How to Keep Dust Off Your Car

If you have a car, there is a good chance it will get dusty. However, if you want to keep your car looking nice and clean for as long as possible, it’s essential to take steps to prevent dust from building up on the exterior of your vehicle. If left unattended, dust can cause permanent damage that may not be visible but will significantly reduce the resale value of your vehicle.

How to Keep Dust Off Your Car

Here are some tips on how to keep dust off your car without spending too much time or money on upkeep. The interior is essential to keep clean, so you don’t have to worry about smelling bad or having stains on the seats. In addition, you can take specific steps to make sure dust stays off of your car when parked outside.

8 Reasons Why You Should Keep Dust Off Your Car:

  1. Keeping your car free of dust makes it look better and keeps the dust from scratching your paint job or windows.
  2. You can have a more enjoyable ride if you don’t have to worry about your driver’s seat sticking to you, which happens when it gets dusty from sitting out in the sun all day.
  3. You can make your car ride more comfortable.
  4. Your windshield doesn’t have to be as hard to see through, which makes driving at night easier and safer.
  5. If dust gets into the vehicle’s air-conditioning system, it could damage that system or contaminate your car’s interior with particles of sand and dirt.
  6. If the dust is very thick, it can harden and act like sandpaper against your windshield wipers or scratch the paint on your vehicle.
  7. Plugging up air vents with dirt could cause an accident by blocking ventilation to other parts of your car, like your feet or the brake pedal, which might make you hit the gas pedal harder than you expect and cause an accident.
  8. If a car’s air vents get clogged with dust, it could reduce the efficiency of your car’s air conditioning system by as much as 60%. This means your car would have to work that much harder to keep your car cool, making it less efficient and causing your car to use more gas/energy.

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10 Methods on How to Keep Dust Off Your Car:

1. Fine Dust-Cloth Method:  

This is a pretty simple method; all you need is the cloth (or microfiber that doesn’t shed) and some elbow grease to rub it on the car in big circles. Just wash your car once so it’s clean and dry before applying this method with a fine cloth.

2. Dryer Sheet Method:  

This is a straightforward method; you use a dryer sheet and drag it along your car repeatedly! I usually do this to the side panels of my car because they seem to accumulate more dust than anywhere else. It can be done to all sides of your car apart from the windshield because of the wipers.

use a dryer sheet and drag it along your car repeatedly

3. Newspaper Method:  

This is the same as the dryer sheet method, but you use newspaper instead! You can get away with using regular printer paper; just crumple it up into a ball before rubbing it on your car in circles to get all the dust off!

4. Wiping/Waxing Method:  

This is a very easy method, all you need for this is a microfiber towel and some car wax! Just rub the car with wax and wipe it off before the wax dries completely to get rid of the dust on your car. You can also use baby oil in place of car wax.

5. Toilet Paper Method:  

All you need for this is a roll of toilet paper and some elbow grease to rub it on your car in circles! The extra coarse kind of toilet paper works the best, but any will do really. You might not get all the dust off, but that’s okay because you follow this method with the next one!

6. Damp Towel Method:  

For this method, you need a plain, non-plushy towel and a bucket of water with some soap in it to create suds. Then, just get the towel wet and ring out any excess water before going over your car in big circles, just like the previous methods! You can also use a damp microfiber towel instead of a regular one.

7. Dish Soap Method:  

This method is done with dish soap and a sponge, but it can also be used with a cloth. Just wet the car with water before applying some dish soap to the car in big circles, rinse off the soap, and dry off the car with a microfiber towel. This should remove the dust quite easily!

8. Car Wash Method:  

It is advisable to use your local automatic car wash service for this method rather than doing it yourself at home for convenience! Just drive up to an automatic car wash, select the service you want (preferably the hand dry service so you can get all of the dust off your car), and drive-in!

9. Car Drying Method:  

This is a pretty easy method, all you need to do is use your windshield wipers and windshield washer fluid to get the dust off! You can also use a squeegee if you don’t mind spending the extra money.

10. Shop Vacuum Cleaner Method:

All you need for this is a shop vacuum cleaner and the hose attachment! Just insert the hose into your car’s air intake, turn on the vacuum cleaner to suck out all of the dust in your vehicle. You can do this multiple times if you want to make sure that your car is dust-free before leaving it somewhere.

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Tips to Prevent Dust From Your Car in the Future:

  1. Wipe your car down with a wet towel before washing it.
  2. Spray the windshield and windows with water regarding cars that don’t have rai (if desired.
  3. Use a squeegee or microfiber cloth to dry off your car completely, removing as much water as possible.
  4. Dry the car immediately after spraying it with water to ensure it’s not wet for more than 5-7 seconds.
  5. Use a leather chamois (or microfiber towel) to dry the car. Do not use paper towels or toilet paper; they can scratch your paint if scrubbed on too hard, and there is no way of knowing how sharp the edges of the paper are.Use Microfiber Towel to Dry the Car
  6. Refrain from waxing your car for at least 24 hours after washing it; this will help you get rid of any excess dirt that has adhered to the paint since you last cleaned it.
  7. Do not use dish soap or laundry detergent when washing your car, as these soaps have chemicals not meant for paint. Also, do not use anything with bleach.
  8. Keep your car out of direct sunlight as much as possible to avoid excess heat damage, especially when it is hot outside.


Car detailing is expensive and time-consuming. The best way to keep dust off your car in the long term is by using a paint sealant or wax every few months. This will protect your vehicle from both environmental degradation and UV rays that can fade the color of your car’s paint job over time. However, if you’re not interested in investing money into this, some at-home remedies might work for you!

Make sure to use an applicator with a microfiber fabric not to scratch up the surface of your car’s exterior while applying these products. Also, we recommend giving yourself plenty of space around the area where you’ll be working so you don’t get anything dirty outside of what needs cleaning when wiping down surfaces. We hope this blog post on how to keep dust off your car has been helpful. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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