Keeping your car clean by yourself can be difficult whereas car washes on the other hand are expensive and they don’t leave your car in the best shape. Car washes may leave your car full of scratches, whirls, ruin your paint job and be expensive on your pocket.
On reading several articles, people have come to the conclusion that car washes are not safe for your car paint. Going through a car wash can damage your car’s paint ranging from a few dollars to thousands of dollars, whether it be automated car washes or hand car washes. Their water, cloth and rough fibers are the reason why some people get whirls on their paint job.
Being said that, here are 11 ways which you can leverage to keep your car clean
1. Remove the poop with soda.
If your windshield wipers are not doing a good job in removing dirt or bird poop, just take a damp cloth, a cola and clean your windshield with that.
Cola can break up the bird poop or dust that has been stuck on your windshield for a while, just clean it with the cola cloth and then give it a good rinse with water and you’re good to go.
2. Dry that sticker out.
Car stickers are the worst, even if you buy a new car you must’ve had the company’s logo or the showroom sticker glued to some part of your car.
Scratching it off will leave some nasty marks, therefore; warming up the sticker with a hair dryer and then peeling it off will save your car from getting those nasty marks. For the left over stains just use warm, soapy water and it will be like your car never had a sticker.
3. Take the dirt off with a toothbrush
Now I’m pretty sure you have an old toothbrush lying around somewhere. You can put that to some use. Cleaning up any dried up liquids or food crumbs with a toothbrush can give your car seats a new look.
All you have to do is mix a little baking soda with water, sprinkle it over the seat and brush the dirt away.
4. Pet fur is easy to remove
If you’re a dog lover like me, I’m sure you have their hair stuck on your seat. Removing pet fur is pretty easy, blow up a balloon and rub it around the area with fur which will create static electricity and lift the hair.
5. Clean up your dashboard with a Screwdriver
The junction between your dashboard and your console can be a pretty tough spot to reach. That’s why you need to grab yourself a flat screw driver and cover it with a clean cloth and scrub away the tough spots with covered end of the screwdriver.
6. You can use baby wipes for almost anything
Keeping baby wipes in your glove compartment can come in handy. Whether you’ve spilled some coffee or soda, it can be removed by wiping the area with baby wipes.
Furthermore, if you’re wind shield is bombarded with dirt or bugs on the road, you can easily clean it by wiping your windows by these magic wipes.
7. Groom your dashboard with Vaseline
Vaseline can accomplish wonders for your dashboard. Just rub a little on a piece of cloth and polish your dashboard with it. It will keep your dashboard clean, give it a new car look and most importantly, it’s inexpensive.
8. Use Chamois to dry and clean your car
If you truly want a scratch free washing experience, always use chamois. They have no abrasive properties and the best bit, it has excellent absorbent properties.
9. Fix the bad smell of your car A/C by spraying Lysol spray
The #1 cause of the bad smell is because of fungus and mold. These organisms move into moist, enclosed areas and can grow exponentially.
Lysol spray (Disinfectant spray) can get rid of these critters in no time.
Here’s what you can do about it:
- Buy a Lysol spray
- Start your car and turn the A/C on, full speed. You have to make sure the fan is set to pull air from the outside
- Roll down all your windows
- Finally start spraying the Lysol on the exterior vents for 20-30 seconds.
10. Line your cup holders with silicone baking cups
Cup holders can be extremely difficult to clean especially in the tight spots. To prevent it from getting messy, line your cup holders with silicone baking cups. Silicone can hold up a lot of moisture.
11. Place a compact trash can in your car
Placing a small trash can in your car can keep your car’s interior garbage-free.