Crystal Lake and Barrington Auto Repair

Daily Tips for Keeping Your Car Clean

You spend a lot of time in your car clean, Here are ten tips you can use each day to keep it clean and limit the need for deep cleaning each month.

1. Trash Bag

Always keep a trashcan in the car so you don’t have to gather up trash later. Whether it’s a plastic bag or a travel trash container, there will be a designated place for it to go so it’s not spread throughout the car. Just don’t forget to take it out when it’s full!

2. Line Cup Holders

Drips and spills from cups can make your cup holders sticky. You can buy a liner for your cup holders or use silicone cupcake liners to prevent the liquid from reaching your car. Then you can just take them out to clean!

3. Air Freshener

An underrated way to keep your car feeling fresh and clean is to use an air freshener. You don’t have to dangle one from your rearview mirror; a lot of companies make air fresheners that can attach to your vents so the air coming out smells good!

4. Wet Wipes

When a spill happens, you might need something better than fast food napkins to clean up the mess. Keeping a package of wet wipes or Clorox wipes in your car is an easy way to clean on the go.

5. Knock Mud & Dirt From Your Shoes

If the mess doesn’t come inside your car, you won’t have to clean it! Try to get any mud, dirt, or snow off of your shoes before climbing in.

6. Every Time You Leave, Take Something Out

Instead of letting stuff pile up in the back seat, just grab something every time you get home. That way you won’t end up with a mountain of stuff to carry in when you finally decide to clean. Remember to try to take in what you brought with you that day and don’t forget to look under your seats!

7. Use Organizers

Of course, organizers will keep you organized! There are organizers made for the back of the front seats that can be used to store travel games and activities, plus they keep your kids from kicking the back of the seat. You can also make your own using a shoe organizer. For the front seat, you can find dividers with compartments for your center console.

8. Organize Loose Change

It seems like you can always find change on the floor or between the seats of cars. If your car doesn’t have a change organizer, keep it all contained in a sealable container to keep it from rolling around everywhere. Then it will also be a lot easier to find your quarters when it’s time for a car wash!

9. Clean Up Messes Right When They Happen

The longer you wait to clean up a spill, the harder it will be to clean up later. By taking a minute to clean up a mess right when it happens, you could save yourself from a permanent stain.

10. Contain Food

The easiest way to keep your car clean would be to not eat in it at all. If you have to eat in your car, try to bring it in a container that can catch crumbs. This will save you a lot of time trying to clean later. And if the container is sealable, then it prevents your trash from ending up on the floor.

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