How to Get Tree Sap Off a Windshield

Although trees can provide shade and beauty, some varieties also drop sap onto your car, leaving you with a sticky mess. If you happen to get tree sap on your windshield, don't worry. You can remove the sap fairly simply. You don't have to spend a great deal of money on expensive automotive cleaning products, as you can use a variety of products that you may already have right at home.

You can remove tree sap from your windshield.

Step 1

Apply a cleaning product to a clean, dry rag. You can use a thinning type of product such as nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol, or you can use an oil-based product such as mineral or bath oil, lard or even bacon grease.

Step 2

Rub the cleaning product of your choice onto the tree sap that is on the windshield. Use small circular strokes with your rag.

Step 3

Reapply the cleaning product and continue rubbing if necessary.

Step 4

Wash the windshield with warm water and dish soap when you have removed the visible sap to get rid of any remaining residue or dirt.

Step 5

Spray some window cleaner on the entire windshield and polish it with a lint-free rag or paper towels until it is free of smudges or streaks.

Charlotte Johnson

Charlotte Johnson is a musician, teacher and writer with a master's degree in education. She has contributed to a variety of websites, specializing in health, education, the arts, home and garden, animals and parenting.