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    22 Things That'll Clean And Organize Your Dirty Car Once And For All

    A spotless car is a happy car.

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    1. A headrest hook for your bag so you can de-clutter your car floor and avoid the inevitable bag-spillage if you're forced to stop short. Wave goodbye to those half-opened granola bars that tumble out and then get squashed into your seat! It can tuck in when not in use, too!


    Promising review: "Thought this might be one of the silly things I sometimes fall for. Nope. These are awesome. I keep one on the driver's side headrest and the other on the passenger side. I prefer to use the passenger one, because I can reach into my purse from the driver's seat, but if I've got extra people in the car, it's nice to have the flexibility to keep my purse on either side. Also, they fit very snugly and are tough. My purse easily weighs 20 pounds, and it's never looked strained." —Kendra

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95 (for a set of two, available in two colors).

    2. A bamboo charcoal purifying bag to neutralize odors and absorb any smelly smells that might be lingering in your automobile. It can work for up to two years and only needs to be placed in the sun once a month for a recharge.


    Promising review: "This product is a MIRACLE! Mistakenly left a package of chicken breasts from the supermarket in my brand new Audi. Subsequently went on vacation for 10 days. The chicken was left rotting in the car in the garage for 12 days! I can't begin to describe how wretched the smell was on our return. We aired out the car for days — still stunk to high hell! Used two bags of Moso (one small, one large). This activated charcoal really works. After one week, the smell was significantly dissipated. Now at the end of two weeks, it is virtually gone. Wow! Thank you, Moso for saving my car from dead chicken hell!" —JAC ESQ

    Get it from Amazon for $9.85+ (available in three colors and larger quantities).

    3. A seat gap filler that'll keep change, credit cards, rings, and French fries from plummeting into the black hole that exists between your seat and the center console. Those lost items always collect dust and grime once down there, too.

    Promising review: "Traveling a lot with kids means they sometimes drop a French fry down the seat. Dropping a multitude of things is inevitable, frustrating, and a bit gross. These are sort of a mushy, resilient gel foam with a neoprene cover. They fill the entire seat gap so that nothing can fall down the crack, absolutely nothing. The dark black color means that once they're installed you just never notice them, and they stay in place with seat movement. You can pop them out in two seconds if you have to. Honestly, I can't imagine a better design." —DrBobMichigan

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    4. A set of kick mats so you can protect the back of your front seats from footprints and scuff marks. They also come with mesh pockets for storage so you literally have no excuse to leave stuff lying around.


    Promising review: "This is perfect for my three-year-old. She puts her iPad and Barbies in there and is entertained the whole ride. My husband loves the kick mat that keeps her muddy feet from destroying the back of his truck seats." —Kerri

    Get it from Amazon for $11.59+ (available in a pack of two).

    5. A glasses holder that'll keep them in one convenient place so you don't have to go searching once the glare from the sun becomes too intense. Plus, we can all agree that diverting your eyes from the road to grab your glasses from the passenger seat is dangerous!


    Less stuff lying around = less mess = less dust and dirt.

    Promising review: "Worth every penny. Very well-built with none of those cheap crappy clips that break when you look at them funny. The slide-out function is way better than the push-button release. Very secure fit, both to the visor and to the glasses. Excellent product." —JW

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in a two pack).

    6. A handheld vacuum to rid your car of messes and spills that happen daily. Also, the amount of pet hair that your precious pooch has left behind is kinda gross. The different attachments mean you can reach nook-and-cranny places.


    This vacuum includes a filter, extension hose, brush attachment, and crevice attachment.

    Promising review: "This little vacuum packs a punch when it comes to cleaning your car. It's powerful enough to pick up pebbles, plywood splinters, leaves, and sand. Yeah, it's been a while since I cleaned my car. I used mostly the crevice wand because the suction was more defined. The brush was good for dash but seemed like it lost suction for rug cleaning. Amazing!! Totally worth it!! Keep this baby in your car for quick cleanups on the go." —It'sJustMe

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two colors).

    7. And a scratch- and waterproof seat cover, because when your doggo decides to play in the mug at the park, your backseat shouldn't have to suffer the consequences. The cover is a universal size that'll fit a majority of backseats. It comes with anchors so it will definitely stay in place, even if they are moving around.

    Promising review: "We take our dogs almost everywhere with us, and being active field dogs, they are frequently wet and muddy. This seat protector is great. It is sturdy and fits the special-order bench seat in the back. I love the flaps that come down the sides, which provide additional protection when the dogs jump in and out. It does not slide around, fitting snugly, but not too tight. Also, it installed easily." —Jenine

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in four colors).

    8. A sauce dip clip so you can stop spilling ketchup during a fries marathon. We will never blame you for diving in while they're still hot, but we do recommend a safety precaution so the ketchup winds up in your mouth and not all over your steering wheel.

    BTW, the clips are designed to fit both horizontal and vertical vents! ALSO — please be careful. Driving while dipping is not a sport and we recommend eyes on the road at all times.

    Promising review: "I love this in my car!!! It stays in place and let's me do all the dipping I want while I drive without making a mess." —krystie

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two colors).

    9. A car trunk organizer that'll create more room for shopping bags, a roadside emergency kit, and sports equipment while also trapping dirt that would otherwise stain the carpet. The sturdy polyester won't tear and the built-in handles allow you to move the organizer from car to car.


    Promising review: "I really wasn't expecting this to be as strong and well made as it is. It opens in a flash, and has two compartments with extra support for the bottom. It is really compact and takes up almost no room in my trunk, a big plus also. It stands open while I load it, and doesn't collapse on me like other organizers I have had. I use it all the time and it has held up very well." —Melanie P. Moses

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in two colors).

    10. A spot remover to use on upholstery— it'll instantly lift stains without the need for scrubbing or vacuuming. Now you can breathe a sigh of relief when you spill your morning coffee in the car.

    Promising review: "It’s a miracle in a bottle. My German Shepherd mix decided to pull a black fountain pen out of my purse and chew it to pieces on my beige carpet while I was sleeping — this cleaner lifted the stain and now it’s like the devastation my dog caused never happened! As soon as I saw it lifting the ink, I got back on Amazon and bought more bottles. I will never let myself run out of this. I’ve become that weird lady that goes arounds singing the praises of a cleaning product. No regrets." —L. Logan

    Get two from Amazon for $17.49+ (available as a pack of four and as a wood and tile cleaner).

    11. A scratch remover that'll buff out surface scrapes and caked-in paint from that unfortunate side swipe that would otherwise cost you big bucks at a repair shop. Now where was this when you were in high school and just learning to drive...?

    Promising review: "This was the first time I had ever attempted a project like this and I was able to get great results without any special tools. I just used the polishing pad included, a microfiber towel and some high grit sand paper for the tougher spots. Everything worked out well. I finished the job with Turtle Wax polish. The pictures speak for themselves. This stuff works!" —TEXAS95

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    12. A headlight restoration kit to combat foggy, yellowed, and scratched lights so you can drive at night with ease. When it's pouring rain outside, you want your headlights to actually work at full capacity.

    AND IT COSTS LESS THAN $10!! It can be used on plexiglass and plastic surfaces. You'll receive three restoration pads of various grits, a spray lubricant, a lens clarifying compound, and a lens sealing wipe.

    Promising review: "I hardly ever give a product five stars, but this one earned it. I put the compound on with a microfiber cloth, buffed it off, then applied the base coat and sealer. Honestly it took longer to tape around the lights than to actually go through the cleaning process. I'm very impressed, and will be buying this again for other cars." —Used Crayons

    Get it from Amazon for $5.12+.

    13. A pack of heavy duty wipes so you can handle any and all situations including grease, oil, dirt, ink, paint, permanent marker, crayon, wax, scuffs, lipstick, adhesives and decals, nail polish, food, drinks, and pet stains. Whew.


    They can also be used on car engines!

    Promising review: "I think these wipes are made out of magic because they can clean just about anything with very little effort! One wipe cleaned my ENTIRE BATHTUB, including the hard water buildup and some residual soap scum. The wipe stayed wet for the entire use, and there was absolutely no sweating involved. I hate cleaning, but I was so pumped about the tub I took wipe number two to my range hood vent and good golly it's like it's brand new. I've told everyone I know to buy these." —JenM

    Get them from Amazon for $11.94.

    14. A powerful wheel cleaner made with an acid-free and pH balanced formula that'll banish grease, dirt, and grime for shiny, flaunt-worthy rims.

    Promising review: "It will take one look from your friends to say. 'Did you buy some new wheels?' This stuff is absolutely amazing. For the full effect, dismount your wheel, spray the back. Go do something for 10 minutes. Wash with water, no scrubbing needed. Turn the rim face up, do it again. Do the rest of your rims, and don't forget the tire protectant when you reinstall them. This stuff will handle salt, road tar, off-road dirt and mud; you get it dirty, it comes clean. Where was this stuff when I was racing off-road?" —johnfcon

    Get it from Amazon for $17.63 (available in three sizes).

    15. A glass cleaner, because streaks blurring your windshield is not 👏🏻 the 👏🏻 way 👏🏻 to 👏🏻 drive. This residue-free formula will leave the glass sparkling like the first day you drove your car off the lot.


    Promising review: "This stuff is fantastic! Cleans well and doesn't streak. Gets windows and mirrors clean the first time, you don't have to go over them two or three times to get rid of the streaks. Bought to use on my car; it worked so well that I've been cleaning every window and mirror in my house with it. Who would have thought that I would ever be excited to clean windows." —T. Tatum

    Get three cans from Amazon for $18.92.

    16. And a microfiber towel so you never have to worry about fine scratches when you're cleaning the hood. It'll polish the body of your car without visible swirls, producing mirror-like results.


    Promising review: "Love using these towels. They never let me down. I have literally bought around six-seven packs. I use them all the time when I wax my car or when I need a quick detail. Hands down best towels I've used. Quality is amazing and they leave my car so shiny." —Erick M

    Get three towels from Amazon for $4.90+ (also available as a pack of six).

    17. A trash can to keep in your car so you always have a place to empty wrappers and cups that would otherwise wind up on the floor for the next three to five years. The waterproof lining will handle liquids like a pro.


    Promising review: "It's a trash can, so it's not going to change your life. However, this one allows you to put in a trash bag (or reuse the plastic bags from the store), has a hole in the top that is big enough for soda cans, and a strap big enough to put wherever. The velcro on the bottom was a pleasant surprise, keeping it from moving around. Better than my previous method of just tossing my trash on the floor board right behind my seat. Keeps your ride nice and clean." —Seth Connolly

    Get it from Amazon for $11.87.

    18. A leather cleaner and conditioner that'll remove discoloration and soften cracks and dry spots so your seats look brand-spanking-new once again. It'll help to strengthen the leather so it doesn't deteriorate from years of wear and tear.

    It works on any color of leather you happen to own, from beige to grey to black! First you go in to remove the dirt with the cleaner, then follow up with the no-rinse conditioner, which leaves the leather lightly shined and super soft.

    Promising review: "The stuff is amazing, absolutely worth buying. First I applied leather cleaner and allowed it to sit for a few minutes, then took a towel to remove dirt. Then I used my hands to rub the leather treatment in cracks and stitches, took a small clean cloth wiping residual off and my leather never looked this good. About a 1/2 bottle left after applying on Acura TL, Nissan Armada SUV, F-350 pickup and Harley Davidson leather seat. Placed the cloth in a sealed zip lock bag to reuse again. Best leather treatment I have found." —Spiderman

    Get it on Amazon for $10.99+ (available in a 16-ounce pack and a nine-piece kit).

    19. A microfiber detail duster so you can get rid of dust clinging to your dashboard and air vents. When you need to blast the AC, you want cool air coming out, not tons of little dust particles that have residing for far too long.


    It'll also be perfect for getting down in your cupholders and door pockets — there's nowhere dust can hide!

    Promising review: "If you are picky about having a clean car, you will like this. This is just what I wanted to keep the brand new interior of my auto dust free. I have a dark charcoal interior and, although I love it, it does show lint and crumbs very obviously. I love the long reach of the handle and I love that the fuzzy cloth picks up the dust instead of just moving it around. It keeps the interior looking like I just had it detailed." —YmR

    Get it on Amazon for $10.95.

    20. A bumper-sticker remover that'll attach to any standard drill to literally buff off decals and adhesives from your car. It's great that you bought that season beach pass, but now the season is over and you want your car free from stickers.

    It's made of a special type of rubber that is safe to use on your car's paint, but it's not great for painted aluminum. If you're unsure – test it out on a discreet area first.

    Promising review: "Bought a used car to get back and forth to work. Only problem being the back was covered in bumper stickers. Eleven to be exact. I don't like bumper stickers. At all. This removed all of them in 25-30 minutes total no problem. Still has probably half the wheel left so I stuck it in my garage toolbox in case I need to eradicate any bummer stickers in the future." —PrestidgeSouthside

    Get one on Amazon for $19.97.

    21. A silicone brush, because trying to get pressed-in sand and pet hair out of your car is seemingly impossible. This brush will dive to gather all that impossible dirt so you can finally suction it up via vacuum.


    It's small, which means it can reach into every nook and cranny to coax out any hairs that have managed to settle in those less-than-convenient spots.

    Promising review: "Great tool for hair removal. I use it in the car, it gets into crevices between seats and along edges where my Dalmatian’s hair accumulates. His hair tends to get interwoven in the upholstery and is virtually impossible to remove with vacuuming alone. This tool gets the hair off amazingly well." —Susan Sheffield

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    22. A bug remover spray, because you just can't avoid them when out and about. Plus, walking to your parked car and seeing tons of little bugs smushed all over your front bumper is super gross.

    Promising review: "This item was recommended by a stranger in the next RV lot at a campground hundreds of miles from home. This Good Samaritan brought his bottle over, sprayed down the front of my bus, and then just wiped half an inch of smashed bugs off it! Just like magic. He then smiled, shook my hand, and left. When we got within two days of home, we ordered this, and it was delivered the day after we arrived. Again, it worked just like magic." —Hikes in Rain

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in larger sizes).

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