Everyone loves that fresh new car smell, but we all know that it’s quick to become a thing of the past. Whether it’s due to our busy lives, or just continually avoiding the ordeal itself, cars tend to become pretty dirty.
The weather can be cruel to our beloved motor friends. Mix that in with the dirt we trap on ourselves, our messy friends and family, and our cars can become a real painstaking effort to clean.
Still, it’s essential to keep your car clean to preserve its value, and honestly, no one likes getting into a dirty car. So here are some quick, lazy hacks to keep your car clean.
1. Clean Air Vents With A Spoon And A Towel
Driving on a hot day and realize that your A/C just isn’t cooling you down like it used to? It might be time to clean your air vents. Air vents, however, are one of the most challenging places to clean in your car.
The lazy hack to this is simply to get a small towel, wrap it around the stem of a fork or a spoon, and use it to get in between those in the way vent blades. There is no need to go through the stress of removing the blades. Now you can cool down with ease.
2. Clean Your Windshield And Windows With Baby Wipes
Cleaning your windshield and windows is sometimes not as easy as it sounds. Using regular soap and water will definitely leave you with those ugly streaks, and getting cleaning agents might either be out of your way or just an unwanted expense.
The workaround for this challenge is baby wipes. It turns out they’re good for both your baby and your car. The ingredients they contain can help keep your windows and windshield clean for a long time. Just use them to wipe your windows and windshield like you would any flat surface.
3. Make Your Own Air Freshener
Sometimes you can find that some pretty strange smells emanating from your car. You can quickly freshen up your vehicle, especially if the weather outside is scorching.The method to do this is to get a cheap salt shaker and just put some scented melting wax inside.
Once you place it on your dashboard and leave your car in the parking lot at work or just your driveway, you’ll come back to an amazing smell when you’re ready to go. The wax will melt in the salt shaker, and just like that, no more funky smells.
4. Clean Your Cup Holders With A Sock
Cup holder spills are perhaps the most common messes that happen in your car. You should always clean up these spills as soon as they occur to avoid staining and what seems like a permanent stickiness.
The best lazy method is to use an old sock, soak it with your cleaner, such as an all-purpose cleaner. When the sock is thoroughly soaked, you then have to put it in the cup holder & twist it around until the stains & spots are loosened. Afterward, you just wipe up what’s left.
5. Keep A Tissue Box At Hand
This hack is not only about cleaning up a mess in your car but also about preparation. You can quickly fix a tissue box holder on the sun visor of your vehicle to provide quick access to wipes or tissues.
All that rummaging through your bag or the car compartment will be a thing of the past. You’ll just need to raise your hand, slide the box open, grab a tissue, and quickly clean the mess.
6. Protect The Backs Of The Seats
If you have active kids or even boisterous friends, you likely know how messy the back of your seats can get overtime. The quickest and easiest way to keep them clean is to get a car seat back protector.
This will help you shield your seats from moisture, splashes, and dirty footprints left by your kids and joy riding friends.
7. Keep The Upholstery Fresh With Baking Soda
Over time, all sorts of dirt and messes can seep into your car carpets and upholstery. This can lead to nasty odors coming from them. It’s not as bad as you think. You can simply sprinkle some baking soda on them.
Then let it sit for a couple of minutes. Afterward, just clean the area with a vacuum cleaner. You’ll realize that those musty odors disappear. The baking soda will also play a double role as it helps to kill harmful bacteria without you using any chemical substances.
8. Get Rid of Excess Moisture With Silica Gel
If it’s getting around to the fall and winter months, your car can sometimes seem to be too damp. This may happen if you’re also from a location with rainy seasons or high altitudes. The fix to this is to save some silica gel packets from your old shoe boxes.
You then tape them to the dashboard or store them in a jar near the windshield. The desiccants contained in silica gel will absorb the water from the air and eliminate the foggy windshield that happens during winter months.
9. Clean Your Wheels
If you’re like most people, you might overlook your wheels when thinking of cleaning your car. You can give your wheels that brand new look by covering them in a paste made from baking soda and water.
You can use anything from your gloved hands to small paintbrushes to cover your tires with the paste. After leaving it for a few minutes, just rinse the paste off, and you’ll have wheels as shiny as if they just rolled off the assembly line.
10. Castile Soap Car Wash
The only reason to not go a car wash isn’t just because you can’t seem to find the time, but also because they use various chemicals to clean your car. These chemicals might actually be damaging to your vehicle in the long run.
So instead of taking your car to the car wash, you can clean it at home using castile soap. This soap is made from plant oils, so it’s not damaging to your car. Just mix with some water, lather up your car, and rinse off for an organic car wash.
11. Use An Iron To Remove Crayon Stains
Our kids are a joy to have but let’s just say they might not have the same appreciation for your car as you. If your kids left some crayon stains or melted wax on the seats of your car, don’t freak out just yet.
You can iron a piece of paper over the upholstery and pick it up while it’s still hot. The wax will stick to the paper. This neat little trick will leave your seats as clean as they were before.
12. Polish The Leather With Olive Oil
If your car has leather seats, then polishing them becomes necessary in order to keep to clean them and keep that sheen. Olive oil is a great product to use as a natural treatment for your leather seats, doors, and dashboard.
However, it’s vital that you don’t apply it directly to them, as this can cause stains. Therefore, to clean these surfaces properly, pour some olive oil on a piece of cloth, and then gently wipe them down. That’ll make them get back that fantastic luster.
13. Freshen Up Your Car With A Pineapple
If you’re on the go all the time but still what to freshen up your car, then your usual fruit snack can help you out. You can get a pineapple and peel it.
From the peels, take the larger pieces and put them into a regular freezer bag and place it on the dashboard. After a little while, you’ll be taking in a fresh tropical scent while you’re on the road.
14. Hide Your USB Cables In A Garbage Bin
A mess in your car doesn’t have to mean a spill or a stain. All those wires, tangled and sticking out of your glove compartment are a mess too. To clean up that sort of mess, just take a mini garbage bin and make a slot in it with a saw.
Put your USB cable inside the bin and place it in the cupholder. Next time you want to charge your phone, just pull the cable out of the bin and return it after using it. This method can also work for your earphones and aux cords.
15. Fill In The Empty Space Between The Front Seats
Clutter can build up in your car just from the things that fall out of your pockets or hands and go in between your front seats and center console.
This seemingly vast void where nothing is ever easily found can compile various pieces of trash and items, making your car look like a storage unit. The best way to prevent this clutter build-up is to use gap seat space fillers.
This’ll ensure that you don’t lose your keys, phones, change, or other stuff anymore. It’ll also ensure that nothing builds up under your seats.
There you have it, 15 lazy hacks to keep your car clean. With these, I hope it’s clear now that even though owning a car is a big responsibility, maintaining it doesn’t have to be as overbearing as we think. These hacks are a great way to limit the time it takes to clean your car and can definitely save you some money.
Glistening on the outside, neat and tidy on the inside? It doesn’t get any better than that. Give these hacks a try and let me know what you think!
If you think I’ve missed a great hack that you know, go ahead and share it with me in the comments!
- Clean Air Vents With A Spoon And A Towel
- Clean Your Windshield And Windows With Baby Wipes
- Make Your Own Air Freshener
- Clean Your Cup Holders With A Sock
- Keep A Tissue Box At Hand
- Protect The Backs Of The Seats
- Keep The Upholstery Fresh With Baking Soda
- Get Rid of Excess Moisture With Silica Gel
- Clean Your Wheels
- Wash your Car with Castile Soap
- Use An Iron To Remove Crayon Stains
- Polish The Leather With Olive Oil
- Freshen Up Your Car With A Pineapple
- Hide Your USB Cables In A Garbage Bin
- Fill In The Empty Space Between The Front Seats