10 Clever Car Cleaning and Organizing Tips
The average American drives 13,476 miles per year, which equates to a lot of time spent in the car. For individuals who commute, the time spent in the car can be even higher—and it only increases for those who have kids.
With all the time Americans spend in the car, vehicles can get dirty pretty fast. Whether it’s crumbs in the seat from a road trip, sticky spilled coffee in the cup holder or toys accumulated in the backseat from entertaining kids, most people have faced a mess in the car at one point or another. The problem is, cleaning out a car can be a hassle. Detail cleaning can seem daunting with air vents and lots of small spaces for messes to hide—but it doesn’t have to be so bad.
Ten tips for cleaning and organizing your car:
1. Rubbing Alcohol
If your wiper blades are smearing water rather than removing it, take a clean cloth with some rubbing alcohol and gently run it against the rubber that makes contact with the windshield. It will get your wipers back to normal.
Use an old toothbrush for detail cleaning. It can reach into all the nooks and crannies of your vehicle and can be used wet with soap or dry to bring up dirt and dust.
3. Spray Bottle & Squeegee
Use a spray bottle and squeegee to remove stubborn pet hair on your cloth seats. Start by lightly spraying water on your seats and drag the squeegee across them to gather pet hair at the base of the seat.
4. Cupcake Liner
Use a silicone cupcake liner in your cup holders. It will protect against unwanted dust, debris and liquids from getting stuck at the bottom.
Remove any old bumper stickers by lightly spraying them with WD-40.
If you have dirty headlights, put some toothpaste on a microfiber cloth to buff them clean and rinse thoroughly with water. They will be crystal clear and increase your visibility.
7. Compressed Air
Use compressed air to blast dust and debris from your air vents and use a foam arts and crafts sponge to remove anything that’s still stuck inside.
8. Plastic Bags
Travel with plastic bags for any trash, wet clothes or dirty shoes by keeping them stashed in an empty tissue box.
9. Plastic Shower Caddy
Use a plastic shower caddy to organize items you want to travel with like toiletries, cosmetics or a roadside emergency kit. It will keep everything neatly stashed in a console, the trunk, between two seats or on the floor.
10. Remote Control Caddy
Use a remote control caddy, typically used on a bed or reclining armchair in the car. It can help keep your umbrella, extra tissues, plastic bags and other travel items organized and off the floor.