Car Cleaning Hacks to Make Your Cleaning Last

Car Cleaning Hacks to Make Your Cleaning Last

Does your car look and smell horrible? Perhaps you have not cleaned your car during the entire winter and it needs some summer cleaning. Here are some car cleaning hacks that will help you save some money, make the cleaning task easy and also ensure your cleaning efforts last for a long time.

Removing Oil and Grease Stains

Apply cornstarch to fabric or leather to remove oil or grease stains. Let the cornstarch stay on the stain for 10-15 minutes which is enough to soak the grease or oil up.

Defogging the Headlights

You will need a whitening paste to defog the headlights. Apply some whitening toothpaste on the headlights, cover it with a clean cloth and rub it in a circular motion. Rinse the toothpaste off with clean water. Now your headlights should look sparkling clean. To prevent your headlights from fogging again anytime soon, apply some car polish or furniture polish on the headlights for UV protection.

Remove Old Stickers from the Windshield

Having old stickers on the windshield can be annoying at times and can also spoil the way the car looks. Take a newspaper and wet it in warm water. Hold the wet newspaper on the old sticker for a few minutes so that the warm water seeps in and loosens the glue. Remove the old newspaper and you will see how easily the old sticker comes off from the windshield.

Use Hair Conditioner to Bring Shine to the Car’s Body

Most hair conditioners contain Lanolin, a form of wax that can make your car shine like new. You can use hair conditioner after you have cleaned off the dirt and grime from the car’s exterior.

Cleaning Hard to Reach Places

To clean the dirt in small crevices and tight corners inside the car, use a cotton swab or toothbrush. To clean the A/C vents, use a sponge paint brush to easily access them.

Clean the Ceiling

While many people will clean the interior of the car, the ceiling is often overlooked. Your car is not clean in the true sense until you clean the ceiling too. Use a microfiber cloth to remove minor soiling. If you see some marks on the headliner, you can use any upholstery cleaner to remove the stains. Before running the wet cloth all over the ceiling, try cleaning a small patch to ensure the color does not fade.

Use a Screwdriver to Clean Hard to Reach Places

Some places, like the front grille, are difficult to clean. To clean such places, cover a screwdriver with a soft cloth to reach these difficult areas.

Clean Dried Bugs from Bumpers

Dried bugs on bumpers are very hard to remove. All you have to do is wet some dryer sheets to easily wipe off the dried bugs.

Cleaning Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers get slimy in the winter season. Although replacing them is one option, they can be expensive. Wipe down the windshield wipers with a generous amount of alcohol and let them dry to see if that helps before replacing them.