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The Definitive Ranking Of Car Messes

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11. The "Coffee Addict" Mess

Coffee must make you pretty shaky, because you now have coffee stains all over the inside of your car. With a little scrubbing, a mix of detergent and vinegar should do the trick and leave your car seats shiny and new.
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Coffee must make you pretty shaky, because you now have coffee stains all over the inside of your car. With a little scrubbing, a mix of detergent and vinegar should do the trick and leave your car seats shiny and new.

10. The "Been Watching Too Many Home Improvement Shows" Mess

So you decided to remodel the kitchen on your own? And the living room? And finish off the basement? Good luck with that. In the meantime, invest in a nice Shop-Vac to clean up all the sawdust on your floor from lugging all the lumber around in the backseat.
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So you decided to remodel the kitchen on your own? And the living room? And finish off the basement? Good luck with that. In the meantime, invest in a nice Shop-Vac to clean up all the sawdust on your floor from lugging all the lumber around in the backseat.

9. The "Gum" Mess

The easiest way to remove gum from your car seats or carpet without ruining your interior is to use the "freeze" method, seen here.
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The easiest way to remove gum from your car seats or carpet without ruining your interior is to use the "freeze" method, seen here.

8. The “Rain With a Chance of Open Windows" Mess

The good news? You have a nice, fancy sun roof. The bad news? You forgot about that sun roof overnight. Whoops. Try this easy fix for getting mold out of your interior.
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The good news? You have a nice, fancy sun roof. The bad news? You forgot about that sun roof overnight. Whoops. Try this easy fix for getting mold out of your interior.

7. The "Makeshift Closet" Mess

If you're going to keep clothes in your car, try to keep it to one overnight bag or trunk organizer. That way, they won't take up too much space.
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If you're going to keep clothes in your car, try to keep it to one overnight bag or trunk organizer. That way, they won't take up too much space.

6. The "Sweaty Workout" Mess

Gross, gross, so gross. You figure "Hey, why take my gym clothes out of the car if I'm going to use them again tomorrow?" Well, all that procrastinating leads to one of the worst car smells imaginable. Try this baking soda and charcoal hack to get your car smelling normal again.
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Gross, gross, so gross. You figure "Hey, why take my gym clothes out of the car if I'm going to use them again tomorrow?" Well, all that procrastinating leads to one of the worst car smells imaginable. Try this baking soda and charcoal hack to get your car smelling normal again.

5. The "Stuck in the Past" Mess

Let's be honest, nobody uses CDs anymore. If you can't part with your discs, invest in a CD book holder or just convert to a music streaming service.
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Let's be honest, nobody uses CDs anymore. If you can't part with your discs, invest in a CD book holder or just convert to a music streaming service.

4. The "Artsy Fartsy" Mess

Those arts and crafts are all fun and games until your car's interior gets hurt. To get paint messes outta there, try this mild paint thinner solution.
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Those arts and crafts are all fun and games until your car's interior gets hurt. To get paint messes outta there, try this mild paint thinner solution.

3. The "Teenager'" Mess

Whether you're a teenager, the parent of a teenager, or just act like a teenager, this is one of the worst messes in existence. For a general cleaning of your car's interior, mix some vinegar in with some boiling water and scrub your seats with a rag. It should keep the inside of your car looking spotless until the next food-related mishap.
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Whether you're a teenager, the parent of a teenager, or just act like a teenager, this is one of the worst messes in existence. For a general cleaning of your car's interior, mix some vinegar in with some boiling water and scrub your seats with a rag. It should keep the inside of your car looking spotless until the next food-related mishap.

2. The "Dog Owner" Mess

So. Much. Dog. Hair. The best solution for this is a seat cover like this one.
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So. Much. Dog. Hair. The best solution for this is a seat cover like this one.

1. The "Mom" Mess

Grab some quarters and hit the car wash. If you decide you have to hose down the inside too, then so be it.
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Grab some quarters and hit the car wash. If you decide you have to hose down the inside too, then so be it.