9 Easy Car Cleaning Hacks That Don't Involve The Car Wash

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I love when my car is clean, but I hate having to pay for it to get detailed. Yes, it's great when they vacuum everything out, but it just seems like there should be an easier way to get it spic and span without having to spend a ton of money.

I usually try to keep the car tidy, yet despite my best efforts, it always manages to get dirty pretty quickly. That's when I decided to go look for easy ways to keep my car clean, or at least get it clean on my own.

These are the best hacks I found.

1. Dryer Sheets

Once you've used a dryer sheet enough times, it's time to toss it. Or is it? You can use old dryer sheets to keep the exterior of your car nice and clean.

Simply use the sheet to wipe off those pesky bugs that get stuck to your hood and headlights. It gets the bugs off easily, and won't scratch your car!

2. Cupcake Liners

Did you know that cupcake liners fit perfectly in your cup holders? This makes them perfect to keep those holders nice and clean.

By placing them in your cup holders, the liners will collect the dirt and dust that usually accumulate in the car. That way, instead of having to try and clean each holder out, you can just toss the cupcake liner and start fresh.

3. Toothpaste

Headlights can get dirty, but it seems like a waste to get a whole car wash just for them. But if you dab some toothpaste onto the headlights, then rub them down with a rag, you'll be able to get them clean and clear.

You can also use your toothbrush on the interior of your car, getting into the tiny crevasses you may not be able to reach otherwise.

4. Squeegee

Pet owners will understand the struggle of your car seats being covered in fur. Thankfully, you can get rid of it easily with a squeegee!

Spray a little bit of water on the seats and run the squeegee over the upholstery. Do not let the water soak into the seat.

The squeegee will pull the damp pet hair with it as you run it along the seat.

5. Baking Soda & Vinegar

Everyone's seats could use a little cleaning once in a while. In order to keep the upholstery looking amazing, use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar!

Create a paste and scrub it into the seats. Rinse it out and you'll be left with fresh seats, free of dirt and smells.

6. Olive Oil

It sounds weird, I know. But olive oil can keep your dashboard looking shiny, and also stop if from cracking. Anyone who has kept a car for a long period of time knows that dashboards can start to get dry, but olive oil prevents that!

Rub a little bit of olive oil onto your dashboard about once a month. This will keep it clean, shiny, and less likely to crack.

7. Makeup Brush

If you notice the air conditioning in your car feels a little musty, it could be because of your air vents. Over time, dust and dirt build up in your vents and when you turn on the A/C, it blows right into your car.

Using an old makeup brush, you can clean inside your vents and get out any dust and dirt that could cause a musty smell. It's a great tip for people with pets, as the hair can get caught in the vents too.

8. Rubbing Alcohol

Windshield wipers serve a great purpose, but they can start to get a little streaky over time. You can prevent the streaks by wiping down the wiper blades with rubbing alcohol after big rain storms.

The rubbing alcohol takes away the water residue that builds up on the blades and can cause streaks.

9. Tupperware

Having a place to put garbage in your car is always a good idea. You can use a tall tupperware container, like you would store cereal in, and put a plastic bag in it.

That way, you have a make-shift garbage can to avoid your car getting filled with litter!

[H/T: Mom 4 Real]

What's your best car cleaning hack?