It sure is nice to start off spring with a refreshing vehicle cleaning. And not just going to the $5 car wash… we’re talking about getting down in the nitty gritty. Here are 5 hacks that will help you revamp your car:
- Baking soda before you vacuum – Sprinkle baking soda on your fabrics in the car, including floor mats. Let it set for a bit then vacuum it up. This helps get odors out! Of course, clean out all the trash first & don’t forget to slide your seats forward to get items that may have rolled under.
- DIY Slime to remove dirt from crevices and crannies – Can’t seem to get every bit of dirt out of tiny nooks and crannies in the details? Make a slime blob and roll it around over spots that are impossible to wipe clean. Ingredients: Liquid starch (Sta-Flo, 1/2 cup), Elmer’s glue (4 oz. bottle, clear or white), Water (1/4 cup) – add glue and warm water in bowl, stir, slowly add liquid starch a little at a time while constantly stirring, knead with hands as the consistency thickens
- Roll the windows down to clean the tops – We often clean the windows inside and out without realizing that a lot of the ick gets trapped right up top where the window seals into the door frame. Roll each window down halfway and wipe both sides down in one swipe. Cleaning the grime off the top also prevents dirty streaks on a raining day!
- Clean headlights with toothpaste – Plastic headlight lenses tend to dull from UV rays and road grit. They also get foggy due to oxidation, similar to plaque building up on your teeth. To brighten the headlights up, squeeze toothpaste with baking soda onto a clean rag and rub onto headlights then rinse off with water.
- Remove old, faded, unwanted stickers – May have seemed like a good idea at one point but often we regret adding bumper stickers to our vehicles down the road. Use a hair dryer to loosen up that unwanted sticker. Hold it a few inches away from the sticker and move the hot air around the sticker, heating the center first and the edges last. Use a plastic card (or razor blade on glass) to get under a corner/edge and slowly peel it up. Wipe up any sticky residue with a cleaning solution and rag.
Hope your car feels fresh and bright after these helpful hacks. Happy spring cleaning!