Best interior car wipes 2020

Looking for the best car interior wipes? We test eight market leaders to find the champion of cleanliness

There are dozens of products for keeping your car’s interior plastics and hard surfaces spick and span, but not only is it more convenient to use a wipe, it’s also easier to get the cleaning power just where you need it. Many wipes can be used in the workshop or even in the home, too, which adds to their versatility.

Most come in a choice of packs and either your car or how you use them will be key to deciding which is for you. Tubs usually contain more wipes and are cheaper, but are bulkier to carry around. A sachet is ideal for popping in the glovebox but the price per wipe tends to be higher. So which is the one to keep your car gleaming?

How we tested them

We used all the wipes to clean a range of hard surfaces in our test car, including rubber door seals. To emulate the challenges in a hard-working car, we used them on a range of nasty stains on a plastic dash, including felt tip pen, light engine oil, grease and a smear of Pritt Stick glue.

Each was used for up to a minute and we noted progress and the effort required. Extra points were gained for having antibacterial protection and being dermatologically tested. The final factor was the price per square metre from both the wipes’ makers and online sources.

Verdict

Draper’s Tuff Texture stays at the top after our tests, combining practicality, safety, performance and price, but the Big Wipes Heavy Duty ran it close. The CarPlan finished in third place, and was the best car-specific product.

  1. 1. Draper Tuff Texture Hard Graft Heavy Duty Wipes 
  2. 2. Big Wipes Heavy Duty 4x4 Formula 
  3. 3. CarPlan Dash Wipe Gloss

Reviews

Draper Tuff Texture Hard Graft Heavy Duty Wipes – Best buy

Price: Around £10Contact: www.drapertools.comNumber of sheets/price sq m: 90/£2.15Rating: 5 stars

As before, we were impressed with the staying power of our 2018 winner. We cleaned much of the car’s interior and then did the tricky dashboard tests with just a single wipe, and it was still in one piece at the end. The aggressive, textured side was blue, while the smooth side was white, which made them easier to use. At 515 sq cm per wipe, they were usefully large, beaten only by the Big Wipes. Listed as being antibacterial and dermatologically tested, they topped off an excellent test result by being great value for money.

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Big Wipes Heavy- Duty 4x4 Formula - Recommended

Price: Around £11Contact: www.bigwipes.comNumber of sheets/price sq m: 80/£2.27Rating: 4.5 stars

At 600 sq cm these were certainly big; that’s over half as big again as the smallest wipes here. The only possible downside is that, if you have just a small area to clean, you might end up wasting a wipe. Looking similar to the Draper, they also had a textured and a smooth side, albeit not in different colours. They were very strong and performed well throughout the tests, working through to completion using a single wipe. With fewer wipes per tub and costing a little more than our winner, they lost a few points but still took second place.

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CarPlan Dash Wipe Gloss - Recommended

Price: Around £4Contact: www.carplan.co.ukNumber of sheets/price sq m: 40/£2.11Rating: 4 stars

CarPlan’s Gloss wipes were the best of the car-specific wipes and the cheapest here. Although the wipes seemed to be a bit flimsy at first, they were still intact when we finished. Apart from needing a little extra effort on the glue, they performed very well. We couldn’t detect the claimed citrus orange fragrance, instead picking up a very antiseptic smell. We thought this was the best gloss here, nicely between matt and very shiny. There was nothing specifically dermatological, but the instructions had a warning about not polishing controls.

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Armor All Orange Cleaning Wipes

Price: Around £5Contact: www.armorall.eu/enNumber of sheets/price sq m: 30/£4.44Rating: 4 stars

Unlike the CarPlan wipes, the smell of oranges blasted from these wipes, which did well in our last test. They were just as good this time round, ploughing through our four stains on the dashboard, only the glue needing a bit more effort. Like most general wipes, they left a neutral finish, neither matt nor shiny, and although they felt a bit flimsy, they stayed in one piece regardless of how hard we worked them. There were no claims for hand care or antibacterial protection, and they dropped down the order because we couldn’t find a better price. 

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Big Wipes Multi-Surface 4 x 4 Formula

Price: Around £12Contact: www.bigwipes.comNumber of sheets/price sq m: 80/£2.35Rating: 3.5 stars

These, perhaps unsurprisingly, lived up to their name being the same huge size as the HD wipes, while claiming the same eco-credentials of having a water-based formula, being 100% biodegradable and offering antibacterial protection; in addition, various conditioners will protect the skin. The wipes had no textured side and they didn’t stand up that well to hard use, especially when using a fingernail to get into tricky places. They smelled ‘clean’, almost lemony, and performed well on the dashboard tests but, like many, needed a bit of extra effort with the glue.

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Armor All Dashboard Wipes Gloss Finish

Price: Around £5Contact: www.armorall.eu/enNumber of sheets/price sq m: 30/£4.44Rating: 3.5 stars

Like the other Armor All entries, this had no mention of antibacterial action or hand care, just a few warnings about chemicals and possible allergic reactions. We were pleased to see advice about not polishing safety items (such as the steering wheel and pedals), and use on clear plastic and woven fabrics was not recommended. Once the cleaning had been completed, we thought the finish was almost as good as from the CarPlan Gloss, and the wipes were claimed to protect against UV rays. Cleaning performance was good but the high price hampered their overall score.

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Armor All Dashboard Wipes Matt Finish

Price: Around £5Contact: www.armorall.eu/enNumber of sheets/price sq m: 30/£4.44Rating: 3.5 stars

The third Armor All product was the same size as the other two: 375 sq cm per wipe. We needed to spend a little more time than usual on the grease and oil, but all stains were removed. Like the other two, these came in a plastic tub with a neat ‘twist and lock’ lid, which helps keep the wipes moist and ready for use; we also liked the clean citrus fragrance. The dashboard did look very matt afterwards, which may be a matter of individual taste. Like the gloss versions, they were also suitable for use on exterior plastic, rubber and vinyl.

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Halfords 24 Car Dashboard Wipes

Price: Around £4Contact: www.halfords.comNumber of sheets/price sq m: 24/£5.34Rating: 3 stars

The Halfords wipes were the only ones here to come in a sachet, rather than a tub, and this contained just 24 wipes, producing a price of £5.34 per sq m, the highest on test. The size of the non-textured wipes – 390 sq cm – was reasonable, because it was suitable for most tasks. At first we thought the wipes felt a bit weedy, but after some hard use in the car and on the dashboard, they hadn’t even begun to rip. Moreover, we got all the stains off with very little effort, but the price and the lack of antibacterial or hand protection ultimately let them down.

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