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23 Genius Solutions To Issues Every Car Owner Faces

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You practically live in your car, but sometimes you feel like you might die in it.

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It looks gross, there's food everywhere, and you can't get your dog to lie down. Here are 17 solutions to your car troubles no matter who you are.

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2. If that is not nearly large enough for the amount of trash you and the rest of the crew acquire on a trip, you can repurpose next to anything with a lid.

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Try something that used to hold cleaning supplies like wipes or dishwasher soap to mask the smell. Get the tutorial for this one at Calico and Cupcakes.

3. Use baby wipes to quickly clean your windshield and car windows. The alcohol base helps prevent streaking.

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This OXO Travel Wipes Dispenser ($15.62) is great to keep in your glove compartment. You can use them to clean up messes in the backseat, too, like sticky finger residue from the kiddos or paw prints from the pup.

4. If you have a kid in the back, it can feel almost impossible to keep your car clean. Prepare no-mess snacks like these frozen banana sandwiches so you can keep your focus on the road ahead.

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They're really easy, but check out the full recipe at PopSugar. Get 21 more awesome ideas for kid-friendly snacks for the road here.

5. You can also make them this travel lap tray, which is great for coloring, playing games, and napping — in addition to keeping their food from destroying your interior.

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7. If their snacks (or your snacks) end up on the floor, clean them up on the fly with this portable vacuum cleaner ($21.99) that plugs right into your cigarette lighter.

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It's small enough that you can stash it away in your glove compartment or under the passenger seat. Order one from Amazon here.

8. Easily clean up grime in your car's interior using this car cleaner, which is made out of household items.

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The solution calls for vinegar, dish soap, lemon juice, and club soda. Get the complete instructions from BuzzFeed Nifty here.

9. If you are #blessed to have leather seats, you can clean most stains with a mixture of warm water and dish soap.

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Careful not to oversaturate your seats because they'll smell. You just want to use a damp towel to wipe them off. You can also use toothpaste or nail polish remover to remove stains. Check out DIY Network for a more elaborate explanation.

10. Anyone who has ever owned a car knows that getting cupholders completely crumb-free is next to impossible. Drop in silicone cupcake liners to keep them clean.

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When the cupcake liners get dirty, just toss them in the dishwasher. Check out more great tips for keeping your car clean from One Good Thing By Jillee.

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12. For road trips, keep everyone happy and all phones charged with this 4 Port USB Quick Charger ($17.99).

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Buy this one at Amazon for $17.99. You could also consider buying an extra-long USB cable so that your friends in the back can use their phone while it's plugged in. It's probably best to buy one directly from Apple — like this one, which is 10 feet long — so you don't get stuck with one that shorts out your battery.

13. Use non-acetone nail polish remover as a quick fix for some types of scratches.

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This won't totally get the job done, but will clean up the cosmetics enough that the scratches won't be too noticeable. Check out the full tutorial from BuzzFeed Nifty here.

14. To take advantage of a spacious trunk without crushing anything or losing track of anything in the mix, build this pop-up trunk shelf.

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16. To keep from tossing random extras into your passenger seat, fill an old travel kit or pencil case with things you can't go without, and stow it in your glove compartment.

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You can use whatever bag you like, but get the tutorial to make this adorable, super simple travel kit bag here.

Here are a few ideas of items you could stash: Band-Aids, contacts, baby wipes (OF COURSE), tissues, tampons, a bit of mad money for when you're in a bind, a stack of quarters (for parking), gum, deodorant, hand sanitizer, Advil, nail file, Tide stick, compact umbrella.

18. Make these adorable car air-fresheners and keep it smelling fresh instead of like a fake pine tree.

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The best part is that these are totally customizable: You can choose your scent and the design. Check out the full tutorial at Shades of Blue Interiors.

19. Turn your steering wheel 180 degrees before getting out of your car on a hot day. That way, you can keep your hands at 10 and 2 without burning your hands off.

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The steering wheel feels like it's 180 degrees because it probably is.

20. Fill the gaps beside your seats with these neat Car Seat Catchers ($9). You will literally never lose your phone again and you have a spot to quickly stow your stuff.

22. For long drives, download SitOrSquat. It tells you where to find public restrooms along your route.

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Never consider the water bottle trick again. Ever. Get this one in the App Store. It's fo' freeeee.

23. If the cold is just too darn much for your car to handle, you can use a few household items to get out of a bind.

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You can use cooking spray to prevent your car doors from sealing shut and cover your windshield wipers with socks to keep them from freezing. A sock full of kitty litter also prevents frost. See the whole list here.

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