Car cleaning tips are all over online, so we thought we would compile 10 of the best. The coolest part is that you don’t have to spend hours to get your ride spic and span. If your family or personal car has seen cleaner days, here are the car cleaning hacks that’ll make it easier for you to get your vehicle clean — and keep it that way.
1. Homemade Upholstery Cleaner
If you’ve got dirty rugs and dingy seats, you need a good upholstery cleaner. Good thing you can easily make your own!
2. Dusting Tiny Spaces
Every car gets dirty in those little tiny cracks between different dash components. Get yours clean the easy way with a can of compressed air.
Yep, we’ve all seen it. The handles above the doors in your SUV. The arm rests. The console. They all seem to be permanently dirty! Don’t worry though…just like in the house, your trusty “eraser” sponge will do the trick. You can even use these on leather seats — just be a little more careful there.
For your windshield and windows, don’t forget about cleaning the inside, too. Microfiber is great for taking care of this, and if you ask me, Sprayway glass cleaner is absolutely the best; it’s a foam, so it stays put for longer until you actually have a chance to wipe the window, and no streaks!
5. For the Trash
Trash is the biggest problem in our cars — especially the family car. Know what makes a terrific trash can for any car? One of those plastic cereal containers. Pick one up for a few bucks and line it with a small grocery bag.
6. Fido’s Seat Cover
Take your dog for rides on occasion? Pick up a cover for your back seat that’s specially made to stay put under your pet.
7. Keep Cup Holders Clean
Silicone muffin liners work perfectly to hold loose change and such in your car’s cup holders. When they get dirty or gross, throw them in the dishwasher and then put them back in the car.
8. Bug Guts Be Gone
Took a road trip recently and your car is covered in smashed crawling critters? Grab the cooking spray! Just spray, wait a few seconds, and wipe ’em off. It works!
9. DIY Car Wipes
Those car cleaning wipes are known for adding shine, but you can actually make your own. All you need is paper towels, a plastic jar, distilled water, baby oil, vinegar, dish soap, and tea tree oil.