Professional Cleaners Wish We Didn’t Know These 40 Car Cleaning Tips

Cleaning your own car is not an easy task but it is possible with these 40 effective and affordable car cleaning tips.


While it is tempting to either go to a car wash or to buy expensive car cleaning products in stores, it is not necessary to do so since you can easily clean your vehicle in your own yard with products you already have. These cleaning tips are tested and proven and will keep your vehicle clean.

1. Remove dog hair with a squeegee

Pet hair can be hard to remove from fabric seats. Lightly spray the seats with water and run the rubber squeegee on the seats to remove the hair.

2. Change your air filters


Your car might smell because you haven’t changed your air filters in a while. If you want to make sure your vehicle smells fresh and clean, take a look at your air filters before you do anything.

3. DIY slime to remove dust and dirt

A homemade mixture of liquid starch, glue and water creates a sticky slime that is perfect for capturing dirt and dust in the vehicle.

4. Keep baby wipes handy for regular cleaning

Keep a pack of baby wipes in the car and use them regularly to wipe down surfaces. This will help to prevent dust and dirt from accumulating in your car.

5. Use bleach to get glossy tires


Tire cleaning products are expensive. Use bleach mixed with hot water to make your tires shiny again.

6. Clean windows thoroughly

Roll down the windows to remove the dirt on the top of the window and roll it back up to clean everything perfectly.

7. Clean your air vents


A lot of dust can accumulate in your air vents. To prevent them from blocking, just use a toothbrush and a can of compressed air to remove all the gunk.

8. Remove burn spots with a raw onion

This little-known trick can save the resale value of a car. Put a cut onion on a burn on leather or vinyl. Wait a bit, then rinse with warm water. You’ll see a significant difference.

9. Add fabric softener sheets in the car for a nice smell

Change them every week to keep a nice smell in the car. These are also practical if you have static in your hair and need a quick fix!

10. Remove grease and oil stains with cornstarch


Grease and oil stains can be removed from leather and fabric seats with cornstarch. Leave the product on the stain for ten minutes.

11. Use kerosene for a less expensive gloss finish


Another alternative to costly and expensive wax finishes is to use kerosene. Use a solution of kerosene and water and wipe the car dry for a shiny vehicle.

12. Remove old stickers


Get rid of your old college sticker on your car with razor blades. The sharp edges will easily lift the sticker from your car.

13. Use olive oil to keep the leather interior looking brand new

After washing the leather seats with hot soapy water, rub a small amount of olive oil on the seats to prevent them from drying out and cracking.

14. Use essential oils

Don’t spend money on an air freshener. Instead, pour a few drops of essential oil on an absorbent cloth that you leave close to the aeration during your cleaning.

15. Use Petroleum jelly for a shiny interior


Vaseline can be applied inside your car and on the dashboard to create a shiny finish. It’s much cheaper than “Armor All” and just as effective.

16. Use clear nail polish for hairline cracks


Tiny cracks in your windshield and windows can be very annoying. Stop them from getting any bigger with clear nail polish. Just remember to go to the garage once you notice there cracks.

17. Remove dust

With a small brush or even an old toothbrush, remove dust from harder-to-reach areas such as the ventilation system and in-between seats.

18. Clean your rubber mats

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Use a stiff bristle brush and soapy water to clean your rubber mats. Soak them and let them sit in the sun for at least fifteen minutes before rinsing them to remove difficult stains.

19. Remove wax stains with thermal paper

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Have your kids been using your car as a canvas? Remove waxy crayon stains by ironing thermal paper over the affected area.

20. Protect vinyl surfaces with lemon juice and olive oil

Vinyl coatings and hard surfaces are at risk of cracks if they are not protected. Use a solution of lemon juice and olive oil to keep them shiny and crack-free.

21. Use toothpaste to clean headlights

Rub toothpaste on your headlights, wait a few minutes, then rinse with water to make them sparkle.

22. Wash the car with baby shampoo


Spots caused by mud, grease or bird droppings can be quickly eliminated by pouring baby shampoo on a clean, moist cloth and rubbing the stains in a circular motion.

23. Windshield wiper cleaner

Mix ammonia and cold water for a very efficient cleaning solution. Apply it on the wipers with a clean towel. You will need: 1 cup of water + 1/4 cup of ammonia.

24. Use a clean diaper to absorb liquids


If a water bottle or juice box spills over into your car, take a diaper to absorb the stain.

25. Stop leaks with chewing gum

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If there is a leak somewhere, a piece of gum can be temporarily used to stop the leak until it can be repaired by a professional.

26. Keep everything organized with sticky mats

Never lose your pens, coins or whatever small devices you have in your car by adding some sticky mats on your dashboard.

27. Remove sticky spots with a magic eraser

Dip a magic eraser into Lysol to clean stubborn sticky stains from surfaces inside or outside the vehicle.

28. Use fabric softener sheets to remove insects

Dead and dried up insects can be difficult to remove from your car with soap and water. Wet a dryer sheet and rub the affected area to remove them in no time.

29. Clean your windows with white vinegar

Use white vinegar in a spray bottle for scratch-free windows. Wipe with a newspaper rather than a towel to avoid fluff.

30. Remove rust with Coca Cola

Your favourite soda can also help you remove rust stains on your car. Add some soda on a cloth and rub the area but don’t use it on your car paint.

31. Use Q-Tips to clean hard-to-reach areas

When the space is too narrow for a toothbrush or towel, a Q-tip may be useful.

32. Use a screwdriver to clean small spaces

For difficult-to-reach spaces such as small holes, a screwdriver with a soft cloth can be used to remove dust and stubborn dirt.

33. Use white vinegar to improve your cleaner

Adding a few tablespoons of vinegar to any cleaning solution will greatly increase its efficiency. It can be used on windows and vinyl linings.

34. DIY phone dock

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Use the old ashtray in your car as a phone dock.

35. Remove dried spots with mayonnaise

Big stains can be easily removed with mayonnaise. Leave the mayonnaise on for five to ten minutes and then wipe with a clean cloth.

36. Remove resistant stains with club soda

Resistant stains (wine, blood, etc.) can be easily removed with club soda. Wait a few minutes and then wipe the area with a towel.

37. Use coal to absorb bad smells

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Charcoal absorbs odours. To rid the vehicle of stubborn odours, place a few pieces of coal under the seats for a cleaner smell.

38. De-ice doors with hand sanitizer

Are winters in your town very cold? Easily de-ice locks and doors with plain old hand sanitizer by applying some on your doors and windows.

39. Make a cheap car wash solution with everyday ingredients

Mix a spoonful of baking soda and a spoonful of liquid detergent in water for an efficient and inexpensive car wash liquid.

40. Cup holder shoe


You don’t have any cup holders but you do have a very hot liquid you need to put down? Use an old shoe as a cup holder. Brilliant!


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