Pets, kids messing up, Domino’s Pizza crumbs… (Sorry, I love those a little bit too much.)
It doesn’t matter how careful you are — nasty stuff will stick, spill, or drop on your Model 3 eventually.
If you have a white interior, even more easily so.
I dug deep into more than 25 Tesla forum threads and community posts —
Just to find out that the best Tesla Model 3 interior cleaner may not be a cleaner after all…
Try Cleaning With This Before You Spend Your Money
Sure, most websites will link to a gazillion products to get you to purchase something right away.
But let’s be real:
You may already have a cleaning solution on your hands.
That’s why I encourage you to try the first few mild solutions on this list — and move downward if you find they don’t fit your cleaning needs:
- Water & Soap: As revolutionary as it sounds *ahem*, simply damping a microfiber cloth with water and a few drops of soap may wipe off more dirt than you think.
- Wipes: Yup, automotive wipes exist, and they’re cheap. Even baby wipes may do the trick for Model 3’s vegan leather seats and sensitive dashboard.
- Interior cleaners: With more than just cleaning properties, they remove grime and stains, protect your interior from the sun, and leave your car smelling fresh. You’ll compare 3 products below.
- Alcohol: Rub a cotton with a 70% isopropyl alcohol thoroughly. Then clean the alcohol off with warm water and dish soap. You’ll also get to disinfect your interior — Covid won’t have a chance!
- If all the above fails to remove any dirt or stains, then I have no idea what you’ve done *scratch that* dilute degreaser in water (1 oz of degreaser for every 5 oz of water) and that may help.
With this in mind, here are the products many Tesla owners like you had an amazing experience with and recommended:
- Remarkable word of mouth in the Tesla community
- Useful for dashboard, seats, door panels & floor mats. Not for glass or screens.
- #1 Best-seller (16,000+ ratings)
- No harsh chemicals
- Nice scent people love
- Useful for all interior surfaces, including screen and glass
- Very inexpensive
- Long-lasting humidity and effectiveness retention.
- Clean every interior surface on the go
- Potent stain eraser for white seats
- Recognized household product brand
- No harsh chemicals. Only water needed.
- Moisten the sponge with water and apply with gentle pressure
Be careful with leather conditioners if your vehicle has “vegan leather” seats (every Model 3/Y produced after mid-2019 & every Model S or X after mid-2017).
Also, take into account that the dashboard is extremely scratch sensitive.
Many owners recommend using cotton or a duster rather than a microfiber cloth to rub the dashboard trims.
Best All-Purpose Tesla Model 3 Interior Cleaner: CarGuys
Everybody was going crazy about this product in Tesla forums.
It’s a multi-purpose cleaner that Tesla owners use in everything but the glass and display screen.
The before and after pictures from Amazon reviews are outstanding, showcasing the product consistently cleaning even 12+ years of accumulated dirt in one fell swoop.
If you’re looking for an affordable and effective interior cleaner that works with little effort and doesn’t have harsh chemicals, this is it.
Talking about “no harsh chemicals,” I find the lack of ingredient transparency particularly suspicious.
Ask about the product ingredients and the seller responds with “it has no harsh chemicals” but doesn’t disclose what the product has.
On another note, a few people complained about the spray bottle not working for that long.
Regardless, the product has shown to be effective and harmless to Model 3’s interior — and has a nice scent Tesla owners love.
I added this one to my shopping list without even finishing my research process given the remarkable word of mouth. 😬
Look into the product reviews and you’ll be equally tempted.
Useful for: dashboard, seats, door panels, floor mats. Not for glass or screens.
✅ Bestseller with 16,000+ ratings
✅ No harsh chemicals (or so the company claims)
✅ Nice scent
✅ Remarkable word of mouth in the Tesla community
❌ No transparent ingredient list
❌ Spray bottle may malfunction prematurely
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Best Wipes for On-the-Go Cleaning: Meguiar’s
If you want a Tesla Model 3 interior cleaner that rejuvenates your car without leaving it overly shiny (and without breaking the bank),
And if you’d rather clean things off right away, not allowing dirt to accumulate,
Keep a pack of Meguiar’s wipes inside your glovebox.
Unlike others, many customers confirm these wipes keep the interior looking clean for days rather than hours —
And retain their humidity and effectiveness for months rather than weeks.
The product seems to have a strong scent you may not be comfortable with, though.
And although the seller claims it works for every surface, I’d expect it to get rid of fingerprints and dirt but leave streaks on the glass.
Still, these are a must-have to maintain your car’s interior clean no matter what your family throws at it.
At a such low price, these are worth a shot at the very least.
Useful for: all interior surfaces, including screens and glass.
✅ Extremely affordable
✅ Long-lasting effect
✅ Clean every interior surface on the go
❌ May leave streaks in glass
❌ Too strong of a scent for many
Best Tesla Cleaning Kit: Tesbros Starter Bundle
If you’re skeptical about all-in-one products that do everything “good enough” but nothing exceptionally well,
Tesbros offers the kind of custom-made products that will make cleaning your Tesla easy and fun — inside and out:
- Interior cleaner (what you’re here for)
- Glass cleaner (some say it’s “the best they’ve tried”)
- Car wash shampoo
- Waterless car wash cleaner (particular practical if you live in cold climates)
Frugal Tesla Guy, a popular Tesla channel, discusses this Tesbros cleaning kit in extreme detail, product by product.
Here’s the review about the interior cleaner — and how Tesbros compares to his previous favorite product.
(Spoiler alert: Tesbros is now his favorite. He used… the CarGuys cleaner I mentioned above.)
His only complaint about Tesbros’ interior cleaner is that it dries off and leaves residue if you wait too long to wipe it off.
That can be solved by spraying some more and wiping it off again, though.
You can buy the interior cleaner separately — or grab the entire bundle and save yourself ~10%.
Useful for: entire car (interior and exterior).
✅ Natural ingredients (transparent list)
✅ Leaves no streaks
✅ Essential oil, neutral scent
❌ May dry if not wiped quickly
The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser »
As you can imagine, the black Tesla seats are a lot easier to maintain than the white.
Anyone who has ever worn a white shirt while eating spaghetti knows this very well.
The products above will work just as well at keeping your white seats shining, but there’s one more secret weapon in the battle against stained white seats: Mr. Clean.
This product is known as a heavy-hitting cleaning sponge for your dirtiest household chores.
But with the right technique, it can be used to clean your white Tesla seats if you’ve got a stubborn stain.
The key here is to be very, very gentle as this powerful sponge can really pack a punch.
It is abrasive and can damage your seats quickly if you’re pressing too hard.
Make sure you moisten the sponge with water and use only the gentlest pressure on the vegan leather surface to get out a stain.
Chemical Guys Interior Cleaner & Protectant »
Not related to CarGuys despite their similar name,
Chemical Guys’ interior cleaner falls short of our top pick because it doesn’t provide the same results nor it has the track record CarGuys does.
Also, Chemical Guys are criticized in the auto detailing community for their somewhat fancy marketing.
(They have a dozen products and release a new product every few months, each launch with very little information as to the differences between the rest of the similar products available.)
Still, most customers are happy with their products and that’s what matters.
Plus, their prices are reasonable enough for me to feel comfortable sharing their products with you.
This particular product is a more holistic Tesla Model 3 interior cleaner.
It has UV protectant for the interior surfaces — and it does work for screens and glass, unlike CarGuys’ cleaner.
If you want to purchase as few products as possible, this is a great choice.
It comes in a very affordable 16oz spray bottle for you to test before fully committing to a gallon.
Best Glass Cleaner for Tesla Model 3: Invisible Glass
Teslas have a lot of glass in them.
Regardless of whether you have your windows tinted or not, Invisible Glass will live up to its name.
Tesla owners that have tried dozens of glass cleaners for many years have found this one to be one of the best — if not THE best.
They guarantee a streak-free glass — and being such a popular product with 3,000+ positive ratings, they have evidence to back that up.
Alternative & Other Cleaning Products to Consider:
Best Car Wash Shampoo for Teslas: Optimum No-Rinse
“A super cleaner with minimal water and effort,” this product is THE shampoo the Tesla community recommends over anything else.
It requires 2 gallons of water and cuts wash time in half (45-60 min to 20-30 min), making regular car washes less appealing to eco-conscious consumers.
Type “Tesla” in Amazon’s Q&A search bar and you’ll see the overwhelmingly positive reviews from actual Tesla owners.
Longest-Lasting Tesla Model 3 Air Freshener »
Making your car look clean isn’t enough. It has to feel fresh.
Kill odors from pets, food, cigarettes, and more with this natural, recyclable air freshener.
Lasting more than a year, it’s the lowest cost alternative over the long term — and it happens to be the most praised freshener in the Tesla community.
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Lint-Free Super Absorber »
A great companion to Optimum’s No Rinse shampoo to easily absorb every drop of water from your car and speed up the washing process further.
You won’t want to use towels or old T-shirts ever again.
Duster for Tesla’s Scratch-Sensitive Dashboard »
Even microfiber towels have scratched Tesla’s dashboard.
Play it safe and use a soft duster for these delicate interior pieces — you’ll thank me later.
Our Tesla Model 3 Interior Cleaner of Choice:
Household alternatives may fit your needs.
But if you’re looking for interior cleaners, CarGuys lands in the sweet spot in terms of effectiveness, affordability, and practicality.
As a multi-purpose cleaner, it’s the one I’d try first.
I’d also consider buying some wipes for on-the-go cleaning since they cost just a few bucks and can prevent harder-to-remove stains later on.