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By Larry Edsall

inShield Give your windshield the back of your hand
Even if you don't smoke, the inside of your windshield may be the hardest part of your vehicle to keep clean. Yet it also may be the most important part of your car, truck, minivan or utility vehicle to keep clean.

We'll leave it to Oprah, Dr. Phil and the clergy to talk about the importance of clearly seeing where you're going. We'll simply note that the reason the inside of your windshield is so hard to keep clean is its rake and the difficulty, the awkwardness of trying to apply the proper pressure to wipe away the blurring dirt film it accumulates.

Pull a lever or turn a switch and the car automatically cleans the outside of the windshield. Now, there's an inShield Wiper that makes cleaning the inside of the window easier, though it still depends on your own elbow grease.

Tim Probasco of Geneva, Ill., bought an off-lease BMW 325i convertible in the summer of 2006 and was so proud of the car that he was washing the car every few days. But like the rest of us, he struggled to clean the inside of the windshield. He searched stores for a product that would make the chore easier. When he couldn't find anything, he created his own.

It took him only a couple of weeks to build a working prototype, and then he set about pursuing a trademark, patent and a place that could manufacture the product.

Basically, the inShield Wiper rides on the back of your hand, where it is held in place by a couple of straps. You spray whatever glass cleaner you prefer on a yellow, Microfiber sponge—Probasco suggests a "light misting"--and then apply it to the windshield. Next, you switch to a dry, blue-colored sponge and use it to remove any residue. Probasco says that often, all you really need to do is to use the blue sponge much as you would a dust cloth in your home.

The windshield of my own vehicle was filthy when I tried the inShield Wiper. I sprayed, wiped and then dry wiped and now it's streak-free and clean. And unlike paper towel, the inShield Wiper gets right to the corners and edges of the window.

Instead of streaks caused by varying pressure from your fingers when you clean a windshield with the palm-side of your hand, the inShield Wiper is designed to provide even pressure across the surface of the sponge.

The inShield Wiper is priced at $9.99 and is available through the website. It also is sold through a growing list of retail outlets and in April, Probasco and his inShield Wiper will be featured on the QVC channel.

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