47 Best Car Cleaning Hacks That Will Actually Deep Clean Your Car | Maintenance of your vehicle is so important, because it helps maintain the value of the automobile that you’ve paid a lot of money for. Although it is not always easy, one of the ways to maintain the value is to keep the inside clean.
It’s important to keep your car clean and tidy because you never know when somebody else is going to be a passenger. Maintenance has the added benefit of smelling good and giving a good impression.
Believe me, people look at how you keep a car, so it’s best to stay on top of it.
With that in mind here is some help on deep cleaning your automobile with 11 car cleaning hacks that will make you consider driving for Uber just to show off.
Best Car Cleaning Hacks That Will Actually Deep Clean Your Car
Automatic car washes are good for a quick job, but you’ll need to detail it every so often to keep the luster of the finish and wash environmental elements off. However, it’s also a safety issue since having unclean windows will provide a hazardous driving condition.
Start with the interior and clean up excess trash and debris. Once you’ve done that you can move onto deeper cleaning of the interior.
#1 Dust The Interior
To dust the interior of your car you can use a coffee filter, or chemical free dryer sheet like this tip from The Krazy Coupon Lady. They are lint free and therefore perfect for wiping down the interior of your vehicle.
#2 Clean Vents
The Krazy Coupon Lady came up with the best way to clean those tiny vents in the car and it’s as simple as a foam craft brush! It gets in those tiny nooks and crannies easily. They also make a duster specifically for this!
#3 Compressed Air
If you don’t have a foam brush on hand, you might have compressed air since we often clean computers with it.
Via Little Things
New on me, Little Things has a cleaning slime recipe that’s supposed to work like a charm. It’s great for getting to hard to reach nooks and crannies. Even better, because kids love slime, you might get them to clean! You can also buy some ready made slime!
#5 Brush it Out
One of the best tips, probably because the tool is the easiest to come by, is to remove dirt and grime from cracks and seams easily with a toothbrush. You read that right…a cheap toothbrush!
Simply brush the dirt out is all it takes.
#6 Magic Eraser
Via It Still Runs
Clean up scuff marks and hard to clean dirt on the interior with this easy to follow tutorial from It Still Runs.
Be sure to test on an inconspicuous area first. Magic Erasers are made with tiny particles that scrub but they will scratch your clear coat and paint on the exterior.
#7 Dashboard Polish
Via Shyloh Belnap
While convenient, wipes and sprays for automobile interior use are expensive and usually not on hand when you go to detail your car. Shyloh belnap tipped us that most of us already have olive oil in the house that you can simply grab and wipe your dash until clean and shiny. An added benefit is no harmful chemicals. People don’t think about all the chemicals they use in the home and car and what they are doing to their family. Going with natural products are better for health and environment.
#8 Floor Mats
Spray floor mats with carpet cleaner or stain remover and throw in the wash.
#9 or use Upholstery Cleaner
#10 Clean That Car Seat
Via Ask Anna Moseley
One of the dirtiest things in the car can be a car seat. That can be remedied with this tutorial.
#11 Leather Cleaning
Via DIY Network
Yet another DIY cleaning solution for making your leather look like new again is from DIY Network.
You’ll need either Castile soap or dishwashing liquid, water, and a spray bottle. Simply mix the ingredients well in the spray bottle or even a bucket. Spray the leather lightly. Wipe down well.
Petroleum Jelly is a magical wonder at conditioning the dashboard and giving it a nice shine. For some dash boards you’ll want to start this as soon as you can as the heat dries out the dashboard causing it to crack.
#13 Clean Cup Holders
Cup holders can really get gross. It’s not your fault…it’s all of the moisture from cups and dust from the air making them disgusting. The Krazy Coupon Lady came up with one of the best tips I’ve heard! Simply attach an old sock onto a travel cup, wet it with Windex to clean. Just swish the sock covered travel cup around in the cup holder until you get it all out.
#14 Hair on Upholstery
If you have pets, you often take them to the vet which inevitably leads to pet hair on your seats. Carebearasara came up with this awesome trick that makes it super simple to remove; because all you need is a squeegee and spray bottle filled with water. To avoid the hair in the future, or even worse, car sickness, get seat covers that can easily be removed and cleaned.
#15 Screwdrivers Are for More Than…
I am sensing a theme…that The Krazy Coupon Lady must have the cleanest car ever! In any case, here she is with yet another tip! You can cover a flathead screwdriver with a cloth and clean crevices.
Just be careful not to cause damage!
#16 Remove Stains From Carpeting
Simply getting in and out of the car takes its wear and tear on your floorboards and carpet and rugs. Especially in Florida. We get sand all over. Kids Activities Blog came up with the best budget-friendly two-ingredient fix! While it’s effective it will also leave the car smelling amazing.
#17 Move Those Seats
Via Kiwi Services
Often forgotten is under seats and the crevices around those seats.
Move those seats up and clean crevices with your car vac attachment.
While you are working on the interior, think about how it smells. These ideas will make that task easier:
Removing Bad Smells and Car Air Freshening
#18 Odor Remover
The confined, closed off interior lacks circulation and even without food or other sources of smells can make even the best-kept car stink. Baking soda is great for absorbing and neutralizing the odors.
#19 Essential Oil
You can always freshen your car smell with essential oils. The Krazy Coupon Lady says to simply take a wooden clothespin and apply 5-10 drops of essential oil (allow to dry), and then pin it onto the air vent. When the car is running, it will blow the natural scent around the car.
Ok, this may seem crazy, but the Krazy Coupon Lady says to put the rinds in a plastic bag to give your car a tropical sweet scent.Remove and replace when they go bad.
#21 Candle Wax
According to The Krazy Coupon Lady, you can freshen the cars smell by putting put a scented candle into a jar and into your in your car’s cup holder.
#22 Air Conditioner Smells
If you have bad smells coming from your air conditioner, try spraying Lysol into the airflow inlet.
#23 Filter Check
While your spraying Lysol for bad a/c smells, clean your filter.
After you’ve cleaned the interior, it’s time to move on to the exterior. These ideas will make that task easier:
According to this youtube video, you can super clean your windshield with these easy to get products.
#25 Clean Your Windshield Wipers
Via Auto Info
According to this video, simply wipe down your wiper blades with rubbing alcohol which will prevent streaks.
# 26 Wheels
Use some cleaning powder to clean those hard to clean wheels.
#27 Bumper Sticker Removal
If you need to remove bumper stickers that have been applied to the exterior of your automobile, then the publication Cars states that all you need is a hair dryer, a razor blade, a sturdy plastic card like a credit card, towels, and some cleaning solution to remove.
#28 Clean Windows
The Krazy Coupon Lady tells us that baby wipes, of all things, are great for cleaning car windows, leaving them streak-free!
#29 Roll Those Windows Down
Via Family Handyman
Another task often forgotten is to roll the windows down to be sure your cleaning all the dirt off.
#30 Dead Bug Remover
According to the Krazy Coupon Lady, the best way to remove dead bugs (rampant in Florida with the love bugs)it to use dryer sheets to remove them quickly.
#31 Clean Rims
If you want your rims shiny and sparkling and looking brand new, then simply mix one-half cup baking soda, one tablespoon dish soap, and two cups warm water in a small bowl and use a sponge with the mixture to clean the rims.
#32 Condition The Exterior
According to The Krazy Coupon Lady, a budget-friendly car cleaner is a cheap hair conditioner. They often have lanolin (a type of wax), that makes the car shine. Get directions at The Krazy Coupon Lady.
#33 Clean Foggy Headlights
With environmental toxins, it’s harder than ever to clean headlights. Over time, plastic headlight covers get dull and dirty as well as oxidize.
To clean and maintain , use toothpaste (preferably baking soda toothpaste.)
#34 Wash Your Car
According to the Krazy Coupon Lady, hair conditioner typically contains lanolin. Lanolin is a type of wax and makes a car shine. It will also help avoid water spots.
Organizing The Car
Often times, your car simply needs organizing in order to look clean. Use these simple tips to help with that:
#36 Shoe Organizer
A great way to get organized, especially for a road trip is a shoe organizer. It can organize everything from baby wipes and car cleaning wipes to toys to water bottles and more!
#37 Trunk Organizer
Via The Castro HAPPYnings
To keep your car organized, start in the trunk. This trick from The Castro HAPPYnings will help!
Carabiners for organizing the car is just genius! Hang any belongings, like umbrellas, so they’re accessible.
#39 Dollar Tree Popsicle Holders
Use these to organize the small belongings you need in your car, like change or a pen.
#40 Tissue Box Dispenser
Organize the grocery bags you keep in the car for storage or trash by storing in an empty tissue box or baby wipes dispenser.
#41 Car Kit
Via Old Salt Farm
Keep your cleaning supplies close and organized. This easy to make car kit is a handy way to do that!
#42 Gum Containers
Empty gum containers are great to keep small things like change corralled and organized.
#43 Command Center
A Bowl Full of Lemons has a simple tutorial to keep car documents and receipts organized.
#44 Trash Can
A simple cereal container will keep trash not only corralled but not smelling since the container can be closed.
#45 Command Hooks
Keep trash or snacks corralled with this easy trick. Affix a command strip where you want to hang a bag.
#46 Food Holder
To keep fast food or anything else corralled, use this Dollar Tree organizer. Best $1 spent!
#47 Silicone Cupcake Holders
One thing I really hate in the car is the cup holders. They get so dirty and disgusting! The best way to ward that off is to use silicone cupcake holders!
Car Cleaning Hacks Save Money
Taking care of your car requires effort, whether you take it to the professionals for washes, waxes, and detailing, or you spend the time to make it shine yourself. These easy car cleaning hacks will help to get your vehicle looking so sparkly. If you have the option, then I recommend taking a few moments to do these yourself. Although it can be difficult to fit into your schedule, it is usually worth the money saved.
However, it is always best to determine the value of your time beforehand; because you should never set yourself back. Let me know what your favorite car cleaning hacks are in the comments, so more people will try them. If you have any questions, then I’d love to help you out!
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