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9 cleaning hacks to keep your car spotless

If you are car proud then it’s likely you are car clean. But keeping a spotless car is no easy task. The good news is, there are loads of sneaky little hacks out there that can help you reach the levels of pristine perfection that up until now you’ve only ever dreamt of. And, as an added bonus, this can be achieved without paying for lots of overpriced specialist car products.

Read on, then get cleaning:

1) Don’t forget your toothbrush

If you want to get dust, dirt and grime out of the fiddly little crevices in your car, from your dashboard to the creases in your car seats, then you need a small brush. But you don’t need to buy a specialist brush when you can simply use an old toothbrush (clean it first obvs!).

2) Don’t forget your toothpaste

On a similar oral theme, toothpaste is an excellent cleaner not just for your teeth but for your car too – especially your car’s headlights. Simply put some toothpaste on a rag and wipe the lights then wash off with water – voila, you have beautifully clean headlights!

3) Blow away the cobwebs

Dust doesn’t stand a chance when you’re wielding a can of compressed air. It’s especially good for busting dust out of the air vents.

4) Sock it to the grime

This may sound strange but you can use a sock to get the grease and grime out of your cupholder. Put said sock over a cup, squirt some cleaning fluid on it and then twist it back and forth in the holder. It’s always satisfying to look at the sock afterwards to see how much gunge has been removed.

5) Brush and vac in tandem

In one hand use a brush, say an unused paint brush, to get dust off the dashboard while in the other hand vacuum up the dust that comes off so there’s no chance of the little blighters settling elsewhere in your beloved vehicle.

6) Hair of the dog

You love your dog. You love your car. You DO NOT love dog hair all over your car seats. But relax, there’s a simple solution. Lightly spray water on your car seats then pull a squeegee across the seat and see the hair magically come away.

7) Rough and tumble

Car mats are going to get mucky – that’s what they’re designed for. And because you can remove them from the car, it means you can also pop them in the washing machine at home so you don’t have to do any scrubbing.

8) Hot air

If you have a bumper sticker that you no longer find funny, then it’s time to get your hair dryer out to warm up the sticker and peel it away with pure ease.

9) Sweet treats

This last hack is a preemptive measure. Once your car is all sparkly and new, it’s a good idea to put cupcake holders in the cupholders to protect any more grime building up in these hard-to-clean depressions in your beloved four-wheeled friend.


*The information contained above is for general information purposes only. We cannot be held responsible for any damage to your car in the event that you follow any of the information or tips listed above.