2: Apply the Mixture

Use a paper towel to dab your mixture on the sticker residue. Give it a few minutes to soak in.

Step 3: Remove the Sticker

Use a plastic scraper, your fingers, or a plastic card to remove the sticker residue.

*Important Note: Don’t use baking soda if you have tinted windows, as it will cause damage to it.

Adhesive Remover

You can purchase specialty adhesive removal to get a sticker off your windshield quickly. This is an effective method you can’t go wrong with.

Step 1: Apply the Adhesive Removal Product

Apply the adhesive removal product to the sticker residue and give it time to soak in. Remember, this product is specially formulated to soften and remove the adhesive, so minimal work is needed.

Step 2: Remove the Sticker

Once the sticker residue is saturated and you have given the remover some time to work, you should be able to get the sticker off the windshield easily. These products can be greasy, so be sure to clean the glass with a window cleaner when you are done.

Safely and Quickly Removing Stickers from Your Car Windshield

As you can see, several ways to remove stickers from your car windshield. Each method works, so you can choose your preferred option based on what you have available and get started.

Zach Reed

Hi, I'm the founder of! Having owned a wide variety of vehicles in my life, I was astounded at how hard it can be to find answers to common automotive questions. Rather than sit idly, I decided to create this website to help others!