Car Cleaning Hacks for Those On A Budget

1. A MAKEUP BRUSH GOES A LONG WAY

A makeup brush is just the right size to get into the small crevices of the air vents.  Your air vents produce a lot of dust in your car, which is why you will want to clean those out on occasion.  You can even try a paintbrush, but the softer bristles on the makeup brush will pick up the fine dust particles a lot easier.

2. ELIMINATE PET HAIR

Taking your pets with you in the car can be fun, but the mess they leave behind is a pain. Here’s a super great car cleaning hack. Have a spray bottle with plain water in it. Mist the seat where the pet hair is, but don’t get the seat soaked. Using a squeegee, run it over the seats back and forth until you get all the pet hair up. It will pull all the pet hair with it.

3. GET RID OF THOSE STAINS

To do a deeper clean of your seats, make a paste out of vinegar and baking soda. Scrub it into the stains and then rinse it out. It will take away dirt you didn’t even know was there! It will also help with any weird smells, too!

4. A LITTLE OLIVE OIL GOES A LONG WAY

Keep your dashboard looking shiny and new with a little olive oil. Rubbing it into your dash will keep it looking nice and it will help keep some moisture in the material. That way, over time, it’s less likely to crack.

5. LINE YOUR CUPHOLDERS

This is a cleaning hack that will keep you out in the future. Once you’ve got your cup holders all cleaned out, put a silicone cupcake liner in them. The liners will gather any gunk and junk and the next time you go to clean the car, all you’ll have to do is take out the liners, shake them out, rinse, dry, and pop them back in!

6. DIY AIR FRESHENER

Do you have extra fabric refreshener you don’t use at home? For example, “Downy Unstoppables?” Well, those fabric scents pack an incredible punch of sweet aromas! Take any leftover container you have, preferably a small one, or even a mason jar, and add some holes to the lid.  Make them big enough for any scent to linger in the car.  Add those laundry pellets, or even the laundry balls you throw into the dryer, inside of the container.  Find a hot sunny day, and let it fill your car with a sweet new perfume.

7. KEEP YOUR USED DRYER SHEETS

Is your car a total bug magnet? It can be a serious pain to get all the bug parts off of the outside of your vehicle, but thanks to used dryer sheets, this task becomes way easier. Rub the used dryer sheet over your car and watch as the bugs come off so much easier. Then you can wash your car without worrying about them being stuck on.

8. CONDITIONER GIVES A GREAT SHINE

This one might surprise you. Get a conditioner with lanolin in it. Check the ingredients on the conditioner sitting in your shower; you may already have what you need. The reason Lanolin works so well is because it’s a fatty byproduct found in sheep.  This substance provides a nice shine to the car after a nice wash.

9. THE TOOTHPASTE HACK

This one is already famous all over the internet right now.  Toothpaste does a great job to buff away the fogginess on your headlight covers. Specifically, Arm and Hammer toothpaste.  It has to basically be all white toothpaste, not the gel or blue kind—those ones work the best! Take a toothbrush you don’t use, and some toothpaste you could find at the dollar store, and rub it all over your headlights.  Give it a couple of minutes, and then scrub away in circles.  Afterwards, just wipe it away with water and a towel.   You will see an instance difference if done right.  You may have to work for the shine, but it beats paying for headlight restoration at an auto shop.

10. SAY GOODBYE TO SMUDGED UP WINDSHIELDS

They say if you rub your windshield wipers with a little rubbing alcohol, it will prevent them from smudging the next time you use them to clean the windshield. I haven’t tried this myself, but if you do give it a try—let us know!

Written by GT Service Center