Car cleaning doesn't need to cost a lot of money. However, it seems to be a daunting task for the individual due to the high cost of cleaning products, Yet it is unnecessary when you know there are many easy, low cost, effective, and natural ways to get your car clean. We've collected 12 car cleaning tips and tricks to help you make the car cleaning process a breeze. Try them, and you will find your car can be cleaned in no time.
1. Clean your air vents quickly for under $1
Foam brushes are the best tool to quickly remove any dirt hiding in the air vents. You can buy them for less than a dollar. Just remember you dust first and vacuum after.
2. Clean your headlights with toothpaste
With a non-gel toothpaste, you can brighten your headlight covers in minutes. Just put the toothpaste on the lens first, then scrub, rinse off, and dry. Voila, clean!
3. Use a coffee filter to wipe down your car interior
Dusting is pretty easy, but not if you have a cloth that spreads lint everywhere. The coffee filter is made with lint-free features, so the dust will adhere to the filter. You can also use the filter for the entire interior of your car.
4. Get your carpet clean again for less than $1
One of the trickiest car cleaning processes can be removing the stubborn carpet stains. Well, this 2 ingredient carpet stain remover can be a lifesaver. Fill a bottle 1/3 full with hydrogen peroxide and then fill the rest with water. So you can make a batch of this for less than a dollar!
5. How to clean your floor mats
Don't use a car detailer to clean your floor mats, since you can do the same job at home, in a money-saving way. First apply a stain remover (as mentioned before) to help loosen the tough stains, then wash them on a gentle cycle with detergent.
6. Clean your car windows with newspaper
If you have dirty windows, this is the perfect life hack for you. Crumble your least favorite newspaper up in a ball. Spray your car's window with a run of the mill window cleaner. Then wipe your window clean with the balled up newspaper.
7. Take off bumper stickers with WD-40
Bumper stickers have super sticky glue, so it’s not easy to take them off without peeling off some paint. But with WD-40, it's no longer a problem. Just spray some WD-40 on the sticker, wait until it soaks into the sticker, and then peel.
8. Banish hair from your seats
Do you have a dog that sheds? Have you ever tried to get their hair out of the car? Vacuuming seems helpful, but it's never enough. Now all you need is a small spray bottle of water and a squeegee. Spray the water on the seats, and squeegee the seats. All the hair would be gone completely.
9. Buff your dash with olive oil
Have a bottle of olive oil handy in your house? You can use it to polish your car's interior. Take a tiny bit of the oil, put it on a cloth, rub it in circles on your seats or on the dashboards.
10. Get a great-smelling car with baking soda
Pets, food, clothes, can all lead to bad odors in your car, but it's easy to restore it to a fresh scent. Just take some baking powder and spread it over the seats, let it sit for hours, then vacuum clean.
11. Clean your car's vinyl and leather with a magic eraser
If you have gross stains on your vinyl and leather seats, don't you worry. You can fix this chore in a jiff. One method is to use a wet magic eraser and scrub the spots gently. The other method is to mix up 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup white vinegar. Rub the liquid gently into your seats, then wipe clean with a rag.
12. Bleach your wheels with a DIY green cleaner
DIY the cleaner at home. You will need 1/2 cup of baking soda, 2 cups of warm water, 1 tablespoon of Dawn dish soap. Mix the ingredients together. Spray your tires with water, then gently scrub it with a sponge (dipped in the mixed ingredients). Rinse starting from the top down, then dry.