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    29 Things To Help Keep Your Messy Car From Descending Into Full-Blown Chaos

    Ingenious organizers, convenient trash cans, helpful cleaning supplies, and other brilliant products for your vehicle you'll wish you already owned.

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    1. A leak-proof trash can that simply straps to your center console or around your headrest for easy, out of the way access. The rubber lid makes it a breeze to put garbage in while keeping odors under wraps, and the convenient pockets provide extra storage! Now the evidence of your late night fast food detour is out of sight and out of mind, instead of tumbling around the backseat for the next six months.

    Model putting an empty water bottle into the trash can installed in a car

    Promising review: "This trash bin is the perfect size for my 2015 Toyota Corolla S and my needs. I'm usually driving by myself, but sometimes I have family and friends that are not so tidy with their trash and end up making it a scavenger hunt when I clean my car. This sits at the bottom and is tightly secured with the pull-cord around the center console, while still allowing for someone to sit in the middle back seat. It can hold enough trash for my small trips and is easy to dump and clean. The extra pockets are a nice feature to store small snacks and other miscellaneous items." โ€”Mitchell

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    2. A jar of car detailing cleaning gel that makes it weirdly fun and easy to clean those tough-to-reach nooks and crannies you can never seem to get to otherwise.


    Promising review: "Where has this been all my life? I never thought to use slime to get the crevices in my car clean. Itโ€™s so easy to just press or roll this around in the car picking up the dirt and crumbs vacuums are too stubborn to pick up." โ€”Andrea

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    3. A set of all-season rubber floor mats so all of that mud, snow, salt, and other filth that inevitably finds its way inside your car doesn't ruin the floors.

    The mats on the floor of a car

    They're also equipped with anti-slip backing and won't curl, crack, or harden during cold weather. They can also be trimmed if they are too big for your car!

    Promising review: "This rubber turned out to be the perfect fit for the front seats of our Toyota SUV. No trim or adjustment necessary. I prefer these much more than the basic carpet mats that came with the vehicle. It looks and feels more durable, easier to clean, and better to protect the flooring from footwear dirt or other nastiness. The two back seat floor seat pieces are good fits, too." โ€”Heavy Muscle

    Get it from Amazon for $29.19+ (available in three colors and six styles).

    4. A waterproof seat cover so you can travel with your fave road dog and not have to worry about them trashin' the backseat.

    dog laying in car seat hammock

    Promising review: "This is an amazing product. This works wonderfully for the back of the truck for my Siberian husky (who sheds like CRAZY). It keeps my car clean from fur, dirt, and even mud. My husky gets quite hyper and moves all over the car, but this product is HIGHLY DURABLE. What I love about this product is its ability to be easily moved and fit in any car. So, if I ask someone to look after my dog(s), I don't feel so bad about letting them use it! Plus the pockets on it are great for toys, treats, a leash, a ball, or other items. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!" โ€”Garcia

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

    5. A three-pocket folding car trunk organizer for anyone whose trunk is starting to look like a landfill. Strong Velcro keeps it secure while driving and it even folds down for easy storage when not in use.

    bin with pockets on the outside and handles

    Promising review: "It was just what I needed for my messy and unorganized truck! I wanted something not too bulky, but just the right size to help me reorganize my trunk. This product did that for me. I was also concerned that itโ€™ll move when I drove but luckily there is Velcro on the bottom that secures it in place while you drive, and sure enough it did just that! This product does not take up a lot of space and gives you the right amount of measure to place other things like groceries and a suitcase. I am completely satisfied and content with this product! I wish I had it all along!" โ€”Sheneese

    Get it from Amazon for $20.83.

    6. A pack of six cable clips so that you don't have to choose between keeping your eyes on the road and trying to extract your charger from a never-ending tangle of wires.

    The clips holding two charger cables

    Promising review: "If you have devices that need to be charged and you want to keep your cables neat, tidy and in place, you need this product. You could also use your imagination to find other uses! I have purchased two packs of these and used them all! I simply could not imagine life without these cable clips!" โ€”Mike

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $6.96

    7. A set of car hooks so your bags and jackets don't have to spend the entire trip rolling around on the floor, dumping out their contents everywhere, and winding up covered in whatever grime has been hiding under your seats since the beginning of time.

    the hooks attached to the back of a seat and holding bags

    Promising review: "Everyone who has gone into my car loves these hangers. So useful to hold purses, plastic bags, jackets, 40-ounce water containers, etc.! They have remained where I hooked them no matter." โ€”L.H

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    8. A windshield cleaning tool โ€” it'll make it much easier to keep the insides *and* outsides of your windows spotless, thanks to the extendable handle and the washable, reusable microfiber cloth that'll banish dirt, dust, and fog-causing moisture.

    Black cleaning tool with lime green colored pads and clear spray bottle

    Promising review: "I've always had to go through contortions in order to reach the forward edge of my vehicle windshields. I don't know why I never thought of getting one of these earlier. The handle collapsed down for easy storage, and it comes with three pads/socks/booties that are easily removable for washing. I was able to wash both car windows in a matter of minutes, without even having to go to both sides of the car to do it. It even comes with a handy storage bag for keeping everything together and easy to find." โ€”SS

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99

    9. A set of bamboo charcoal air purifier bags for anyone whose vehicle is starting to smell like a mixture of sweaty gym socks, fast food, and wet dog.

    bamboo charcoal purifying bags on floor of reviewer's car

    Promising review: "I put some of them in my new car for several days. It is useful to reduce the odor in cabinets of car. Excellent quality and reasonable price." โ€”ZZll

    Get a pack of 15 from Amazon for $23.95.

    10. A no-rinse carpet spot remover that'll get rid of those stains you thought were just a part of your car forever.

    It works on any colorfast material that can be safely dampened with water โ€” which probably covers every kind of car upholstery except leather.

    Promising review: "I had terrible rust and oil stains all over the seats of my car. I tried other cleaners but they made the stains darker. I took it to the dealership to see if they could get it out and they flat out told me no, so I gave up and lived with it for five years. I tried this after it was recommended by a friend. I sprayed it on and literally watched the stain run right off my seat. It was amazing! I thought I was going to have to pay hundreds of dollars to replace the seats in my car because nothing else would work. This stuff really is awesome!" โ€”Brittany

    Get a 32-ounce bottle on Amazon for $11.69.

    11. A wet and dry vacuum perfect for those hard-to-reach spots you usually give up on or spend *way* too long trying to clean.


    This vacuum holds 2.5-gallons and includes a six-foot hose and 10-foot cord.

    Promising review: "This is the vac you are looking for, if you are looking to keep your car clean. Easy-open clips make emptying a breeze. It is lightweight for ultra portability. The best, most unexpected surprise are the attachments. They actually fit into BOTH the nooks AND the crannies of your car. We have two dogs. This picks up about 95% of the dog hair (I would estimate that the average shop vac picks up 85% of dog hair). There will always be a stray hair that has somehow bonded at the molecular level with the car mat. Finally, it's not painfully loud to operate." โ€”MJKeys

    Get it from Amazon for $51.61.

    12. A car seat gap filler that'll make sure food, trash, keys, phones, and other objects don't fall in between that annoying space between your seat and middle console never to be seen again.

    Promising review: "Finally bought it. This was perfect. I tend to drive with my keys on my leg whenever the cup holder is in use and now if the keys fall off on a turn I no longer have to squeeze my arm between the seat and middle console ๐Ÿ˜… great product. It stays in place when I adjust my seat as well." โ€”Robin Rivera

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    13. A double-sided wheel desk so eating and working in your car can actually be comfortable and *much* less messy. Plus, do restaurants usually have recliners?? I don't think so.


    Promising review: "Nothing fancy here. The product is quite simple. And quite effective. Hooking it around the steering wheel, the desk provides a nice, firm flat surface to put your meals upon. Or perhaps your laptop/tablet. This is a whole lot better than laying your meal across your lap or the seat next to you. And when done it's direct and simple to pop the thing off the steering wheel and put it back out of the way. A handy thing to have in your car in general." โ€”Madoc Pope

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    14. And a 3D-printed clip-on sauce holder you can attach to your vents to help keep meals on-the-go more convenient and with less potential for sauce to get ~everywhere~.


    Limit3DitionShop is a small business based in Texas that offers a variety of cool 3D-printed items.

    Promising review: "This is the coolest most innovative thing Iโ€™ve ever seen. This person needs to go on Shark Tank. So convenient and awesome that it comes in colors." โ€”Julie Jones

    Get it from Limit3DitionShop on Etsy for $8.77 (available in 14 colors and two patterns).

    15. An over-the-seat car trash bag that comes in a variety of delightful patterns, colors, and styles to help keep your car both cute *and* clean.

    TheModMobile / Etsy, TheModMobile

    TheModMobile is a small business based in Winsted, Connecticut and also has matching steering wheel covers!

    Promising review: "This fabulous litter bag has revolutionized my driving experience. I'm no longer drowning in a sea of toddler debris! Beautifully constructed and the perfect size. Thanks :)" โ€”Jordana Wilson

    Get the sunflower one from TheModMobile on Etsy for $20.

    16. Or a stylish cupholder trash can for super easy access so you can stop just letting your trash fall into the mysterious, unexplored depths of your vehicle.

    cup-size garbage can with gold glam lid

    Promising review: "I put these on both sides of my Jeep in the door cup holders, it has helped keep my car looking nice and clean. Especially with little straw papers or receipts from fast food places that somehow end up in my purse, they are now where they need to be in these cute little trash cans. I honestly didnโ€™t think I would like them as much as I do. Would buy again or suggest to a friend to buy." โ€”Nikki

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in eight colors).

    17. An expandable hanger bar for anyone who treats their backseat more like a closet-on-wheels.

    Promising Review: โ€œWe got this bar for a move to a new apartment 15 miles away from our old one. It was so easy just loading our already hung clothes onto this and driving it over in loads than taking everything off hangers, storing, and then having to rehang items. Since the move, we have used the bar numerous times for vacations, events, and even just to pick up dry cleaning!โ€ โ€”Alan Blankstein

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    18. A bottle of leather cleaner to keep your seats looking like the day they were born.,

    This leather cleaner comes with a microfiber towel!

    Promising review: "I really love this cleaner. It doesn't leave any greasy film. After cleaning the interior of the car, it looked brand-new. The back of the passenger seat was a mess from my grandson kicking it while in his car seat. The TriNova cleaner removed the marks easily. I will continue to buy this product." โ€”Deb

    Get it from Amazon for $15.98.

    19. A natural glass cleaner that uses vinegar, essential oils, and alcohol to help banish streaks from your windows. Just spray and wipe โ€” and your work here is done!

    the spray bottle of natural citrus glass cleaner
    Pardo Naturals

    Pardo Naturals is a Black woman-owned small business based in Georgia. The shop makes products designed for people with sensitive skin, and even offers natural product making classes.

    Get it from Pardo Naturals for $8 (available in four scents; Shop Pay, Google Pay, and PayPal available).

    20. Some car coasters because they'll look super cute in your cup holders while keeping them from getting all gross and sticky.

    cute car coasters
    WeefersDesigns / Etsy

    WeefersDesigns is a small business located in Whittier, California and have a ton of cute car coaster designs to choose from, even monogrammed ones!

    Promising review: "I got the 'Suh duh fuh cup' ones and they are so cute and sturdy. They fit perfectly in my 2008 Ford Edge! Shipping was fast and I had no issues. They were exactly what I expected." โ€”Emma B.

    Get a set of two from WeefersDesigns on Etsy for $7.95+ (available in two types and nine styles).

    21. A replacement air filter because, if yours looks anything like this one, it's probably time for a change.

    A reviewer comparing their dirty, gray air filter and their new, white air filter

    Promising review: "I know very little about cars but I do know quite a bit about saving money. I went to get my airbag replaced this past month and they recommended I replace my cabin air filter. It was going to cost $60 and $40 for labor!! I YouTubed a tutorial and it looked so simple. I bought one on Amazon (same brand) for less than $20!!! For a 26-year-old (completely inexperienced with cars) who spent 10 minutes on YouTube and an extra 10 minutes in installation, I saved over $80!!! I probably would have had to wait at the dealer more than the 20 minutes it took me overall and would have had to pay an extra $80. No thank you!!" โ€”Vanessa C.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.17+ (available in packs of one, two, and three).

    22. A portable humidifier here to give your car a fresh and soothing aroma despite all smelly pets and sweaty kids that have been inside.

    Grab a set of essential oils to incorporate into the humidifier!

    Promising review: "I love the fun color-changing option of this diffuser! My daughter was instantly mesmerized by the rainbow of colors. It fits nicely in the cup holder of my car and isnโ€™t overwhelmingly strong. With two kids, my car can get messy and the last thing I want is funky odors looming around. This was a great addition to keep the bad smells at bay. Please note that the diffuser comes with a USB cable which I plugged into my cellphone charger to function." โ€”TheGummyMummy

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (also available in a wood finish).

    23. Or an adorable hanging diffuser to make your car smell like a spa on wheels. Choose from a variety of signature and seasonal scents, and get ready to impress your passengers.

    hand holds small glass container with rope around the rear view mirror

    Amber and Wood Co is a small business based in Valparaiso, Indiana that thoughtfully sourced aromatic goods.

    Get it from AmberandWoodCo on Etsy for $8 (available in 17 scents).

    24. A pair of pet hair-removing brushes in case your favorite passenger loves to shed all over your seats almost as much as they love to bark at the other dogs at stop lights.


    Promising review: Really impressed with these! We have a dog who sheds like itโ€™s his job and our car is always extremely difficult to vacuum. These really picked up the hair with minimal effort. Iโ€™ve also used on our home area rugs and got way better results than our shark vacuum. Left the carpets feeling soft as well. Iโ€™d definitely recommend for any pet owner!"โ€”jonathanc1222

    Get it a pack of two from Amazon for $18.

    25. A powerful all-purpose cleaner concentrate that'll help clean your car while making it smell simply amazing โ€” all without relying on toxic chemicals!

    A bottle of Frankincense & Myrrh All Purpose Cleaner Concentrate
    Good Vibes All Purpose Cleaner

    Good Vibes All Purpose Cleaner is a Black woman-owned small business founded by Ymani Efunyale. After her own son suffered an asthma attack after accidentally ingesting a so-called "natural cleaner," Ymani went to work creating her own highly effective, eco-friendly cleaners, which has grown into the business she has today.

    Promising review: "Donโ€™t be fooled by the beautiful, gentle scent, this cleanser is tough on grease without being harmful to the environment. I really didnโ€™t expect such cleaning power because it smelled so good!!!" โ€”Victoria Pantalone

    Get it from Good Vibes All Purpose Cleaner for $10+ (available in two sizes; Shop Pay, Google Pay, PayPal available).

    26. A heavy-duty waterproof nonslip trunk organizer with two roomy compartments, a removable divider to give you the option of a third compartment, *and* mesh pockets on the outside so you can keep your groceries, cleaning supplies, extra clothes, emergency tools, and other items nice and organized instead of rolling around all willy-nilly.

    Promising review: "I was so happy with this when it came! It's the perfect size for the trunk space in my Subaru Outback, it's super durable and the bottom spacers make it feel extra sturdy. I love to organize clutter in my storage area, so this has really been a great solution. It fits all of my emergency gear, changes of clothes, and the outside mesh pockets are great for my bike tools. I'm so happy with it I'm actually ordering a second for my groceries!" โ€”Amazon Customer

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

    27. A game-changing car seat organizer complete with all the pockets you need to securely hold a tablet, cups, snacks, and anything else you might need on a road trip (probably just more snacks, but you do you).


    Promising Review: โ€œCan't go on car rides with out this.. I hate living in a city where I have to drive around 20โ€“40 minutes to or from daycare because it is closer to work. However, this makes my daughter's rides more manageable, she watches Frozen and I get through traffic! She even places her little shoes in the big storage pocket and pacifier in the little mesh pockets.โ€ โ€”T. Khansari

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    28. A console side pocket that not only helps keep your phone and keys from falling into the dreaded space between the seats, but also includes a piggy bank for loose change, a longer pocket to hold items like your phone and wallet, *and* an extra cupholder. Now you can keep all of those items neatly organized instead of spread chaotically across your vehicle.,

    You can order one for the driver's side seat or passenger's side seat.

    Promising review: "I put this in last night and went to work today and everything was perfect. I did have to install the foam spacers (included) to make it a really snug fit. It would have still worked without it but I like things perfect. So now the coins go in the coin pocket and my keys and other work related accessories go in the bigger pocket. This is one of the best cheap life hacks you can get if you're a car person and/or just like being organized and neat." โ€”R.Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in four styles).

    29. A set of two hand-painted leather cord organizers that'll help keep your chargers, aux cables, and other various cords from getting all tangled up in your glove compartment.

    Two of the cord organizers, one wrapped around a charging cable

    R-KI-TEKT is Black woman-owned small business that provides quality, hand-crafted goods full of color, pattern, texture, and good vibes, inspired by elements of West Indian and African Diasporic culture.

    Get a set of two from R-KI-TEKT for $25 (Shop Pay, Google Pay, and Paypal available).

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