Let’s face it, nobody likes driving around in a garbage can on wheels. And no matter what you think, it is always important to keep your car as clean as possible at all times. But going to get your car detailed is so hard and expensive, while cleaning out your car takes up so much time and energy.

Well, as the saying goes, work smarter not harder. Clean freaks and messy-heads unite! We have uncovered the best hacks around for keeping your car clean all the time, or, if you are a mess already, easy ways to clean up without it taking hours of your day or killing your back. There are plenty of people around the world that have used these techniques that are in here, enjoyed what they did to enhance their driving experience and have probably introduced this to their homes as well.

Several lessons that we learned through writing this piece is that lemon is good for MANY things, and that household products are good for your car too (well, some of them at least, others may just ruin your vehicle so watch out). There is nothing like a clean car, well, maybe a new car and that new car smell, but other than that, there really is nothing like a well kept four wheeled best friend who takes you from point A to point B in clean and tidy style. This goes for men and women as equals, despite there being a reputation for men to be obsessed with their cars, women are capable of keeping their car as clean as their male counterparts can. So check out these car cleaning hacks that’ll make cleaning up a breeze.

Bleach your wheels

Getting those rims clean is no easy feat. There is a great hack for it, though! Get hold of some bleach powder (Clorox and the like), sprinkle it onto a rag and add a splash of Lysol to the area where the powder is. Now, scrub the metal rim of your car and see how beautifully all the grime is scrubbed away to reveal the original sparkle that was there when the car was manufactured. The work isn’t easy but it well worth it!

Foam brushes for your vents

Air vents need to be kept clean. You never know when someone with a dust allergy will come into your car and have a dust sneezing attack. Additionally, it simply is not healthy to be breathing in all of that dust. So go down to your local hardware store and get a cheap, small foam brush. Now you can clean out those vents and keep your car smelling fresh as well.

Toothbrush detail

If you want to detail your car you don’t necessarily need all of those fancy tools and and kits. All you truly need is a toothbrush and a bit of moxie mixed with elbow grease. The bristles in the toothbrush will dig down deep into crevices and get that dirt out. That is exactly what happens whenever you brush your teeth, so you know that this brush will be able to do the job.

Toothpaste for your headlights

If your headlights are so cloudy that it looks like you’re trying to flash beams in a heavy fog on a super clear night, you may need to get over to a body shop and drop nearly $1,000 on new headlights. OR you can take a toothpaste (especially a whitening toothpaste), and clean your headlights yourself. Just put the toothpaste on the lense, scrub, rinse it off, and dry. Voilà, a brand new(ish) headlight.

Take off bumper stickers with WD-40

So bumper stickers used to be cool, but do you really want everyone and their father to know that you love motley crue or that you love bacon to an extreme degree? Bumper stickers have super sticky glue, so taking them off usually requires you peeling off some paint. But no longer, as all you need to do is spray some WD-40 on the sticker, wait until it soaks into the sticker, and then peel.

Shine your body with clay

Let’s say you want that showroom finish and shine but without the showroom prices for that shine. A great way to “cheap out” but get that same exact look is by using a clay bar on your car’s body paint. This is due to the fact that the clay picks up the gunk on your car’s body while leaving a clean, shiny finish.

Remember to clean vents

Your car may be completely clean on the inside, but still smell horrible. What can be causing this problem? Well, it may be your air filters need cleaning. If your air filters are not clean, your car will be getting all the smells of the city, or worse – mold. If there is mold in your filters you may be at risk of developing respiratory diseases. So make sure your filters are clean.

DIY washer fluid

Washer fluid is very easy to make if you need some in a pinch – especially during the hot dry and dusty summer months. All you need to do is mix three cups of grain alcohol and four cups of water together, adding a miniscule two teaspoons of dishwashing detergent. Put it in an empty bottle to keep in case you have find yourself without the fluid in an emergency.

Q-tip detailing

If you really want that on point finish and clean for your car, use a Q-Tip. Q-tips are amazing because they can fit anywhere and everywhere – from cup holders to car logos. Because of their cotton ends they are really able to clean up any excess cleaning product left over. And the best part – they come in packs of 1,000, so you do not need to worry if you use one or 20.

Emergency glass polish

No matter who you are, man or woman, you should keep a bottle of clear nail polish inside of your car. This is because if a tiny pebble jumps up at you on the highway as you’re going 75 miles per hour, you will get a crack, a tiny crack which can grow and shatter the windshield on you. Put on this nail polish and the crack won’t grow, and you’ll be able to safely get to a garage.

Magic erasers clean your interior

If you have gross stains on your leather or vinyl seats, well there is no need to worry. You can fix those suckers up in a jiff. All you need to do is get a Magic Eraser from your local convenience store and just scrub out those stains. Just get the eraser a little wet and gently start to scrub. You’ll have clean, factory fresh seats in absolutely no time.

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Samantha Redburn
Samantha is an Emmy-award winning television producer and a New York Times bestselling co-author and ghostwriter specializing in editorial support and book creation with celebrities, experts, entrepreneurs, thought and industry leaders. Her prescriptive and narrative non-fiction titles fall under the categories of health & wellness, personal development, inspiration, business lite, parenting and memoir including titles that have been translated into more than 20 foreign languages. She is the principal of manuscript development for YellowSkyMedia, her company in Petaluma, Ca, with clients nationwide.

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