20 Car cleaning tips and hacks that will make your life easier

20 Car cleaning tips and hacks that will make your life easier

20 Car cleaning tips and hacks that will make your life easier

It may feel like your car is your home away from home. You spend a lot of time in it, whether you’re commuting to work, taking the kids to practice or heading out on vacation.

Since your car is a huge investment in your life, it’s important to take care of it both mechanically and aesthetically. So, for every spill, scratch and stain life throws at you, we’ve got the car cleaning hacks, tips and tricks to keep your car looking fresh and new.

1. Use soda to loosen debris


Forget the expensive cleaners to get rid of bugs, sap or other nasty debris on your windshield. Grab a soda, pour some on a cloth and wipe the offending area. Spreading the cola around will loosen debris, allowing you to wash and rinse away debris. Be careful not to get the soda on your paint job though.

2. Use a stiff brush for upholstery

Use a stiff brush for upholstery when cleaning the car


Our cars don’t see the vacuum nearly as much as our homes do, which leaves crumbs dust and dirt settling into the fabric. Help your vacuum do its job better by loosening the dirt on the upholstery with a stiff brush first. Start with the head rests and make your way down to the floor and you’ll notice a huge difference after vacuuming.

3. Don’t throw away those mismatched socks!

Don’t throw away those mismatched socks use them for cleaning the car


If you want to be sure to get all those bits and pieces that slip between the seats or in other tight spaces when car cleaning, use those old mismatched cotton socks. Slip the socks onto your hands and you’ll be able to slide your hands into those spaces to get the dust and dirt. You can spray cleaner on one sock-covered hand, and polish with the other.

4. Two towels are better than one

Two towels are better than one for cleaning the car


The point of cleaning is to clean, not just move the dust and dirt around. Using the same towel to spread your cleaning products and wipe the car clean isn’t doing much to clean. Double up on the paper towel or microfiber cloth, using one to distribute the cleaning product and the other to wipe the surface clean.

5. Got pets? Use latex

Dampen latex gloves to remove pet hair while cleaning the car


Any pet owner knows that no matter how much we brush our furry friends, they tend to leave their fur all over our cars. Help your vacuum pick up all that extra fur with latex gloves. Dampen the gloves with water and run your hands over the seats and floor to pick up those stubborn clumps of fur before vacuuming.

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