Easy Cleaning Hacks For Your Car That Will Help You Keep It Longer

By lgentile - May 29, 2019

Do you feel like your car is always a disaster? Like it is always the last thing in your life to be cleaned or cared for? And why don’t we pamper our cars more? For some people, your car is so much more than just a car. It’s where you drink your coffee, eat your lunch and change your clothes. It really is like a second home to some.

And we rely on our cars, put our lives in their hands and some of us really couldn’t live without them. So why then do we let them become giant trash containers. Car maintenance can be expensive, so it’s easy to just let it go. All of a sudden you blink and suddenly you are driving inside of a giant trash heap. Well, if you want to save some money, here are some easy cleaning hacks for your car that will help you keep it longer.


A Makeshift Trash Can


Do you find that when you are driving around town, you never really have a place to put your garbage?

Maybe you stuff it into the car door, which is super gross. Or do you throw it on the mat of the passengers side to figure out for later?

Buy a cereal container piece of Tupperware and use this as a perfect makeshift trash can. Next time you go on a road trip, try it and you’ll see what a game changer it is!

Waxing With Hair Conditioner


Want to wax your car but you don’t have any car wax lying around? Of course you don’t. But guess what. You don’t need it.

While expensive waxes and soaps will give your car a new-car shine, so will hair conditioner.

Head to your shower and grab any hair conditioner that contains “lanolin”, mix with Dawn dish soap and apply it to your car with a microfiber cloth. Give your car a rubdown and you won’t be disappointed.


Organizing Your Trunk


Do you have a bunch of random stuff rolling around in the back of your trunk? Baseballs, yoga mats, jumper cables, bottles of water and more.

Throwing a crate in the trunk of your car will help you keep everything in order and help you keep things organized.

Go ahead and throw in some emergency supplies like sunscreen, towels, a change of clothes, Bandaids and more so  you will always be prepared to tackle anything no matter what!

Put That Slime To Work


Are your kids obsessed with making their own slime? It’s totally a thing, right? Well, you may not understand but have them hand it over and put that slime to work!

Your car has a lot of nooks and crannies that are hard to get into. Use that DIY slime to get into those stubborn and hard to reach areas.

That homemade slime will come in handy and will pull any grime off of knobs and buttons.



Olive Oil On Your Dashboard


Next time you are cooking with some olive oil, put a dab of it onto a rug and head outside to your garage.

You can use that olive oil to help brighten and buff your dashboard. This will keep your dashboard from getting dry and crusty and it will really give your car a gleaming look.

This is just another example of how to spruce up your car with things you could easily find at home.

Buffering Any Bugs


And if you are less of an olive oil user and more of a cooking spray cook, here is some more good news for you.

Next time you go for a long ride, you can use that cooking spray to help buff nasty bugs off of your bumper.

So next time you go on an epic road trip and are responsible for the great bug massacre of 2019, you can fix it in a flash with cooking spray found at any grocery store near you.

Toothpaste On Your Headlights


Do your headlights look old and like the need a little extra love? Are the foggy and scratched and warn down and do they need a little makeover?

Before you go ahead and replace your headlights, try this trick instead. First, you’ll grab a toothbrush and some toothpaste that you already hopefully have in your bathroom.

Then Scrub-a-dub-dub the lights with the toothpaste you and your car will be as good new in no time at all.

Cleaning Up That Dog Hair


Does your pooch go with you everywhere you go? The two of you hop in the car and away you go!

And while your dog is the perfect driving companion. With your dog, comes all of your dog’s fur all over your car. Well, we have a solution for you.

If you need to do some dog hair damage control, use a squeegee to pick up the dog hair. If the dog’s hair in on the car seats, use a lightly wet rubber squeeze to gently coax it from the fabric.

Using A Magic Eraser


Sing it with us! “Mr. Clean gets rid of dirt and grime and grease in just a minute.” Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser is a god sent.

If you haven’t used this product than you don’t even know what real life is. If you have any grime stuck on your armrest, use the Magic Eraser. Have a nasty spill on a seat? Use it for that too.

The Magic Eraser cuts through any gunk and goop on any vinyl, wall, dishes and more.

Cleaning With Steel Wool


If your windshield is a mess and you need to clean it quickly, use some steel wool. Does that sound as painful as nails on a chalkboard? Sure, but we promise you tit is harmless.

You would think that it would harm the glass but you can scrub your windshield with stainless steel without scratching the glass because they are tempered.

So next time a rag isn’t doing the trick, use some steel wool instead.

Getting Rid Of Stains


Are you one of those people who spends so much time in your car that you often have to eat breakfast lunch and sometimes dinner while driving?

Welcome to the “I live in my car” club. So next time you are chomping on some pizza and a pepperoni goes rogue, don’t panic.

You can use rubbing alcohol to help remove stains. Just dab those stains with a little bit orubbing alcohol and see if that does the trick.

Using Cupcake Liners In Your Cup Holders


Doesn’t it seem like the cup holders in your car bear the brunt of all of our uncleanliness and gross, dirty behavior?

Here is a trick to help keep those cup holders from being the nastiest part of the car. Put cupcake liners in the cup holders to catch any crumbs, coins and yucky grime that typically collects down there.

Then when it is time to clean that cup holders, you just pick them up, pop them out simply replace them with a new pair and there you have it.


Rubbing Alcohol On Your Windshield Wipers


Some simple over the counter rubbing alcohol can clean many different parts of your car, including your windshield wipers.

All you have to do is drizzle some rubbing alcohol onto your windshield wipers to prevent old, dirty blades from smearing grease and grime onto your windshield.

Who knew that something you would find in your very own medicine cabinet could be the perfect way to clean you gross car? Try it and see for yourself.


Use That Stain Remover


Did you recently buy a stain remover to get a nasty red wine stain out of your shirt? Well, whatever you do, hold onto it!

Think about it. A stain remover is a stain remover. It isn’t just for your clothes, but you can use them on your car as well.

So, next time you have stains on your car seat or your floor mats, give it a try for yourself. You’ll be amazing when you see the results.


How To Remove Bumper Stickers


Did you think a Hilary for president was a great idea for a bumper sticker? Uh oh.

Do you want to remove your Dave Matthews bumper sticker and call it a day? I can be tough to get those to come off your car without any residue.

Grab WD-40 out of your garage and spray your sticker and the bumper around it. You’ll be able to pull off the sticker with no issues at all.

Putting Coca-Cola To Work


Do you have some rust around or near your front or rear bumper? There is nothing that will age a car more than a rusted chrome bumper.

Well, now you can look to Coca-Cola for help. You can easily scrub off the rust with some highly acidic Coca-Cola and you can really make that bumper shine again.

Who needs a new car, when you can just try these tricks yourself? Pass the Coke and let’s get to work!


Putting Q-Tips To Work


So we know that we aren’t supposed to put them in our ears, but Q-Tips will help you get into any crease or rough spot inside of your car.

Q-tips are especially great for cleaning small nooks and crannies around the divert near the gear shift.

You may not be able to get those hard to reach areas with a rag but you can grab a cleaning spray, some Q-tips and get to work.

Cleaning Your Air Vents


Have you ever put on the AC in the car and POOF! Dust all over your face!? Well, we can fix that for you.

You can try shoving a rag into those little holes, but you won’t be able to really get in there. Q-tips can work but they will take way too long.

Go to Michaels and buy a small foam paintbrush instead. They fit into the vents perfectly and will get rid of that dust without having to use any aerosol air cleaners.

How To Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies


Why should you go out and buy all new cleaning supplies when you can make your own with things that you may already have lying around the house?

Forget about buying upholstery cleaners and just make your own. Start with 3 tablespoons Dawn dish soap, 1 tablespoon Borax and 1 cup hot water.

Mix it all together, put on a rag and get to work. Your car will be as good as new and you won’t have to spend any money!

Make Your Own Air Freshener


Your car goes through a lot throughout the day and it isn’t unusual for your car to have a funky smell in it from time to time.

If you don’t have any air fresheners from your last car wash, you can easily make your own.

Mix some baking soda and somessential oils and throw them in a mason jar. Throw the jar into the backseat of your car, and you will get rid of any odors that may be lingering around.