July 8

Homemade bird poop remover for cars

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Bird poop is among the leading causes of damaged paintwork on your car! I bet you didn’t know that, did you? As cute as they may be, birds can pose a great threat to the well-being of your posh car, especially when you forget to park it inside the garage.

Bird droppings contain high levels of uric acid that can corrode your vehicle’s exterior and leave it looking distasteful. It is best to sooner remove the poop from your car than later as the longer it stays there, the worse the damage! 

Luckily, you can address the problem before it gets out of hand! In this post, we look at some homemade cleaning agents you can use to clean bird poop off your car.

What is the Effect of Bird Poop on Your Car?

A car covered in bird droppings not only looks nasty but also smells just as bad. However, that is just the beginning of your troubles, there’s a lot more damage to worry about. 

The thing is bird poop contains a high degree of uric acid that eats away your car’s exterior. With a pH of around 3, it takes dried bird poop just two days to peel away the vehicle’s clear coat, bleach the paint, and even leave undesirable etchings after a visit to the car wash. 

Other than that, some birds peck at small stones and gravel that find their way into their digestion system. These small particles come out undigested together with the poop and scratch your car when you try to wipe the droppings off. 

The best way to avoid all this damage and any possible additional costs for repairs, is to get rid of the bird poop as soon as possible!

Removing Bird Poop from Your Car

The longer the bird poop sits on your car, the harder it will be to remove and the more damage it will cause. For DIY enthusiasts, you don’t have to take your car to the detailer. There are several cleaning solutions you can make right from the comfort of your home to help with the task. These are as follows:

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a go-to home ingredient for cleaning and deodorizing just about anything! What you didn’t know is that it makes for an excellent car soap alternative that will safely and effectively get rid of bird droppings, as well as other blemishes. 

Place two spoons of baking soda in a spray bottle and mix it with a tiny squirt of dish soap before adding a small cup of hot water. Shake the mixture well until it is fully dissolved to make your cleaning solution. 

To clean your car, spray the solution directly on the bird poop patches and let it soak in for around 15 minutes. Rinse away with a splash of water and keep on repeating the cycle until all the dropping stains are gone. 

This cleaning process will be great for cleaning bird poop off the paint job, windows, and bumper but can also be used to remove bugs from the front of the car.

Man cleaning the car

Carbonated Water 

The other inexpensive ingredient you can readily access at home is club soda. This is not only safe for your car's paintwork but also does a great cleaning job. 

Pour the carbonated water over the soiled areas on your car. You can do this using a spray bottle so that the extra pressure helps with the poop issue. Let it sit for about 5 minutes to dissolve the dried and hardened poop.

Take a slightly soaked piece of cloth or wipes and wipe off the softened stains from the car but you can also use wipes. This will get your car looking clean and fresh without affecting the paintwork.

For the poop stains on the windshield, you can simply let the wipers do the wiping job for you! 

Ordinary Window Cleaner and Vinegar

The great thing about the cleaning ingredients we are talking about is that you only need to search around your kitchen to find them. The next solution you can use to clean the poop off your car is a mixture of window cleaner and vinegar.

The window cleaner is already an effective cleaning agent but adding the vinegar or lemon juice enhances its cleaning properties. The acidity of the vinegar helps to break down the hardened poop while the detergent in the window cleaner leaves the surface looking spotless. 

Take a glass of window cleaner then add a little bit of vinegar. Take care not to add too much vinegar as excess acidity can be counterproductive and end up causing discoloration and other blemishes. 

The downside of this method is that you may not like the smell of the vinegar. Adding shampoo or any other sweet-smelling substance will improve the smell of the solution!

Unscented Liquid Laundry Soap

Finally, you can also use your liquid laundry soap to get rid of the bird droppings, especially if they ended up on your car seats. However, let the dropping dry out completely before starting the cleaning process so that you don’t damage the upholstery. 

Once dried, use a nail file or unused credit card to scrape off the dried poop. Alternatively, you can use any readily available tool that won’t tear into the soft fabric of the car seats. Pour a drop of unscented laundry soap on to the chalky white stains that remain behind and pat it in with a dampened piece of rag.

After about five minutes, when the laundry soap has fully soaked into the fabric, rinse the rag in a bowl of warm water and scrub off the stain. Continue doing this until the patch is no longer producing detergent bubbles and the stain appears clean. 

Once you have done this for all the pooped areas on your car seat, park the car in a safe place and let it air-dry. Just remember not to park it under a tree!

Pooped car

Alternatives to Homemade Cleaning Solutions

The above ingredients are great for cleaning bird poop off your car but since they are homemade and not specifically designed for this job, you may not get the perfect results. 

With this in mind, you can opt for alternative retail products that have been made specifically for removing bird poop. These will typically be available in your neighborhood store and include products like:

  • Goo-Gone Adhesive Remover
  • Bird-Shit Remover
  • Poop-Off Spray

Final Thought

There is no denying that removing bird poop from your car can be a pain in the neck! Most motorists would rather just take the vehicle to the carwash but if you want to save a quick buck, there are easy homemade solutions for this!

This article discusses several methods you can use to clean bird poop from your car using readily available homemade cleaning solutions! Now you never have to worry about bird droppings on your car again!

About the author 

James Ruhle

Hi, I'm James. I've owned everything from a 1998 Renault Clio, to a modern BMW M3 and even a Tesla Model S. I've driven from Oslo, Norway, all the way to Budapest and back, and am a roadtripoholic. I hope you enjoyed this post from Healthycar.org, a blog I created to share some of the best tips and tricks, as well as products I've found to keep your car in great condition.

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