8 Little Known Tips to Keep Your Car Clean

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This blog was contributed by Jennifer Gervens. Jennifer is the author and owner of SweetTMakesThree.com

Do you sometimes feel like you spend all of your time in your car? If so, you’re not too far off. Statistics show that the average American spends a whopping 37,935 hours in a car during their life. Yikes! That’s definitely a lot, and one of the reasons the inside as well as the outside of your car should be kept clean. Minimize stress during your commute or road trip with these tips for keeping the interior of your car clean while you’re on-the-go.

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1. Keeping surfaces clean: Keep pre-moistened auto wipes in the glove box for a quick rub down of the dashboard, glove compartment, steering wheel, and all of the little stuff in between. This will get rid of the grime left from your fingers and the dust that accumulates.

2. Keep up with your vehicle maintenance: Make sure that you are keeping track of vehicle maintenance so that you don’t have mechanical issues that cause dust built-up or unpleasant odors inside the car. Ensuring that your air filter is replaced regularly is an important part of the equation. WIX cabin air filters feature built-in antimicrobial technology that helps to keep the filter cleaner during use.

3. Shake out mats regularly: The floor of your car is inevitably going to get dirty really quickly just from peoples’ shoes. If you shake your mats out regularly, you can go longer in between vacuuming.

4. Clean out cup holders: Cup holders can get gross pretty quickly from the bottoms of cups sitting in them, or even because they are a great little place to store trash (guilty!) Throw away your drive-through drink as soon as you get out of the car so that the condensation doesn’t build up and drip down to create sludge. Keep some cotton swaps in the glove compartment along with those wipes I mentioned earlier to quickly remove crumbs or liquids before they dry up.

If you have any extra sticky spills in your cup holders or on other surfaces, cleaning tools by Quickie come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be useful for extra scrubbing.  Many of the products also feature built-in antimicrobial and odor control protection, so they stay cleaner and fresher for longer.

5. Clean seats: If you have kids or pets, chances are the seats in your car have stains on them along with a healthy dose of hair, dirt, and crumbs down in the cushion seams. Use an old toothbrush to get everything out of the cracks, and a magic eraser for stains or sticky things on vinyl or leather. Keep napkins or a few paper towels in the car to quickly take care of messes as they happen. The longer you wait the more work you’ll have to do.

6. Keep a trash can in the car: This can be as simple as hanging a plastic grocery bag from the back of the passenger seat. You’ll prevent so much havoc by just having a convenient place for everyone to toss the tissues, wrappers, cans, and coffee cups.

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7. Follow the in-and-out rule: It’s pretty simple – when something goes in, that something comes back out. It’s easy to just leave stuff in the car (toys, a jacket that you took off because it got too hot, that thing a friend let you borrow that you keep forgetting to actually bring in the house.) But if you take the time to bring it all back inside, your car won’t build up enough junk to become a pack rat’s dream. Get your passengers in this habit too!

8. Maintain monthly: These tips will help you keep your car so much cleaner while you’re out and about! However, even after implementing these daily habits, you’ll still need to do cleaning from time-to-time. Vacuuming and cleaning the insides of your windows with a basic glass cleaner are good ideas, especially after rain and snow.

For the sake of safety, less stress, and convenience, it’s important that your car becomes a clean and comfortable place for you to spend time in. After all, we spend a lot of our lives on the road!

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