15 Simple Hacks to Keep Your Car Clean and Tidy
The average American driver spends about 293 hours behind the wheel a year. So it’s no wonder that our car feels like an extension of our house and we usually put a lot of effort to keep it clean and mess-free. Luckily, today we can find tons of car hacks that can save our time and improve our driving process.
Bright Side has collected 15 proven tips that will help you organize the space in your car and keep it clean and shiny.
15. Clean air vents with a spoon and a towel.
Air vents are one of the hardest places to clean in your car. But there’s always a way out — take a small towel, wrap it around the stem of a fork or a spoon, and clean the space between the vent blades with it.
14. Freshen up your car with a pineapple.
If you want to quickly freshen the air in your car, take a pineapple and peel it. Put the large pieces from the peels into a freezer bag and place the bag on the dashboard. Soon you’ll sense a nice tropical smell all around you.
13. Clean your cup holders with a sock.
Drink holders are usually the messiest places in a car, but this simple hack will help you easily remove all the dirt and crumbs from them by using this handy trick.
12. Keep a tissue box at hand.
A tissue box holder can be easily fixed on the sun visor of your car to provide a quick access to wipes or tissues. You won’t have to rummage through your bag anymore — just raise your hand, slide the box open, grab a tissue, and quickly clean the mess.
11. Keep the upholstery fresh with baking soda.
To remove bad odors from your car carpets and upholstery, simply sprinkle some baking soda on them. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and then clean the area with a vacuum cleaner. Baking soda will also help you kill harmful bacteria without using any chemical substances.
10. Polish the leather with olive oil.
Olive oil can be used as a natural treatment for your leather seats, doors, and dashboard. But don’t apply it directly to them because this can cause stains. Instead, pour some olive oil on a piece of cloth, gently wipe the surface, and make it look shiny again.
9. Use an iron to remove crayon stains.
If your kids left some crayon stains or melted wax on the seats of your car, iron a piece of paper over the upholstery and pick it up while it’s still hot. The wax will stick to the paper and leave your seats as clean as they were before.
8. Clean your windshield and windows with baby wipes.
It turns out that baby wipes don’t just work on children — the ingredients they contain can help keep your windows and windshield clean for a long time. Besides that, they don’t leave streaks so you won’t have to use any additional cleaning agents.
7. Protect the backs of the seats.
If you have active kids, you probably know how messy the back of your seats can get over time. In this case, a car seat back protector will help you shield your seats from moisture and dirty footprints left by your offspring.
6. Hide your USB cables in a garbage bin.
Are you tired of all the wires sticking out of your dashboard? Then take a mini garbage bin and make a slot in it with a saw. Put a USB cable inside the bin and place it in the cup holder. Next time you want to charge your phone, just pull the cable out of the bin and return it after using.
5. Make your own air freshener.
If the weather outside is really hot, you can actually use it to get rid of unpleasant smells and freshen your car. To do this, take a cheap salt shaker, put some scented melting wax inside, and place it on the dashboard. When it gets warm enough, the wax will melt and fill your car with an amazing smell.
4. Fill in the empty space between the front seats.
Do your things always fall down and disappear in the Bermuda Triangle between the front seats and your center console? Then try to use gap seat space fillers and you won’t lose your keys, phones, change, or other stuff anymore.
3. Get rid of excess moisture with silica gel.
If your car always seems to be too damp, save some silica gel packets from your old shoe boxes. Then tape them to the dashboard or store them in a jar near the windshield. The desiccants contained in silica gel will absorb the water from the air and eliminate the foggy windshield that happens during winter months.
2. Create your own storage system.
Back seat organizers can prevent your car from becoming a complete mess. You can simply buy an organizer online or make your own one using some fabric, a sewing machine, and your imagination. And don’t forget to make a separate pocket for a smartphone or a tablet — it will help keep your kids occupied with cartoons during long trips.
1. Make a phone holder.
If you need a way to use the GPS on your phone and go hands-free at the same time, take a rubber band, thread it through the top of the air vent, and pull it out through the bottom. Then snap both ends around your phone and enjoy your drive!
Bonus: How to prevent door dings
To avoid hitting the car next to you in a parking lot, take a pool noodle, cut it to about 20 cm long, and split one side open. Just place this device on the door of your car when someone parks too close to you, and you won’t have to worry about the risks associated with bumping.
Do you have your own hacks you use to clean and organize your car? Share them with us in the comments!