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    23 Genius Solutions To Issues Every Car Owner Faces

    So many people have written "wash me" in the dirt, it's almost clean.

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


    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.

    1. Repurpose an empty gum package as a tiny trash bin that fits into your cupholder.

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    The lid seals in any smells and you can toss the whole thing when it's full.

    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.

    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.


    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.

    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.

    Get the full tutorial from Pretty Prudent.

    6. For especially long car trips, you can prep a whole bunch of things for them to do using a shower caddy.

    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.


    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.


    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.

    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.

    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.

    11. Take those god-awful car mats that catch literally every ounce of dirt and toss them in the dishwasher.

    No kidding, most car mats are dishwasher safe. Check it out on One Crazy House.

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


    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.

    No more bread accidentally squished under a gallon of milk. Get the full instructions here.

    Stock up, no worries.


    15. Leave laundry baskets in your trunk so that you can carry all of your purchases out in one or two trips.

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    Never carry in one bag at a time again.

    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.

    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.

    17. Organize all the documents that you've been nonsensically shoving in your glove compartment using an accordion folder.

    Check out this awesome tutorial from Elementary Organization.

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

    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.

    When u live in bakersfield and its 283728829 degrees so ur steering wheel is too hot

    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.


    Just kidding, you can always lose your phone under the seat. Find this one at Amazon.

    21. Keep your pooch safe in the back with this adjustable seatbelt harness ($5.99).


    Get this one at Amazon.

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


    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.


    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.