Cleaning a car is never fun and going to the car wash can be expensive. Let’s not even start with how much getting a car detailed can cost. It’s so much easier and better to save time, money, and energy at home by using these car-cleaning hacks.
Toothpaste for Cloudy Headlights
Don’t waste money on expensive headlight cleaning kits, just do it yourself. Grab some toothpaste, rub it all over the headlight, let it sit, and wipe it off. That’s all it takes!
Vaseline for Shine
Cleaning the interior of your car can begin to seem a losing battle over time. To ensure your car retains its freshly cleaned shine you can simply apply a small amount of petroleum jelly. This small touch can leave a long-lasting shine for less money.
Charcoal Bag for Odors
Charcoal is nature’s toxin absorber and is a great tool for clearing gross smells. You can buy a little bag with charcoal chunks already in it or make your own.
DIY Car-Wash Solution
You can use items you already have in your home for this easy cleaner! Just mix about one-quarter of a tablespoon of baking soda and one-quarter tablespoon of dish soap in a big bucket of water.
Clean Air Vents Regularly
You have to clean out your air vents to truly get rid of dust, dirt, and odors that hide in there. Grab an old toothbrush or a can of compressed air to make this job quick and easy.
Vinegar & Linseed Oil Mixture
An easy way to quickly get spotless, moisturized upholstery is with linseed oil. Make a mixture of one part vinegar with two parts linseed oil, shake it up, and apply to your car’s inside with a rag.
Scrub the Floor Mats
It’s important to clean your mats to get out any dirt, debris, and stains that you could track into your house. Just use dish soap and water with a stiff-bristled brush, and everything should come right off.
Squeegee Up Pet Hair
Everyone who’s traveled with their pet knows that animal hair can be next to impossible to get all the way out of your car’s interior. Just lightly spray the area with water and rub them down with a rubber squeegee. Voila!
Sprinkle a Little Cornstarch
Accidentally spilling drinks or food in your car is the worst because those smells and stains are next to impossible to remove. Sprinkle some cornstarch on any grease or oil stains, let it sit for ten minutes or so, and wipe clean with a damp cloth!
Roll Your Windows Down
Having completely spotless windows is such a good feeling. To achieve that look when you clean your windows by hand, make sure you roll them down about halfway to get off all the built-up gunk that sits at the top.
Mayo for Tough Stains
Those horrible, crusty stains on the outside of your car seem to never go away, no matter how many times you go through a car wash. To get rid of them, put a little dab of mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip), let it sit for five or 10 minutes, and wash it off with a clean, wet rag.
Club Soda for Stains
Even tough stains like caked-on crud on a window and coffee spills on a seat aren’t impossible to get out—even though it can seem that way. Just put some club soda on the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, and then dab it up with a towel!
White Vinegar for Windows
Sparkling-clean, ultra-clear windows are every driver’s dream. To achieve this, mix a few tablespoons of white vinegar with water and wipe with a newspaper for a streak-free shine.
Razor Blade for Decals
This one should be used carefully. A razor blade can be a handy tool for getting off stickers or baked-on stains without leaving behind any residue. Just be sure you don’t scratch up your paint job!
Screwdriver for Small Spaces
Getting the dirt from those hard-to-reach cracks and crevices can be really frustrating. There’s an easy solution, though. Grab a flathead screwdriver, cover it with a soft cloth, and go to town on those small spaces.
Nail Polish for Cracks
Got a hairline crack on your windshield or the body of your car? Use nail polish to cover the area and seal it up! Make sure you use clear polish for windows and a similar color for the body of your car. This isn’t a permanent solution, but it will stop a small crack from spreading into a big problem before you can get it fixed.
Q-Tips for Close Cleaning
This is another great hack for cleaning hard-to-reach spaces. Just get a handful of q-tips and use those to get the dust and dirt out of cracks, corners, and other small places.
Thermal Paper for Crayons
If you have kids then you know the mess they can make in your car. Crayons are especially bad because they get left behind, forgotten, and melt all over your upholstery. Luckily there’s an easy fix. Grab some thermal paper and iron a sheet over the spot to remove the crayons!
Magic Eraser for Sticky Stains
A spilled drink is a recipe for disaster, leaving behind a sticky and smelly mess. If you’ve got a sticky spot to clean up, dip a magic eraser in some antibacterial cleaning fluid, like Lysol, and those spots will come right up!
Rubbing Alcohol for Wiper Blades
If you don’t want to mix up your own cleaning solution, just use rubbing alcohol on your wiper blades. Dip a cotton ball in the alcohol and rub it on your wiper blades for an instantly clean surface.