Imagine a situation where you park your car for a while, and when you come back to it, it is stained with bird poop. The first thing you will think of is, my precious car has been stained, how gross. But, you do not need to imagine this situation because for you to be reading this article means you have found yourself in this situation.

Before you are informed about the different ways to get rid of bird poop from a car, you need to know that there are two types of bird poop stains. The first is a topical stain that appears faded and can be easy to clean once you apply a little bit of pressure. The second is a wrinkled stain which may contain hard particles and are therefore difficult to clean.

Bird poop on your car is unhygienic and can also damage the paintwork of your vehicle. Now that you have confirmed what kind of bird poop stain is on your vehicle keep reading this article as it outlines all the safe methods you can apply to remove bird poop from your car.

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How Can I Get Rid of the Bird Poop Stain on My Car?

Before you continue reading, it is essential to note that you should always wear gloves to protect your hands, as bird poop is unsanitary. Also, soften the bird poop by spraying it directly with clean water before applying any methods below. Note that you should only spray it once or twice, so you do not have water dripping from it.

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Baking Soda

A mixture made using baking soda is a typical homemade ingredient used to remove bird poop from a car. Take a clean container or a spray bottle and mix several tablespoons of baking soda (at least three spoons), drops of mild dish soap, and warm water.

Pour the mixture on the bird poop stain and leave it for a few minutes to settle. After about five minutes, wipe it clean or rinse it with a hose. If you choose to do the latter, ensure you wipe the surface with a microfiber cloth afterward to clean any residue.


This all-purpose product does an excellent job of cleaning off bird poop from your car, even during winter. It does this without damaging your car’s paintwork, so you do not have to worry about that when applying it. You can easily purchase this product in local stores or through e-commerce sites, and it is quite affordable.

It is straightforward to use WD-40 to remove bird poop from your car; spray it directly onto the bird poop stain and let it settle for about sixty seconds before wiping or rinsing it off.

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Detailer Spray

You can purchase this multi-purpose product from any car care brand – it is an excellent option if you are dealing with a wrinkled bird poop stain (stubborn stain) explained above. There are different options, such as Adam’s Detail Spray, G14422 Ultimate Quick Detailer, etc.

Spray the detailer onto the stain once or twice and wipe it off with a damp cloth. It would be best if you followed the instructions on the product as it may state otherwise.

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Unscented Liquid Soap or Laundry Detergent

Unscented laundry detergent comes in handy when you have bird poop stains on your car’s interior. For example, a bird might end up doing its business on your seats if you left your vehicle’s sunroof open. Cleaning stains like this can be tricky because if you do it incorrectly, you will smear the stain all over the fabric or upholstery.

So the best thing to do is first scrape the bird poop using a plastic scraper until it looks merely like a stain. The next step is to apply the laundry detergent one drop at a time, do not pour too much, or you will create a bigger mess. Ensure that the laundry soap is mild and if it is concentrated, dilute it with warm water before pouring it onto the stain.

Next, take a moist cloth and pat the area until it is saturated, then gently scrub the area afterward. Do not add too much force so you do not spoil your fabric. Clean the area until the soap is no longer visible and let it dry by opening down the windows and the doors.

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Bird Poop Car Wipes

Bird poop car wipes are specially designed to clean bird poop stains. They are small so that you can take them anywhere you go in case of an emergency. They are pretty expensive, but the good thing is they do not require too much work. All you need to do is wipe the bird stain, and it will come off immediately.

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Club Soda or Seltzer Water

The simpler term to describe club soda is a carbonated drink – these drinks are good for parties and an excellent way to remove bird poop from your car. It can also be called seltzer water; the carbonation in this drink will eat away the uric acid and make the stain easier to wipe off. Note that you cannot use sugary sodas for the job as it will only cause more damage.

You can either pour the soda directly onto the stain or pour it into a container and use a rag to apply it. Please leave it to sit for about sixty seconds or five minutes for better results, and then use a damp cloth to clean it off in one swipe.

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Cleaning Solution

You can try using a cleaning solution that is safe to use on cars to remove the bird poop from your car. Find a piece of soft cloth, which could be a microfiber rag or a sponge, and soak it in the cleaning solution. Leave the cloth on the bird poop for at least sixty seconds, then start to scrub gently; do not scrub too hard, so you do not damage your car’s surface.

Keep dipping the cloth into the cleaning solution and scrubbing the surface until all the bird poop is wholly gone. Finally, use a dry cloth to wipe the surface clean of any leftover residue. You can purchase a cleaning solution in the nearest auto body shop.


Bird poop cannot precisely be avoidable except if you park your car in an indoor garage. With the six methods written above, you can quickly and safely remove bird poop from your car without damaging the exterior.

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