How to Clean Your Car's Interior

November 7, 2011

Man Cleaning Car InteriorMr. Clean Eraser cleans dashboards and doors with ease!

By nancy nunez from Longview, TX


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November 6, 2011

Most vehicles have a pocket on the back of the front seats and I keep a package of disposable wipes meant for car upholstery there. Whenever I am in my car and waiting for some reason, I grab one and take a wipe at my dash and door.

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March 24, 2005

Tips for cleaning your car's interior. Post your ideas.


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November 27, 20040 found this helpful

Thank you, Melanie!


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March 24, 20050 found this helpful

To detail the inside of your car yourself after thoroughly cleaning the inside use cotton swabs dipped in rubbing alcohol to give it that finished look around buttons, knobs, and those hard to get little cracks.


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March 24, 20050 found this helpful

Use a Q-tip to clean out the grooves and hard to reach places in your car.

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March 24, 20051 found this helpful

Remove anything that shouldn't be in the car or is removeable such as mats and driving accessories. Then, before you visit the store and buy some expensive purpose made cleaner brush off all the loose dirt and try soapy water with a few large damp rough cloths for all interior cleaning, including upholstry. If done regularly this is often enough to remove all dirt and grime. When the surfaces are clean you can spot treat any marks/stains.




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By Rene' (Guest Post)
March 24, 20050 found this helpful

Another great tip is to use a small paint brush!! Use in soapy water, shake out some & dive in where ever needs cleaning!! Also great for crown molding, ceiling fans, shower door tracks, sliding window tracks, the list is unlimited!!

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July 23, 20051 found this helpful

you can you a high pressure air hose to blow out in between the seats,door cubbies,center councile, and hard to reach places to vac. I also use mr clean dry erasers to get off any marks on the doors,dash,steering wheel,blinker lever,head light switch, or any marks anywhere in the car...


409 orange degreaser also works good for sticky stuff you cant get off or out of cup holders.

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By Ty (Guest Post)
November 13, 20070 found this helpful

To get rid of the kerosene smell check out:

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By Completely Annoyed by Stains (Guest Post)
November 26, 20070 found this helpful

I need help getting stains out of my back seat. It had carseats on it for awhile, and the kids didn't tell me that they spilt juice. Would some kind of carpet cleaner work? I'm not sure....HELP ME!!

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April 21, 2012

How do I clean and/or remove the sticky interior of a VW Jetta 2003. It is disgusting in its appearance and feel. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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By Martha

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July 28, 2011

What can I use to clean the dashboard and interior door handles that doesn't dry out everything?

By Sharon Y.


July 29, 20110 found this helpful

Black Magic Pro Shine Protectant. Spray or wipes. But if you use the spray, use a cloth rag, not paper towels...they'll leave fuzzies everywhere.

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July 29, 20111 found this helpful

My son-in-law has worked at a dealership for years and he always uses pledge or generic pledge on all his cars and it does a great job.

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July 30, 20111 found this helpful

Clean it first with Murphy's Oil soap, or store brand equivalent, in water, with a soft cloth. Allow it to dry, then go over with the furniture polish, spray the polish on the rag, instead of the surface.

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July 30, 20111 found this helpful

Armor All. Cleans and keeps interior nice at the same time.

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June 13, 2005

Tips for cleaning the interior of your car. Post your ideas.


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June 13, 20050 found this helpful

I use unscented baby wipes to clean the inside of my car, they pick up a lot of grime and last longer than paper towels.

By Louise H.

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By Claudia (Guest Post)
June 14, 20050 found this helpful

I also use baby wipe- I keep them in the glove box and do a little dashboard cleanup while stopped at a stoplight. I find that I don't get so impatient waiting for the light to change and I don't have to put aside extra time for this chore.


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November 19, 2016

Sweet and sour sauce sauce spilt on the back seat in my car and I cannot get rid of the stain and odor. How do I get rid of the stain and the odor in my car?

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November 2, 2006

How do I remove gum from a truck seat that is cloth?

Marie from Waynesboro, VA


By Michigandy (Guest Post)
November 2, 20060 found this helpful

I first tried freezing it with a bag of ice, but it actually came off better when the sun warmed it up. Rubbing my hand back and forth over the gum when it was warm caused it to ball up and roll off.


Good luck!

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By Cindy Bishop (Guest Post)
November 3, 20060 found this helpful

Try rubbing alcohol. I use it on fabrics and it works great.

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August 26, 2010

My dog is very nervous when left alone. She has licked the roof lining in the car above the windshield. The liner is now stained brown and resists cleaning. The stain is resistant to soap and common spray cleaners. Suggestions would be welcome.

By Ross from Deep River, ON

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October 24, 2014

This is a page about removing stains on a car headliner. Kids, pets, and routine use of your car and result in accidental stains on the upholstery and headliner.

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