Cars can be a pain to keep clean. From small items falling in between the seats to full-blown meal spills in the back, the mess tends to pile up. You could take the car to get detailed, but you’ll still have to clean it out anyway. So, would it not make more sense to save your money and do it yourself?
Everything a car wash can do, you can do at home for cheaper! All of the items needed are most likely already around the house, so there is no need to go to the store either. With that in mind, here are 10 easy DIY tips to clean your car and save you money.
Chemical Free Car Wash
Why use chemicals to clean your car when it is so easy to use natural soap. By cleaning your car at home and using castile soap, which is biodegradable, you avoid the chemicals and get a clean, organic car wash.
DIY Odor Remover
The obvious first thing to do when facing a bad smell in the car is find the source and eliminate it. After the perpetrator has been taken care of, the next goal is ridding the car of the stench left behind. This is extremely easy to do with the right tools. Simply mix baking soda and essential oils inside of a mason jar. Now all you have to do poke a few holes in the lid and place the jar in your vehicle. Before you know it, the smell will be gone forever!
Cleaning the Upholstery
If your upholstery has a stain or always seems to be sticky, then this DIY is perfect for you. By mixing baking soda and white vinegar, a paste is created that you can spread on the affected spots. After rubbing the paste in with any type of brush, let the mixture dry and vacuum up what remains. What you should have left is fresh, clean upholstery.
Dusting Air Vents
Dust always seems to build up in the hardest to reach places. One of the most difficult places it never stops going is the inside of a car’s air conditioning vents. However, a smart, and proven solution is to use a foam paint brush to reach in between the vents and clean out all of the dust built up.
DIY Dashboard Polish
Believe it or not, olive oil is great for cleaning the dashboard. Just use a clean rag and watch the olive oil leave your dash looking brand new.
Break the vinegar back out, and don’t forget to grab the morning paper too. Because for this DIY all you need to do is spray your car windows with vinegar and wipe them down with newspaper.
Cleaning the Wheels
This DIY will have your dirty tires looking brand new. Simply mix baking soda with water and cover your tires with the paste created. After letting it sit for a few minutes, rinse the paste off to complete the process.
Pet Hair Cleaner
Most pets shed. It is a terrible reality. So, bringing your pet into the car can be a gamble with your seats. But, with the help of a spray bottle and a squeegee this problem will be gone forever. Just spray water on the seats until they are decently damp, then drag the squeegee along the seat to pick up all of the left over fur.
Why would you ever spend money on a car wash when you can do a better job for less? Share these DIY tips and say goodbye to the car wash!