10 Brilliant Hacks To Keep Your Car Clean
We don’t want to be riding in a car filled with leftover trash and stinky upholstery. While you might think that using professionals is probably the best idea to clean your car, we have come up with some simple tricks and methods that will leave your pride shining as new.
1. Squeegee the upholstery
Pets are adorable and look so cute when they stick their heads out of the car on a joy ride. But once the entertaining drive is over, the car seats are filled with their hair. Keep all the fur at bay with this easy cleaning hack. Spray plain water on the seats with a spray bottle, don’t drench the seats though. Run a squeegee on the misted seats, it will draw out all the fur in one sweep.
You can find a good Squeegee here on amazon
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2. Shiny new upholstery
3. Durable Dashboard
Use a bit of olive oil to keep the dashboard shiny new and crack resistant. Rubbing a small quantity with a soft cloth over it will ensure it stays as good as new for a long time.
4. Dryer Sheets & Lanolin
Most of the time we are stressed over bugs stuck to the exterior of the car and making it difficult to wash them off. Re-using dryer sheets over the exterior of the car to clean the bugs before the car wash is an excellent idea. A great way to give extra sheen to the exterior is using a great conditioner with lanolin in it. Wipe your car with the conditioner solution after a good car wash and watch it shine like a brand new model.
5. Toothpaste and Brush
Sounds like two humble everyday items, but can deep clean your car in minutes. Use toothpaste on an old rag to wipe clean the headlights. It will leave your headlights crystal clear and fix cracks too. An old toothbrush can come handy to clean the dents, crevasses, bumps, and grooves inside the car.
6. Rubbing Alcohol
Sometimes after giving a car wash the only thing that smudges the windshield is the wipers when in use. To avoid such a state, use rubbing alcohol over the wipers after a good, clean, this will make them anti-smudge during the next use.
7. Cupcake Liners
The best way to keep away from gunk and junk from collecting into the cupholders, place a silicon cupcake liner inside them. So the next time you have to clean the cupholders you will have to only remove the liners clean, wash, dry, and put them right back in. Simple but effective trick, especially if you have kids in the car making a mess.
You can get Amazon Basics Reusable Silicone cups from Amazon for this. These cups are colorful and reusable.
8. Magic erase
A magic eraser works well on plastic, vinyl, and leather to remove dust, dirt, and grime stuck over time. Be gentle while using over leather upholstery.
You can find a magic eraser pack of 20 pads in Amazon. Reviews looks great and I personally found it useful as well.
9. In-car trash can
For long family drives an in-car trash can made out of a cereal container lined with re-useable plastic is very helpful. It will eliminate the need to clean the car after a long tiring drive. Just empty it and re-use it.
10. Old Stickers
Removing old worn out stickers from the exterior or interior of the car can be quite the task. Use a razor blade to slowly shift it around the sticker and pull the sticker away carefully till it fully comes out.
You don’t need to spend a bomb when it comes to cleaning your car, these simple hacks and items are readily available in the kitchen for use.