Keeping the Inside of Your Car Clean

If you have kids, clutter, crumbs and spills can get out of hand in your car quickly. Keeping your car clean will help prevent odors from forming and protect the value of your vehicle. This is a guide about keeping the inside of your car clean.


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September 27, 2010 Flag

As I walk into the grocery store, I always grab the free sanitizing wipes for the shopping cart handle. On the way out of the store, I grab another to wipe down my car door handles, the steering wheel, gear shift, and my children's cars seats. It can't hurt!

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September 9, 2008 Flag

Store a small bag of car cleaning supplies in your trunk, such as empty bags for litter, car interior wipes, and even a roll of paper towel and window cleaner. I find tidying the car a good use of time when I am waiting on a passenger during an appointment. Those of us who share the family car with our teen drivers know how easily clutter accumulates!


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May 14, 2004 Flag

I keep a container of baby wipes in the car for quick cleanups -- the dust that accumulates on the dash board, spilled juice, muddy puppy paws. Saves on time and stress (from constantly looking at a dirty car interior).


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August 12, 2011 Flag

Keeping the inside of your car clean can be a chore, especially if you have kids. Dirt, crumbs, and toys can build up pretty quickly. Here are some tips to help keep your car clean:

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February 16, 2005 Flag

Keeping your car in tip top condition adds to its value in the long run. Here are some simple tips for keeping your car in tip top shape.

Litter Bags

Have litter bags available in front and back, empty whenever you get gas.

If you are hauling anything dirty in your car like potting soil or bark, make sure you put down a tarp or newspapers. This will keep the soil from getting into your carpets. Even potting soil in bags tends to leak.

Vacuum and Wash Frequently

A shop vac works well for the vacuuming. They are powerful and you can easily check the dirt if something gets vacuumed up that you want. Vacuum the carpets and seats thoroughly. Be sure to clean spills as soon as possible. Soda spills can work their way down and rust the floor below carpeting. Milk spills can make your car smell. Use floor mats in the car. They will protect the carpeting and be much easier to hose off.

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Frequent car washing keeps your finish nice. Dirt works it's way into the finish. Wash with a very mild detergent and make sure you rinse well.

Wax and Detail at Least Once a Year

You can get books on detailing. Basically detailing is cleaning all the little spots that accumulate dust and gunk. Clean everything, shampoo rugs and upholstery, treat all vinyl. Look for any little rust spots you see forming and treat with a rust preventative like Naval Jelly or a rust converter. If you have touch up paint, make sure to touch up little nicks in the finish to prevent them from rusting. Oil the door hinges if they are squeaky. Clean the windows inside and out. Make the car look as new as possible.

Wash Salt Off the Undercarriage

Road salts accumulate under the car, make sure to rinse the underside of the car frequently, especially if you live in areas where they salt the roads.

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October 6, 2004 Flag

Keep a can of disinfectant in your car to spray the shopping cart. You can even buy a sample size one for your purse. Helps to keep the little ones safe from germy germs while shopping!

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