How many times have you sat down in somebody’s car and immediately noticed a thick layer of dust and grime covering the dashboard? Quite often, would be our guess.
Cleaning your car’s dashboard is something that many people overlook. And this is a mistake, as not only does a dirty dashboard look bad, but driving around all the time with all that dirt, dust and grime can’t be healthy.
The best cleaning agents will work effectively and provide impressive results without leaving a greasy residue behind.
As with many car cleaning products, there are many brands and types available on the market, and it can be challenging to choose the right one. So, to help you out and make your choice easier, we’ve prepared this list of reviews of the best dashboard cleaners.
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The 10 Best Car Dashboard Cleaners – Reviews 2020
1. CarGuys Super Cleaner – Best Overall
CarGuys Super Cleaner is still a relatively new product, having only been on the market for a couple of years. But in that time, it has developed a well-earned reputation as being the best car interior cleaner available on the market.
It is formulated to clean a wide variety of interior car surfaces including upholstery, fabric, canvas, leather, vinyl, plastic, rubber, metals, wood trim and more.
As a dashboard cleaner, CarGuys Super Cleaner can’t be beaten. It won’t leave any residue on your dash, nor will it leave an unnaturally shiny surface, and we particularly like that it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals that can damage your car.
2. Turtle Wax ICE Premium Interior Cleaner – Best Value
Turtle Wax has a reputation for producing good quality products at very reasonable prices, and they’ve hit the mark with their ICE Interior Cleaner. This product is a great multi-surface cleaner and is easily our pick for the best car dashboard cleaner for the money.
It is a quick and easy to use dashboard cleaner that is suitable for use on plastic, soft vinyl, leather and composite hard surfaces. It is useful in removing both dust and satins and won’t leave behind a greasy film or artificial shine.
While not quite to the standard of CarGuys Super Cleaner, we were impressed by this product and particularly liked the fact that it won’t streak or smear on glass.
3. KevianClean Interior Defence Dashboard Cleaner – Premium Choice
If you are looking for another choice of premium dashboard cleaner, you can’t go past this one from KevianClean. It is a fantastic product that delivers quality streak and residue-free results and will leave your dashboard with a natural low-gloss finish.
Like many of the dashboard cleaners that we’ve reviewed, it’s suitable for use on a range of interior car surfaces including vinyl upholstery, plastics, leather and other composite hard surfaces.
We’re also particularly impressed with the fact that this product uses bio-based, natural ingredients, and is free of dangerous chemicals and toxic fumes.
4. Meguiar’s Ultimate Interior Cleaner
If you are looking for a safe, easy to use product that will both clean and protect your vehicle’s interior surfaces, you may want to consider Merguiar’s Ultimate Interior Cleaner.
All you need to do is spray and wipe it away, and you’ll be left with a durable, clean and non-greasy finish. This dashboard cleaner is safe to use on all interior surfaces and so is also useful for cleaning steering wheels, centre consoles, door panels and other hard surfaces.
The only negative thing about this product is the smell. While most of the products we’ve reviewed have a pleasant floral odor, this one has a distinct chemical smell, and you may want to air your car out for a few minutes after you finish cleaning with it.
5. Chemical Guys Total Interior Cleaner & Protectant
This product from Chemical Guys is one of the most popular interior car cleaners on the market, and much of its success is related to its low price and versatility.
It cleans and protects most interior car surfaces and is safe for use on dashboards, leather, vinyl, cloth, carpet, plastic, wood trim, chrome, rubber, and more. Meaning you don’t need to spend time or money looking for a range of different products as you can use this one on almost anything.
It has a formula designed to help to prevent UV damage, meaning that using it will both clean and protect your interior car surfaces. Importantly, it also wipes clean with ease and leaves no greasy or oily residue behind.
6. TriNova Premium Dashboard Cleaner
TriNova’s 33534 Dashboard Cleaner is another easy to use, wipe on/wipe off cleaner that also doubles as a UV protectant. It is suitable for use on vinyl, plastic, leather and rubber, which means it can be used on most interior surfaces.
Having a UV protectant within the product means that it’s a simple one-step process to both clean and protect your dashboard from sun fading and cracking.
This cleaner also claims to make use of anti-static technology to help prevent dust being attracted to your dash and extend the time needed between cleans. We don’t know how effective this is, but anything that reduces the time you need to spend cleaning your car can’t be a bad thing.
7. Adam’s 10 Interior Cleaner
If you are looking for a dashboard cleaner that claims to do it all, you might want to consider Adam’s 10 Interior Cleaner. According to the product guide, it is “ANTI-MICROBIAL | ANTI-STATIC | UV PROTECTION | AIR FRESHENER | CLEANER | RESTORER”.
Now, we’re not so sure about you, but when we read about a product that offers to be all things to everybody, the phrase, “Jack of all trades, master of none”, immediately springs to mind. Of course, we could be wrong, but we just don’t place the same amount of faith in this product as its manufactures do.
It will, however, clean your dashboard, and it will do so without leaving any streaks, and you’ll also find it useful for everyday cleaning of all the other non-glass hard surfaces of your car’s interior. However, like several of the multi-purpose cleaners we’ve reviewed, it’s not very good on tough stains.
8. Carfidant Ultimate Car Interior Cleaner
Carfidant’s Ultimate Car Interior Cleaner is a premium-priced, scent-free cleaner with a safe, PH balanced formula. It is easy to use, employing a simple wipe-on/wipe-off method that is common with these products and will do an excellent job of cleaning your dash and other hard interior surfaces.
This dashboard cleaner is likely to appeal to those with sensitive skin and a need for chemical-free cleaners. It is suitable for use on vinyl, leather, fabrics, upholstery, plastics, metals and rubber and as such can be used on just about any surface in your car.
9. SHINE ARMOR Car Interior Cleaner
The Shine Armor Car Interior Cleaner is a new product that has only been available for about nine months. Compared with other dashboard cleaners, it is one of the more expensive brands, but it is quite useful and provides UV protection to your cars interior surfaces.
It is suitable for use on virtually all of the hard, interior surfaces of your car as well as on vinyl and leather upholstery. One thing to watch is that it is often advertised as being suitable for use on fabric; however, according to the instructions on the bottle that is not the case. While we haven’t tested it on fabric upholstery, it may pay to try it out on a small out of sight patch of fabric before spraying it all over your car seats.
10. Sonax Dashboard Cleaner
The Sonax 283241 product is both silicone and solvent-free and is safe for use on dashboards, instrument panels, door linings, rubber, plastic, vinyl and other interior plastic parts. However, it should not be used on leather, glass, or hot surfaces.
As far as dashboard cleaners go, this brand is quite expensive and is limited to use on hard non-glass surfaces only.
This cleaner won’t leave any greasy or oily streaks on your dashboard or door panels; however, we have read several reports from people who have had issues with it streaking on transparent plastic surfaces.
When you are looking to buy a dashboard cleaner, there are several different things that you need to consider. These include:
For this reason, you should check that you know how to use the product safely. All of the products will tell you the surfaces they are suitable for—something should check on the product’s label and not just the advertising material.
Some cleaners use all-natural and eco-friendly products, and you wish to consider this when making your choice.
As stated above, the ingredients of the product will limit the surfaces on which you can use each cleaner safely.
It is also important to remember that different makes and models of cars use different materials to make their dashboards. As such, you should know what you want to use a product on before you make a purchase.
How easy is it to use?
Cleaning your dashboard is something that you will likely do each time you wash and vacuum your car. As such, it may pay to have a dashboard cleaner that is easy to use, as it will affect the amount of time it takes to complete the job.
Many products only require you to spray the on the surface of your dashboard and then wipe it clean with a cloth, but that is not always the case as some others require multiple buffing steps to complete the task.
How effective is it?
Most of the dashboard cleaning products on the market will do an adequate job of cleaning up dust and small stains. However, there are not many that are suitable for cleaning extensive, heavy staining, and you should consider this before deciding upon a particular cleaner.
Hopefully, our reviews have given you a better understanding of the best dashboard cleaners that are currently available.
To recap, our top picks are:
Best Overall: CarGuys 8542145820 Super Cleaner
Best Value: Turtle Wax T-484R ICE Interior Cleaner
Premium Choice: KevianClean KC-24-ID Dashboard Cleaner
Featured Image Credit: Meguiar’s G16216 Ultimate Interior Detailer, Amazon
- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 10 Best Car Dashboard Cleaners – Reviews 2020
- 1. CarGuys Super Cleaner – Best Overall
- 2. Turtle Wax ICE Premium Interior Cleaner – Best Value
- 3. KevianClean Interior Defence Dashboard Cleaner – Premium Choice
- 4. Meguiar’s Ultimate Interior Cleaner
- 5. Chemical Guys Total Interior Cleaner & Protectant
- 6. TriNova Premium Dashboard Cleaner
- 7. Adam’s 10 Interior Cleaner
- 8. Carfidant Ultimate Car Interior Cleaner
- 9. SHINE ARMOR Car Interior Cleaner
- 10. Sonax Dashboard Cleaner
- Buyer’s Guide