A car is a lot like a partner, it gives you a smooth enjoyable ride for as long as you take care of it. Granted, being busy and having people in your car who tend to be messy is sometimes inevitable and unavoidable.
Being the neat freak that I am, there's no way I can let this slide for too long without losing my marbles. From all that beating a car takes, it deserves a bit of TLC every so often!
Which is why today's post is focusing on 10 genius car cleaning hacks that are cheap, quick to implement and highly effective. Get that new car feel back to your old baby using these techniques. Let's dig in.
10 Genius Car Cleaning Hacks That Work
1. Use Alcohol To Clean Wiper Blades
Tip found from: Krazy Coupon Lady
Nothing is as frustrating as wiper blades causing unnexpected smudges to your windscreen during a rainy day. Lucky for you, that won't be a problem anymore. Run some alcohol (no, not tequila people) on your blades every so often and it should keep them in pretty damn perfect condition.
2. DIY Slime To Clean Problem Areas
Tip found from: Little Things
Those grooves that are positioned in such awkward places are always the hardest places to clean. They collect dust and grime and it just sits there even if you try to get in there and clean it up. I finally found a solution to this using DIY slime. It's weird but it works wonders at sucking up all that dust and dirt from tough to reach places with ease.
3. Use A Squeegee To Remove Pet Hair
Tip found from: Buzzfeed
Most of my loyal readers are aware of my love for cats. We have a lot of them and they're the cutest pets in the whole world. The only problem is that they shed fur (hair) like CRAZY. Can't blame them though, I groom as much as they do (lol). Simply spray some water over your car seats and use the squeegee to get rid of all that pet hair.
4. Q-Tips For Those Even Harder To Reach Places
Tip found from: Popular Mechanics
Lightly moisten a q-tip and run it over those narrow but hard to reach places of your car, especially within the vents. You may need a few but it gets the job done without any damage to your car or wallet.
5. Shine Up Your Rims Using This Cheap DIY Cleaner
Tips found from: Popsugar
Relax, relax, I'm not going to force you to make soap from scratch. Throw in some baking soda, warm water and dish washing liquid/soap and mix them up. It will literally melt the grime off your rims and leave it shiny and sexy!
6. Make This Non-Toxic Car Cleaner For Your Interior
Tips found from: Buzzfeed
My brother has literally nagged me to death about the horrible toxins found in cleaning agents and products. After some persuasion, he managed to convince me of making something less harmful. This combination of vinegar, lemon, club soda, and dish washing liquid/soap makes for a perfect cleaner with half the toxins and chemicals in traditional cleaner. Just be sure to use a dish soup that lacks much harmful chemicals.
7. Remove Stains From Carpets Using This $1 Product
Tips found from: Kids Activities Blog
When you have kids in a car, there's absolutely no way of preventing them from dropping something that ends up staining your beautiful interior. Like I said, it's inevitable. But, rather than throwing away money on so-called professional products, just pick up a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and mix it in water to clean up those hard to remove stains. Depending on the colour of your carpets or material, be sure to dilute the mixture considerably to prevent any discoloration.
8. Remove Bumper Stickers With A Hairdryer
Tip found from: Cars
Believe it or not, to remove those old bumpter stickers that have been on there for far too long, all you need to do is use a hairdryer to heat up the adhesive liquid on the sticker enough for it to simply be pulled off. It's as simple as that and won't cost you a cent.
9. Clean Up Those Foggy Headlights With Toothpaste
Tip found from: How To Get Rid
Who would have thought that toothpaste would come in handy for more than our teeths, right? Nothing gives away the age of a car than headlights that look foggy and cloudy. The cleaning agents in toothpaste help clear that up so you can have those crystal clear headlights back. It also lasts quite some time before you need to clean it up again but it's totally worth it.
10. Get Rid Of Nasty Odors Using Baking Soda
Tip found from: Right At Home