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Best Car Interior Cleaner for 2022

From car upholstery, seats, carpets and more, here are the top picks to get your interior squeaky clean.

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Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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$14 at Amazon
Griot's Garage Interior Cleaner
Griot's Garage Interior Cleaner
Best general car interior cleaner overall
$13 at Amazon
Adam's Total Interior Cleaner & Protectant
Adam's Total Interior Cleaner & Protectant
Best general car interior cleaner runner-up
$25 at Amazon
Carfidant Ultimate Leather Cleaner
Carfidant Ultimate Leather Cleaner
Best car interior leather cleaner
$20 at Amazon
Relentless Drive Car Upholstery Cleaner Kit
Relentless Drive Car Upholstery Cleaner Kit
Best car interior carpet cleaner
$10 at Amazon
Invisible Glass
Stoner Invisible Glass
Best car interior glass cleaner
$5 at Amazon
Armor All Car Interior Cleaner Wipes
Armor All Car Interior Cleaner Wipes
Best interior cleaner wipes
$11 at Amazon
Chemical Guys Total Interior Cleaner & Protectant
Chemical Guys Total Interior Cleaner & Protectant
Best car interior cleaner and protectant

Ready to stock up on car interior cleaner supplies as spring begins to creep closer? Great, you're in the right place. After working with so many different products, I've rounded up the best car interior cleaner products so you don't have to worry about buying and then feeling buyer's remorse. Read on for Roadshow's top picks, tips and everything else you need to know.

Chemical Guys Total Interior Cleaner & Protectant
Chemical Guys

I wanted to give you one more option for an interior surface cleaner and protectant outside of the Adam's product. Especially if you don't care for the smell of blueberry, which the Adam's purpose cleaner product infuses. Chemical Guys Total Interior Cleaner & Protectant is safe on everything on the dashboard, door panels, you name it. You can even wipe down interior touchscreens with this product and it doesn't leave a greasy residue behind.

Comparison of the best car interior cleaners for 2022


BrandNamePrice
Best general car interior cleaner Griot's GarageInterior Cleaner$12
Best general car interior cleaner runner-up Adam'sTotal Interior Cleaner & Protectant$13
Best car interior leather cleaner CarfidantUltimate Leather Cleaner$17
Best car interior carpet cleaner Relentless DriveCar Upholstery Cleaner Kit$20
Best car interior glass cleaner StonerInvisible Glass$13
Best car interior cleaner wipes Armor AllCleaning Wipes$4
Best car interior cleaner and protectant Chemical GuysTotal Interior Cleaner & Protectant$11
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Car interior cleaner tips

  • Test a cleaning product first: I noted this with the carpet and upholstery cleaners, but you should always try a new product on an area you can't see to make sure a product plays nice with a material or surface.
  • Clean often to keep a car smelling fresh: The more often you clean up an interior with these kinds of products, the fresher your interior will smell. Most of these products do have an appealing fragrance!
  • A little car cleaning product goes a long way: You don't need to oversaturate an applicator or microfiber towel to get results. Just spray a little bit at first and go from there.
  • Clean windows first: If you clean your windows first, you'll then be able to wipe over any residue that falls from glass cleaner overspray.
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Car interior cleaner FAQs

What car interior cleaner is best?

It really depends on what you're looking to clean, but you can't go wrong with a multipurpose cleaner like Griot's Garage Interior Cleaner. It works on nearly every surface.

What do car detailers use to clean interiors?

Just like you, they pick the products they like best! You'd be surprised at the brands used by professional detailers.

How do I get rid of stinky smells in my car and keep it smelling fresh?

Locate the main source of the odor. Maybe it's something stuck under the seat or an item you forgot about. Once you dispose of that, be sure to vacuum well and use any of the products on this list to clean the whole interior. You can even leave your windows down to air the smell out.

What is the best thing to clean a car dashboard with?

Always select a car interior cleaning product meant for car plastics and leathers. Whether you prefer something that can simply clean the dashboard or you'd rather leave behind a UV protection layer is up to you.

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