18 Car Cleaning Hacks Everyone Needs to Know

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Sometimes our cars are our home away from home. We spend so much time traveling to and from work, running errands, and taking the kids to wherever they need to go, keeping the car clean isn’t always as easy as we’d like. Kids spill their snacks in between the seats, we lose tubes of lip balm, and who can count how many dropped fries fall under the seat!

When it comes to keeping the car clean, you could pay a whole lot of money getting it detailed, but why spend your hard earned money and be judged? Instead, we have 18 car cleaning hacks that will help you keep your car from becoming a dumpster on wheels, or save you a little cash!

1. Create Your Own Cleaning Supplies

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Whether you purchase upholstery cleaner or Armor-All, you probably already know how expensive they can be. You can create your own cleaners so you don’t have to spend a small fortune on expensive and not the best for the environment.

Upholstery Cleaner Recipe:

  • 3 tablespoons Dawn dish soap
  • 1 tablespoon Borax
  • 1 cup hot water

Mix in a small bowl and pour into a spray bottle and spray where needed

Armor All Recipe:

  • 2 cups of distilled water
  • 2 cups baby oil
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 6 to 8 drops Dawn dish soap
  • 3 to 5 drops Melaleuca essential oil

Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Cut a roll of paper towels in half and put the paper towels in two containers. Pour the mixture in the center of the paper towel roll. The mixture will absorb into the paper towels. Then remove the cardboard roll and you can pull a towel out and start using.


2. Use Regular Colgate Toothpaste on Headlights

Over time, your crystal clear headlights can become quite foggy. Foggy headlights can make your lights dimmer and that isn’t safe for you or anyone else on the road. You could remedy this by paying the mechanic to install brand new headlights, or you can swipe the toothpaste (white Colgate!) from the medicine cabinet and smear it on the headlight. Rub the toothpaste into the lens and then wipe it off. They’ll look like new!


3. Foam Paintbrushes Aren’t Just for Painting

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Dust in the air vents can be a pain to clean and a rag doesn’t always clean every bit of dust away. You can spray a little bit of furniture polish on those small foam paintbrushes you find in the craft store. Then, you can clean the air vents quickly and easily. If you have an exceptional amount of dust, you can use a circular paint brush to brush the dust away. Just make sure you vacuum the dust as you sweep it away so that it doesn’t land somewhere in the car.


4. Magic Eraser Tackles Stubborn Dirt and Grime

Depending on how long it has been since you’ve cleaned your car, the arm rests, trim, and other areas of the car (vinyl, plastic, and leather materials) may have an especially tough bit of dirt and grime caked on that you can get off with just a rag. A Magic Eraser can help get rid of that with minimal elbow grease. Just be careful not to scrub too hard on leather so that it doesn’t get damaged!


5. Use a Squeegee To Pick Up Pet Hair

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We love traveling with our pets, but we don’t always like the mounds of pet hair that remains after the ride is over. If you have a dog that is a serious shedder, it can feel like the hair never goes away, this tip is going to be your saving grace. Fill a spray bottle with some water and lightly spray it on the seats. Then use a rubber squeegee to pick up the hair. Quick, simple, and easy!

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