Have you ever wondered how a body shop can turn a used car into a seemingly new one? What are the tricks of the trade to make a car more appealing and smelling fresh and new? Well, it just so happens that there are a number of very simple car cleaning tricks that you can use to make your vehicle spick and span again. By using some everyday items and a little common sense, you can clean your car better than your local body shop ever could.
Inexpensive ways to clean up your car
- Shine your lights with toothpaste! Toothpaste acts as a gentle abrasive and can help to remove dirt from your headlights, improving their brightness. Just by layering a non-gel toothpaste to the headlight and then wiping it off with a microfiber cloth, you can spruce up your lights in no time.
- Armor All wipes. They are good for shining wheels, hubcaps, and vinyl car interiors. They will leave your car sparkling.
- Dusting. The only way to get dust out and away from vents and hard to reach places is with a can of compressed air for dusting that has a straw connected to the valve. These are worth investing in to keep everything in your car dust free.
- Sponge brush with leveled tip. After you use the compressed air to dust, wet a sponge brush and go over the vents to remove any dirt on the outside.
- Toothbrush for removing dried on food, stains, etc. A toothbrush can be great at getting crumbs and other tiny particles out from seat crevices. A toothbrush is also amazing at lifting dirt and stains from the vinyl inside your car. You just have to use some elbow grease and scrub.
- De-sticking and removing decals and stickers. Wet the sticker with a warm wet cloth, rub the cloth until the sticker is soaked, and remove or dab some WD40 onto the corners of the sticker and peel it off with a store card.
- Windows. Invest in a microfiber windshield cleaner on a stick with an elevated top to keep your windows clean on the inside. These will reach into the corners as well.
- Removing Tree sap. Soak a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and place it against the sticky spot. This should loosen the sap. Then rub the swab over the spot in a delicate circular motion. Then use a mixture of baking soda and water to gently rub the sap away. Finally, wash the spot as you normally would, with soap and water.
- Cleaning windshields. To save money use old newspapers. Just spray with cleaner, ball the paper up and wipe away to a clean shine.
- Silicone baking cups. Whenever you purchase a car or after you have cleaned it up, take 2 silicone baking cups and place in the bottom of your cup holders. This will prevent spills from attaching and staining the inside of the holders and they are also useful for keeping coins, and small objects in one place. They can be removed and easily cleaned.
- Removing pet hair from the cloth seats. Using a squeegee, you can gather all of this excess fur before collecting the clumps with your vacuum.
- Olive oil. The wonder oil is a great way to keep your dashboard clean and shiny. Just apply to a cleaning cloth and gently wipe.
- Floor mats. Add stain remover to the mats and wash in the washing machine.
- Smells. Removing lingering smells can be easily removed by sprinkling baking soda onto the area. Leave about 20 min. and then vacuum up.
- Tar. Tar can be easily picked up on the roads and attached to the car. To remove tar, mayonnaise will make it easier to remove with a cloth. Just leave it on it for 10 minutes.
- Melted crayons, wax, candles. Place a sheet of paper over the wax stain and iron over it. The heat from the iron will transfer the wax onto the paper, allowing you to lift it up.
- Shiny finish. That sleek, waxed look can be attained by using a half cup of any hair conditioner and two cups of water.
- Shampooing cloth seats. You can use everything from all-purpose cleaner to regular dish soap and hot water. Be sure to use white, un-dyed washcloths when wiping/scrubbing your seats.
- Smeared windshields. Wipe down your windshield wipers with rubbing alcohol to prevent smearing.
- Non-toxic air fresheners. Take a normal canning jar with a screw-top lid. Add baking soda, and several drops of the essential oil scent of your choice, to the jar. Use any piece of breathable fabric to cover the top and screw the lid over the fabric so it stays in place.
So, there you have it. Using everyday household items you can avoid the expensive costs of having your car detailed and keeping it always clean, shiny, and smelling great.
Ref. Your Daily Dish, MSN.com
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