Between driving around dogs, messy toddlers, and teenagers with their muddy sports gear, your car definitely takes a beating. But, don’t worry, we have car cleaning tips & tricks to get rid of the toughest stains, odors, and dirt dilemmas to make your car look brand new again.
1. Clean your headlights using toothpaste.
Using a sponge and a little bit of elbow grease, apply the toothpaste and rub in circular motions until the dirt comes off. Then, wipe away with a light cloth to reveal your crystal clear headlights! Who knew this miracle car detailing product was sitting in your medicine cabinet all along. (via How to Get Rid)
2. Remove a bumper sticker using a blow dryer.
The heat from the blow dryer will help loosen the adhesive so you can then use one of your plastic rewards cards from your wallet to get under it and peel it off without any damage to your car. This doesn’t just work for bumper stickers either, it can also come in handy for removing stickers from your windshield like old registration stickers, toll tags, parking permits, etc. (via Cars.com)
3. Use a coffee filter to dust your car interior.
Coffee filters are awesome for cleaning! They are cheap, disposable, biodegradable and super effective. Keep a stack in your center console and quickly wipe down your dashboard and inside your car with one while you are waiting in your car. It is so easy and convenient that you won’t mind doing it and your car with look so much better! (via The Krazy Coupon Lady)
4. Best Carpet Stain Remover for Less than $1!
One of the trickiest car cleaning dilemmas can be cleaning out those stubborn carpet stains. Well, this 2-ingredient carpet stain remover is a life saver and is SO CHEAP to make. All you need is to fill a bottle 1/3 full with hydrogen peroxide and then fill the rest with water (and you can add essential oil to make it smell good). So, you can make a batch of this for less than $1! Unbelievable, right? If you have darker carpets, test a patch first as it hydrogen peroxide can cause discoloration and it may need to be diluted a bit more. I swear vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are two super cheap, miracle cleaning products that I always buy in bulk! (via Kids Activities Blog)
Speaking of vinegar, next up on our list of genius car cleaning tips & tricks…
5. Mix up a batch of this easy & effective nontoxic car cleaner.
Since cars are such small, enclosed spaces, I am especially careful to try to use nontoxic, natural cleaning products whenever possible. This awesome all-purpose car cleaner solution is a life-saver. It uses just vinegar, lemon, club soda, and dish soap. Keep a bottle in the back of your car and you can immediately get rid of any new stains. (via BuzzFeed)
A cleaner almost identical to the mixture above had these results:
6. Use an old sock to clean out your cupholders.
Car cupholders are notorious for their ooey gooey messes from melted lip balms and spilled sodas. To help get rid of these messes, you can put an old sock over a travel cup, spray with all-purpose cleaner and twist. (via Krazy Coupon Lady)
7. Condition your upholstery to keep it from cracking.
Upkeep like conditioning our car’s interior is one of those things we often neglect because it is not an immediate need. But, it is important because it will keep your car looking great so much longer, which means not buying a new car, which means saving major money! You with me? (via The Family Handyman)
Don’t want to buy a special product to condition your dashboard? Use a small amount of Vaseline and massage it in using a dry clean cloth. (via Krazy Coupon Lady)