How To Clean Your Car At Home: Car Cleaning Hacks

By: Motor Easy

We know how difficult it can be to keep on top of cleaning your car - especially when you live a hectic life, it’s the last thing you’re thinking about.

But cleaning your car doesn’t have to be all hard work, OSV understand that keeping your car clean whilst living a busy lifestyle can be tricky, so they’ve come up with some top tips - using common household items - to make this as easy as possible.

Dirty exterior? Check out these hacks.

Smeared Windscreen

Often windscreen wipers can be ingrained with all sorts of debris and dirt from the road, which can start to leave streaks on your windscreen.

Top tip: Soak a cloth in hot water with a splash of detergent mixed in, then wipe your wiper blades using this. Also try investing in some rubbing alcohol and give the edges of the blade a good wipe. This should prevent your windscreen streaking for much longer. 

 

Faded Headlights

Our headlights are bound to become dirty and faded if you drive a lot - and sometimes they might look clean but they’ve actually lost their shine because of dirt.

Top tip: Head to your bathroom and grab some toothpaste. Using an old toothbrush, work the paste onto the headlights and then spray with warm water. 

 

Dirty Alloys

Alloys being close to the road surface means they’re bound to pick up more dirt than other areas of the car, so how do you keep them clean?

Top tip: Create a paste of washing powder and water, and rub it all over your alloys. Simply rinse off with water and your alloys will be shining for miles!

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Don’t neglect your interior! Use these tips to keep the inside of your car looking fresh.

 

Sticky Drinks Holder

Coffee cups and array of drinks often spill when we’re driving, which can lead up to quite a mess in the long run. However this can easily be solved as most cup holders are removable and can be placed in the dishwasher. 

Top tip: The dishwasher can also be used to clean your hubcaps too! Put them in at the same time as your cup holders and you’ve killed two birds with one stone.

 

Clear Your Car of Rubbish

We know how easy it is to throw wrappers and packets in the corner of your car, which you convince yourself you’ll clear out later - but how often do you actually clear it?

Top tip: A much better way is to keep a rubbish bag or disposable container in your car - that way all your rubbish can live in one place and can be emptied all at once.

 

Dusty Dashboard

If you’re noticing that your dashboard is collecting dust extremely quickly then the next time don’t spend lots of money on expensive cleaning products - head to your kitchen for the solution.

Top tip: Wipe over your dashboard with a little olive oil and then pick up the residue with an absorbent cloth - you’ll find the dust stays off your dashboard for longer. Opt for baby oil instead if you dislike the smell of olive oil.

 

Fighting Dog Hairs

Our furry friends are lovely but can become a pain when we’re trying to keep our vehicle clean.

Top tip: Grab a spray bottle of water and a squeegee. Spray your car seats with water then run your squeegee over the top - you’ll soon find the hair being removed.

Read our more in depth tips of keeping your car clean of pets!

 

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