Let’s face it, nothing quite compares to feasting your eyes on a brand new car. Everything is shiny and the fresh smell of the vehicle is something we wish could stay with us forever. That first drive is incredible. However, as time goes on, cars start to get dirty, like most things. They pick up dirt and dust and require a fair amount of cleaning and maintenance. This begs the question: what is the most efficient way to keep your car in top condition? Here are 25 awesome cleaning tricks that you should definitely try out if you haven’t already.
Toothpaste Isn’t Just For Your Teeth
Cleaning your car headlights can cost an absolute fortune. Of course, it is crucial to make sure that they are pristine so that we can get a clear view of what’s in front of us, especially in the dark.
As a result, we have come up with a trick for you. If you take some toothpaste and put it on the headlight, you will never struggle in the dark. Simply rub carefully, clean it, and dry it. Ultimately, it’s a very cheap option.
Nail Polish Trick
Another unexpected material that you can use to clean your car is nail polish. It might seem strange to use this, but what you will begin to learn about many of these tricks is that it’s all about taking something with a unique purpose and realizing that it can be used for something completely different.
Nail polish is a perfect example. If you have any small cracks in your car, apply some nail polish and it will bide you some time until you call the repairman.
Asphalt For The Bumper
Like most things, your car’s black bumper is bound to get worn over time, especially after being exposed to the sun. However, if you want to keep that bumper clean and black, use a little bit of asphalt.
However, there is a correct way to apply this substance. All you have to do is take a shoe sponge and brush the bumper with broad strokes. The harder you do it, the blacker the bumper will be. Just follow these steps and voila – success.
A Magic Trick (Sort Of…)
This is one of those car cleaning tricks that isn’t so obvious. You might have been looking at this strange thing at a store and wondering what it is. Basically, it’s a magic eraser.
This awesome invention removes all surface stains, and this also applies to your car seats. Just dunk it in some water and scrub the surface a couple of times and before you know it, your car will pretty much be spring clean!
While we usually drink Coca-Cola, there are actually multiple things this classic beverage can be used for, and one of these purposes is to clean one’s car. In fact, coke can be used in a variety of ways to give your car a much-needed spring cleaning.
One way is by pouring the drink over the desired rusty area and then scrub a sponge in a circular motion. You can use this method on virtually any part of your interior.
Strange Bar Of Soap
Most cars now come with a button for clearing the windshield. However, if your car has seen better days and isn’t operating to its full potential, there are some cheap homemade solutions.
One of these is a bar of soap. Simply take the bar, apply to the glass that needs cleaning, and scrub with a cloth. This awesome technique will ensure that your windows/mirrors will not be consumed by fog. Also, it prevents the problem from reoccurring. A potato also works (apparently)…
WD-40 Is The Answer
We were all young at one point, and we can all admit that we did some regretful things in our youth. Many would say that having bumper stickers is one of those youthful fails.
Whether it’s your ex’s name, your favorite band, or just a corny catchphrase, it’s likely that at some point, you’ll want to get rid of it. But how do you do it without leaving a mess? The answer is one word: WD-40.
Another product on this list that has multiple purposes, with one of them being for cleaning your car, is Vaseline. While it’s primary function is to prevent dry lips, the classic product is actually very useful for dirty cars.
Simply get a cloth, apply some Vaseline and rub it on the surface of your desire. Before you know it, your car will be very clean and very shiny! Out of all of the methods on this list, this one’s a doozy.
Hair Of The Dog
This particular car-cleaning trick will only work if you have a dog. For those of us who have a canine friend in our lives, having a car helps this relationship in the long-run.
However, with man’s best friend comes man’s worst nightmare – hair of the dog. In order to clear up all that excess hair in your car, get a vacuum cleaner and “go to town.” If that doesn’t fully work, then apply some water and a brush.
Always The Real Thing
As previously mentioned, Coca-Cola can benefit your car in multiple ways. Here is another example. One part of a car that can be easily ignored is the battery. Over time, dirt can fill up in this area.
So how does coke come into play? Simply soak a cloth in the fizzy drink and then get into the nooks and crannies. Believe it or not, that’s just two of the many ways that Coca-Cola can keep your car clean…
Why Not Some Olive Oil?
If you thought Coca-Cola was a surprise addition to this list, prepare to be surprised once again with olive oil. While many associate it with Mediterranean salads, olive oil has many uses to its name outside of the kitchen.
When it comes to one’s car, if your furnishings are covered with leather, olive oil is actually a pretty sensible thing to use to keep this material clean. Rub in circles with a cloth and you’re good to go.
It might come as a surprise, but baking soda is another product that can also make your car as good as new. But what exactly is it for? One thing’s for sure, this product will make your car smell really good.
Sometimes, unpleasant odors are a nightmare to get rid of, and that’s where baking soda comes into play. Simply put some on your seats, let it sit for a few hours and then vacuum what’s left.
Use Some Hair Conditioner!
If you wanted to know what is the most unusual product that could help your car shine like never before, then always go with hair conditioner.
Normally it makes sense to use this on one’s hair, but not many realize that the exact same product can make surfaces incredibly shiny! Like other products that create a similar effect, always make sure to rub the surface in a circular motion in order to get the best possible results.
How To Clean Creepy Crawlies
Insects can be very annoying, especially on long trips. Don’t worry though, there is a way to get rid of bugs and driving without fear of getting bites.
All you need to use is cleaning wipes to get the job done. We would recommend adding a bit of water in order to maximize the chances of no more creepy crawlies. All we want is to feel like there are no intruders.
All The Nooks & Crannies
Some corners of your car might seem impossible to clean, and as a result, you choose to ignore this issue until it becomes far too unbearable. But the truth is it’s never too late to solve this problem.
As you can see in the photo, you only need to wrap a towel around a screwdriver to get into those tight spaces you thought were impossible to get into. You could even use a disposable sock.
Clean Those Mats
Mats are an important feature of any car. With that comes the inevitable dirt that builds up both on top of and underneath them. If you like strolling through the woods, or getting your boots dirty, then the likelihood is that these matters will need more regular maintenance.
How does one make sure they stay clean? One neat little trick is putting them in the laundry, selecting the softest mode. Of course, use stain remover and detergent as well.
Air Freshener On A Budget
Many people use air fresheners to give the interiors of their cars a pleasant smell. However, if you can’t even afford to buy one of these at your local gas station, there is a potentially cheaper alternative.
All you need to do is cut a small piece from a scented candle and put it in a glass container. Then, poke some holes into the lid so that the scent will get out.
Newspaper Is A Neat Little Trick
If you have a car with windows made out of normal glass, then this could be the perfect method to cleaning them. All you need is window cleaner and some newspapers to clean them with.
While this is believed to be a great way of cleaning car windows, we must stress that this only works with normal glass. So if you have tinted windows this is completely out of the question.
Make Sure To Dry Well
Sure, anyone can give a car a good scrub. However, the cleaning process will all be for nothing if one doesn’t know how to dry properly. Of course, there is a right and wrong way to dry a car after cleaning.
Here is the right way to do it. Take a large towel that you no longer use for any other reason and with soft movements, dry the entire car. It will be as good as new.
Don’t Forget The Windshield
Every part of the car needs a good cleaning every once in the while, and the windshield is no different. However, while many keep the exterior of the windshield in great condition, this often means that they’ll neglect the interior side.
In order to make sure both sides are well kept, simply clean the interior the way you would the exterior. Mix some detergent with warm water and if you want, you could even use some vinegar.
A gel of silicone can be very useful when cleaning a car. So if you need to give your vehicle some maintenance, and don’t have any silicone gel, we recommend you go get some! It’s very useful for air vents, which often get filled up with dust very quickly.
It’s fundamental that they stay clean and dustless, because that’s where heating/cool air comes from. Make no mistake about it though, you can also clean other parts of the car with silicone gel.
Wheels As Good As New
It goes without saying, but having clean wheels is always a good thing for any driver. In order to keep them in top condition, mixing clorox with lysol is a good way to go.
This mix, when applied to a cloth, is a great way to keep wheels looking shiny and pristine. However, it does require some intense rubbing. Nothing worth having in life doesn’t come without hard work, and this is one of them.
Vents Also Need Cleaning
While vents need to be cleaned on the outside, they all need cleaning on the inside. All it takes is a couple of minutes of brushing and voila, no more dust.
However, it is imperative to not ignore the inside of the vents, because they can get very smelly if left unattended. For simple health reasons, it is very important to keep vents in pristine conditions. Mold can build up inside, which is never recommended for the lungs.
Paint On Paint
Most tricks on this list are pretty simple to carry out. However, if you really want to be a pro and push your car to the limits of perfection, then applying two layers of paint on top of the foundation is a huge plus.
It will protect the car for a long time from the elements. A paint job is usually done to make the car look better and shinier. But this paint job is purely to ensure that it’s in top condition.
Q-Tips All The Way
It might not seem like the most obvious tool to clean cars with, but q-tips actually go a long way in cleaning the most unattainable corners of a vehicle.
This stick wrapped in a tiny piece of cotton is the perfect way to put those finishing touches to your car spring clean. If you want your car to be pristine, then you need something small to help you cover every single detail. Q-tips are the way to go.
It might not be a huge secret, but having magic wipes is always a useful tool for cleaning one’s car. If you haven’t got time to really give your windows a spring clean and you just want some basic level of clarity, then wipes are a good way to go.
Not to mention the fact you can find them in virtually every store and they are normally pretty cheap. Parents are used to having them around for their kids, but any driver should also consider having them.
Mixing Silicone With Putty
Once again, silicone gel comes along to save the day. However, this time it’s a case of mixing it with putty. This has proven to be a useful tool to clean any small imperfections in your car.
These include window buttons, which might not seem like an important thing to clean. Nevertheless, they are. All you have to do is press this weird putty mix on the small nooks and crannies, and you’re onto a winner.
One For The Road
For those of you who live in cold areas, you’ll be familiar with the salt used to melt snow. However, you’ll also know that this salt can cause damage to one’s car.
It is often overlooked but is nevertheless, a serious problem. What can we do to solve this? Simply mix some salt and vinegar and place it under the car in order to prevent any form of erosion. It might seem like too much effort, but it’s worth it.