18 Car Cleaning Hacks Everyone Needs to Know

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6. Use Rubber Cupcake Liners in Cup Holders

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Cleaning out the cup holders in the car may be one of the more challenging areas to clean because the opening is only so large and dust, dirt, and dried liquids can collect in the corners. By using rubber cupcake liners in your cup holders, all that dirt and whatnot will be in the liner. Then every so often you can remove the liner, clean it, and replace it. The actual cup holder will always be nice and clean!


7. Use Olive Oil to Brighten the Dashboard

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Maybe you don’t want to go to the lengths of making your own Armor All. You can just use a little bit of olive oil instead. Simply apply a little bit of olive oil to a soft rag and buff it into your dashboard. The oil will protect the dash from drying out over time and keep it from cracking, too. You can also use it to protect and moisturize leather seats, too. Just make sure the oil is buffed in well before you sit!

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8. Use WD-40 to Remove Bumper Stickers

Slapping a bumper sticker on the car to proclaim certain views and opinions may seem like a good idea at the time, but what are you to do when your opinions change or you want to sell the car? Not everyone is going to want to purchase a car that professes their world views. Don’t worry though! You can remove those bumper stickers (or even dealership stickers – why should dealerships get away with free advertising on your car anyway?) by spraying it with a bit of WD40. Just spray it on the sticker, let it sit for a minute or so, and then peel it off.


9. Use Rubbing Alcohol to Remove Stains

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Sometimes accidents happen and that blue pen in your pocket will explode and get ink all over your seat. You can remove ink by applying some rubbing alcohol to a dye-free cloth and dab it onto the stain. You do NOT want to rub because it’ll just smear the stain.

Also, if you’re in a hurry and you don’t have time to wait for the ice to melt from the windshield, you can spray the ice covered windshield with undiluted rubbing alcohol. The ice will begin melting immediately and you can be on your way.


10. Use Stain Remover To Clean Floor Mats

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OxyClean stain remover isn’t just for the grape juice your kid’s spilled on their school clothes. It can work wonders for taking the stains out of the floor mats – or on any fabric surface in the car. Just spray the stains with the stain remover (it doesn’t have to be OxyClean) and let it sit for a little while. Then you’ll want to scrub it with a scrub brush. The stains should lift away and your mats will look a whole lot better.

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