Cleaning a car is one of the tedious tasks in life that you feel like avoiding but you just have to do it as every delay makes the task even more difficult. Some decide to leave it to professionals, but for those people who see a car as more than a material thing, cleaning their vehicle is a crucial part of that relationship.
Depending on the season, cars can get messy in different ways: crumbs, dust, mud can all be an issue at one time or another. But if you like manual work and feel like dedicating a few hours to your car every couple of weeks, there are tricks that can make the cleaning both easier and more effective. Here are ten of those.
Spring usually means mud, and with the mud come the dirty mats. You don’t have to buy new ones every time they get dirty, though.
Simply make a paste using white vinegar and baking soda and use a toothbrush to scrub off the mud with it. Once dry, simply vacuum!
2. Hard-to-reach areas
You cannot stop dust from circulating inside your car, so there has to be a way to clean all those tiny places, right? There is!
Take a small paint brush and start sweeping. Once done, vacuum.
Don’t use toxic sprays and wipes to clean a small space like a car, no matter how effective they claim to be.
Some olive oil and a piece of cloth are all you really need to condition and polish the leather on your dashboard.
4. For pet owners
Vacuuming fur can sometimes turn out to be difficult and time-consuming. It’s not impossible, though.
Simply spray a bottle of water lightly wetting the car seats. Then, take a squeegee and drag it along the damp surfaces. The hair should come off instantly.
Instead of using one of those strong car fresheners, we suggest you make your own.
Mix some baking soda and essential oil and place it in a mason jar with holes at the top for your own natural car freshener.
To prevent them from smearing and smudging all you need is some regular rubbing alcohol!
Simply clean your windshield wipers using a rag soaked in warm soapy water. Wipe the blades until the last speck of dirt is on the rag. Then, using a clean rag, wipe the edges using a small amount of rubbing alcohol.
You won’t find a better way to clean a windshield than the classic vinegar and newspaper combo. Just spray some of it all over the glass, let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe it all off with newspaper.
Getting your chrome wheels all shiny doesn’t get easier than this: mix some vinegar and water, spray it all over your chrome and wipe it down with a rag.
For regular wheel caps, mix some baking soda and water into a paste, rub it all over the wheels with a brush, then rinse it off.
Nothing ruins the impression of a car like stained seats do. To clean them, fill a squirt bottle with some hot water and 1-2 tbsp of detergent and spray. Rub with a cloth and watch those stains magically disappear!