20 Genius Car Cleaning Tricks That Local Dealers Won't Tell You
Car cleaning job can be both physically and mentally draining. But with these 20 cleaning tips and tricks, you can make the cleaning process a breeze. Moreover, it will save you a big fortune. Read on to find out!
1. Shine Your Headlights With Toothpaste
Toothpaste can help remove dirt from your car headlights. Just apply a layer of non-gel toothpaste to the headlight, and then wipe it off with a microfiber cloth. In less than two minutes, the light will shine as ever.
2. Clean Your Air Vents And Fans With A Can Of Compressed Air
Getting dust out of hard-to-reach places will be much easier if you choose the right tool. You can use a can of compressed air to remove the dirt in air vents and fans.
3. Tackle The Hiding Dust With Sponge Brush
If a can of compressed air doesn't get the job done to your full satisfaction, take out your little sponge brush and wet it. This should get the dirt out of small crevices more easily.
4. Clean Your Seat With A Toothbrush
A toothbrush can be great at removing crumbs and other tiny particles from car seat crevices. Besides that, it's also amazing at lifting dirt and stains on the seat. You just need some elbow grease.
5. Take Off Bumper Stickers With A Cloth Or WD-40
Removing a sticky bumper sticker from your car can be so easy. You just need to wet the sticker with a warm wet cloth and rub the cloth until the sticker is soaked, then tear it off. You can also spray some WD-40 onto the corners of the sticker and peel it off with a bank card.
6. Use Newspapers To Clean Car Windows
The Newspaper absorbs grease and oil better than cloths, so it can help make car windows extra shiny. Just spray your window cleaner onto the window, crumple up the newspaper, and wipe away the dirt.
7. Get Rid Of Pet Peeves With A Squeegee
Your pet can make a mess of the back seat of your car, and getting all that loose fur out is far from easy. Here comes the solution. Spray some water on the seats, and use a squeegee to gather these annoying stuff before collecting them with your vacuum. Then you'll see the magic.
8. Buff The Interior With Olive Oil
Olive oil is considered to be much more effective than any cleaning product when it comes to polishing your car's interior. Dab the oil on a cloth first and rub it on a small area of the dashboard or seat. If the oil reacts well, wipe the whole surface.
9. Clean Your Floor Mats Properly
How do you deal with the stubborn stains on your floor mats? You may put the mats directly into the washing machine. But next time, add some stain remover onto the mats first and wash them on a gentle cycle with detergent. This will protect both the mats and the washer.
10. Refresh Your Car With Nanotech Scratch Remover Cloths
Adopting advanced nanotechnology, these Multipurpose Scratch Remover Cloths can not only remove car scratches and stains, but also restore car color and protect paint surfaces. Sounds amazing! Such a cloth on Amazon.com goes for about $9. It's worth trying.
11. Repair The Scratch With Nail Polish
Aside from the Nanotech Scratch Remover Cloth, you can also use a matching-toned nail polish to fix the scratch on your car. While it may not look seamless, it's certainly better than receiving a dulled scratch greeting each time you unlock your car.
12. Get A Good-Smelling Car With Baking Soda
Here is an easy way to deal with bad odors on your car seat. Just sprinkle baking soda onto the affected areas, let it sit for 15-20 minutes, and then vacuum it up. The smell should be gone by then.
13. Remove The Tar With Mayo
Sometimes, picking up tar from the road is inevitable. You can easily remove it with mayonnaise. Apply a small amount of mayonnaise to the tar and wait for 10 minutes. Then wash it away with soap and warm water.
14. Remove Wax With An Iron
Candles, crayons, or other waxy products make a mess in your car? No worries, as you only need an iron to remove them. Just place a sheet of paper over the stain and iron over it. The heat from the iron will break down the wax and transfer it to the paper. Genius!
15. Get A Sleek Finish With The Help Of Hair Conditioner
After washing your car, you can use hair conditioner to get a much more shiny finish. Yes, you read that right. That sleek, waxed look can be attained by applying the mixture of 1/2 cup of any conditioner and 2 cups of water. Just be careful that your now shinning car won't distract other drivers!
16. Clean Car Blades With Rubbing Alcohol
How annoying it is when you switch on windshield wipers for a clear view, only to find the wipers blurring your vision even more! Well, that's not a problem anymore. You just need to wipe the wipers with rubbing alcohol, as this will both clean and prevent stains.
17. DIY All-Natural Air Freshener That Costs Under $1
Instead of buying an expensive air freshener, you can make your own that costs less than $1. First, fill a normal mason jar half full with baking soda. Second, add 10-15 drops of essential oil. Third, cover the jar with a piece of breathable fabric and screw the lid over the fabric. Finally, shake to mix the contents. Voila! Instant all-natural air freshener!
18. Shine Your Car With Armor All Original Protectant Wipes
These auto cleaning wipes are great for shining hubcaps, wheels, and vinyl car interiors. They can make your car sparkle without an expensive trip to the service station for cleaning. By the way, the mechanics there are probably using the same thing.
19. Fix Dents With A Plunge
If you have a small dent somewhere on your car and you don't want to pay hundreds of dollars to fix it, you may need a plunge. Press the plunge onto the dent and pull it out. The dent might pop back to its original place. This can save you tons of money, but do remember to buy a new plunger.
20. Use A Slim To Clean The Dust
The slime fad isn't just for kids, but also for anyone who wants a clean car. What you need to do is press the slime over any areas where dirt is trapped. The slime, which is naturally sticky, will pick up all sorts of debris without staining your car. While they are available in stores, you can also make one at home.
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