Summer is here, and that means family vacation season is well underway!
Just come back from a long road trip and have dead bugs splattered all over your front bumper? Family dog do an entire season’s worth of shedding in the back seat? Don’t pay for an expensive deep-clean when you can do it yourself, using everyday products like baking soda, toothpaste, and olive oil.
Below are the 12 best DIY hacks we’ve found to get the sand, grit, and grime out and have your car shining and smelling like new!
1. To clean chrome wheels
Mix equal parts water and vinegar, put the mixture in a spray bottle and wipe it all over the chrome.
2. For shiny headlights
Squeeze some toothpaste onto a rag and rub it across the headlights. Bam, all shiny.
3. To get rid of pet hair (and human hair, for that matter)
Fill up a spray bottle with water and wet your seats, then drag a SqeeGee across.
4. For streak-free windshields
Put some rubbing alcohol on a rag and use it to wipe down the blades.
5. To remove embedded grime
A Magic Eraser can not only remove marks on walls and floors, but also all that accumulated gunk on your car seats.
6. To get crumbs and debris from small spaces
Cover a screwdriver (or pen) with a bit of cloth and go to town. An old toothbrush will do the trick, too.
7. To clean vents
Use a foam brush, the kind used for painting small areas, or even a cotton ball or Q-Tip. An old toothbrush would come in handy here, too (but be sure to clean it after #6 or you’ll just transfer all that gunk you just cleaned into your vents).
8. To remove bug splatter
Wet a couple dryer sheets and scrub away.
9. To make air freshener
Mix 1 T baking soda with 5-6 drops of an essential oil, then pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Fill the bottle with distilled water, shake and spray away.
10. To clean car seats
In a bowl, combine 2 T dish soap, 2 T baking soda and 2 c hot water, then whisk it up. Use a cleaning brush to scrub the mixture into the seats and towel dry.
11. To shine up your leather and dashboard
Dab a microfiber cloth into a small bowl of olive oil and polish in circular motions.
12. To clean floor mats
Vacuum and use stain remover to clean what stains you can, then just throw them in the washing machine.