6 Seriously Clever Car Cleaning Tricks

If you frequently drive to work or have pets and kids, you know just how difficult the task of keeping your vehicle clean can be. But have no fear: by using some of the ingenious tips listed below, even you can keep your car clean!

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Get a Vacuum/Rent a Carpet Cleaner

One of the easiest ways you can keep your car clean is to get a portable, battery-operated vacuum. You can use the vacuum to clean the seats, floorboards, pedals, upholstery, and dashboard. It can also help to suck out debris from crevices and small cracks such as your car door’s pockets and panels, as well as your dash. When it comes to giving your vehicle a deep clean though, you should rent a carpet cleaning machine. It can help to pull dirt that has settled deep into the fibers of your carpet and seats. By using a carpet cleaning machine, it will spray upholstery and carpet in your vehicle with a solution which helps to dislodge grime.

Homemade Solution For Stains

One of the worst things you can do as a passenger besides leaving a cigarette unattended is to stain a driver’s passenger seats. This is especially the case if they drive a brand new Ford F150 in Madison, WI that they just bought. We all have that one friend who we have to be extra vigilant around when it comes to driving with them in the passenger seat. This is especially the case if you have children who tend to treat your car’s interior like an art pad. 

When it comes to removing the toughest of stains, you can use a safe homemade solution that is gentle on upholstery. In a spray bottle, mix one cup of vinegar, one tablespoon of dishwashing soap, and two cups of water. Spray on the stain and let the solution sit for 10 minutes. Then, wipe the affected area with a wet cloth. If the stain is still present, you may have to use a product such as Resolve or Spot Shot.

Homemade Car Cup Holder Liners

Car cup holders are one of the most annoying areas in a car to clean. In most cases, your problem may not be dust per se, but grime that built up as a result of drips and spills. In cases like this, a vacuum will do you no good and you will have to physically scrub it out. You can prevent this from happening in the first place by using a silicone-based cupcake liner. That way, as opposed to scrubbing it every time it gets dirty, you can just throw the cupcake liner into the wash once an inevitable spill happens.

Polish Your Vehicles Interior With a Gentle Homemade Solution

Is your dashboard looking less than stellar? Maybe your leather seats have lost their shine? Armrests have been worn down from wear? You don’t have to waste money on an expensive chemical solution that can leave unsafe residue on your vehicle. The remedy you need is right in your kitchen. Grab a handful of coffee liners and pour a few drops of olive oil on it. Use it and wipe down your vehicle’s interior. Olive oil does wonders when it comes to dislodging smudges, dust, and grime. And it will help your interior to retain some of its shine and luster.

Emergency Car Cleaning Kit

In most cases, car owners experience a buildup of dirt and grime in their vehicles because of an incident that occurred that they were not equipped to handle right then and there. This is especially the case when it comes to bringing mud into the vehicle or spilling drinks on the seat, in the cup holder, or on the floor. Therefore, why not create an emergency car cleaning kit. To create your own emergency car cleaning kit, some of the items you should pack include:

  • Wet wipes
  • Flashlights
  • Auto protectant spray
  • Auto protectant wipes
  • Eco-friendly multi-purpose cleaner
  • Window cleaner
  • Lint roller
  • Microfiber towels
  • Air fresheners

Sanitize Your Car

Keeping your car clean and organized is different from keeping it sanitized and free of bacteria and viruses. With everything that’s going on, it’s especially important that you make sanitizing your vehicle as common as cleaning its interior of dirt, grime, and stains. 

The CDC explains that when it comes to sanitizing your vehicle, you should focus on cleaning the areas which are touched the most such as the door handles, seats, floor mats, and dashboards. For hard and non-porous surfaces, you should use a mild detergent with water and soap. For non-porous surfaces, you can use a diluted bleaching solution or alcohol solution that has 70% pure alcohol.

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