How to Remove Bird Poop from Car without Damaging Paint

How to Remove Bird Poop from Car without Damaging Paint

The love people hold for their cars can be seen in the way they take care of them. Many people regularly clean their cars manually and take them for regular servicing and maintenance. Imagine you head to your car one morning only to discover that it is covered in bird poop. We all love birds until there is bird poop on our cars.

Bird poop is quite corrosive and acidic. If not cleaned, the uric acid in bird poop can ruin the paint job by either bleaching the spot or distorting the texture of the paint, not to mention the fact that your car looks dirty and unkept if it is covered in bird droppings.

Let’s get started!

How to Remove Bird Poop from Your Car

If you want to keep your car clean and Shiny, Here are some tips and tricks to help you remove bird droppings from your car without ruining the paint.

1. Early Bird

It is better to clean bird droppings as early as possible. If you notice that there are fresh droppings on your car, wet a soft microfiber cloth and clean the droppings, or you can use a slightly high-pressure stream of water, like that from a pipe, to wash it away.

Do not wait for your cash wash day, as the uric acid in the droppings will ruin your paint.

Early Bird

2. Water or Seltzer Water

Do not try to wipe off dry droppings, as they may scratch your car and leave residue. If the droppings have dried down, place a wet cloth over it, soaked in regular water or seltzer water, to completely cover it. Pour some more of either liquid on it and leave it for fifteen minutes. This will soften the droppings and make it easier for you to clean your car. You can even use club soda if you don’t have seltzer water.

Basically, the drink’s carbonation breaks down the acids in the stain. However, do not replace these with sugary carbonated drinks, as they will leave the spot sticky and might even ruin the paint, the rubber sealants, and the wax.

Water or Seltzer Water

3. Baking Soda

Baking soda is not just a culinary ingredient. You can use it to clean mirrors, metal accents, your teeth, and, in this case, bird droppings from your car. You will need two tablespoons of baking soda, a squirt of liquid dish soap, and hot hot water. Mix it, spray it on the stain, and leave it for about ten minutes. You will not believe how baking soda removes even the most stubborn stains and bird poop.

Baking Soda

4. Pick the Poop, Don’t Wipe

Bird droppings often have gritty substances like seeds, fibers, and stones. When you wipe them across your car, they may leave scratches. Instead, cover it with a wet cloth and scoop up the droppings. Dab at it till you are certain that there is no grit left. You can then wipe away the residue.

Pick the Poop, Don’t Wipe.jpg

5. Detailer Spray

Keep a detailer spray in your car for situations when you do not have access to water. These sprays are used in car dealerships to polish the floor models quickly. Spray a few spritzes directly onto the stain and then wipe gently with a wet microfiber cloth. The wet microfiber cloth after the detailer spray will get rid of the bird poop etchings and any other residue. Do not rub too hard, as the spray will leave streaks across your paint job.

Detailer Spray

6. Baby Wipes

Even though baby wipes are rather mild and may require a little more elbow grease than any other method, it is better to keep some in your car for emergencies where you do not have access to water, baking soda, club soda, or a microfiber cloth. Since baby wipes are mild, they will not ruin the paint job of your car and will act as a quick and temporary solution to bird droppings.

Baby Wipes

7. Be Gentle

Whatever method you go with, remember to wipe or clean gently. If you scrub or rub too hard, you will ruin the paint of your car and, in some cases, even the rubber sealant and the wax. You may also leave scratches and streaks across the body of your car if you are not gentle.

It is better to be safe than sorry, so consider parking your car under a shed or covering it with custom car covers. Try not to park your car under a tree as it is probably home to many birds that will use your car as their toilet. If you do not have a shed, parking it in an open space is better than under a tree. Your car will not be completely poop-proof in the open, as birds are everywhere. It will, however, be safer than under a tree.

Be Gentle

Interested in learning more? Check out this blog on how to catch a bird in your house; we have extensively covered how you can catch an intruder bird without harming the bird.


It happens to all of us, and it happens so often that people even curse each other with hopes of bird droppings in jests and jokes. You have no reason to worry as it is very easy to clean bird droppings from your car.

You need to be quick and gentle to make sure that it does not ruin the paint job of your car. Many cleaning ingredients and tools can be found right at home, so you do not have to rush to the supermarket to buy something every time a bird poops on your car.

Madison Hall
With a background in Engineering from Stanford University, Madison Hall brings a unique perspective to the DIY world. With 15 years of experience in both engineering and DIY projects, she started contributing to our website in 2022. Her approach combines technical knowledge with experience, making her articles informative and accessible. Before joining us, Madison worked in a leading engineering firm focusing on sustainable building practices. She enjoys woodworking and exploring the latest tech gadgets in her leisure time.

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