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    29 Low-Effort Ways To Keep Your Car Clean

    ~Wheel, wheel, wheel~. Would you look at that: a clean car for once.

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    1. Take trash with you when you leave your car β€” or set up a waterproof trash can so your garbage doesn't litter the floor.

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    Promising review: "There is nothing bad to say about this product. It fits perfectly and does exactly what it is intended to do. I no longer have garbage in my car. I wish I would have found this sooner." β€”Tsalagi Stacey

    Get it from Amazon for $9.87+ (available in three colors).

    2. Prevent spills with universal cup holders that have raised lips to stabilize your coffee mug or water bottle.

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    Promising review: "I wanted something to put in my cupholders of my Jeep so I could remove them and wipe them easier than cleaning the cupholder. These are nice. Fit perfectly and I can pull them back out easily with the tab." β€”Alida Baldazo

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in two sizes).

    3. Or go the DIY route with silicone baking cups to catch any future crumbs. Just rinse them with soapy water to clean!

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    Promising review: "I bought these to line the XL cup holder in my new car. I did not yet use them for baking. They are sturdy, and I believe batter will hold up well inside. They are not flimsy or floppy. If you have an SUV or crossover, these are more of a muffin size, so your cup holders will hold them well. You may want the smaller, cupcake size for a car. Either way, it provides a nice, non-slip surface for your beverage and prevents a tip-over when you turn your wheel." β€”LLLL

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $10.99.

    4. Place a clean sock over the bottom of a cup, spritz it with an all-purpose cleaner, and rotate it in the cup holder to clean all the crevices your hands can't reach.

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    You can recreate this tip from The Krazy Coupon Lady using your hand instead of a cup.

    5. Keep your car smelling fresh with a ~paw-sitively~ adorable cat air freshener.

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    Car Cuties donates a portion of the proceeds to PAWS Chicago, a nonprofit animal shelter and organization that's working to find a solution for euthanasia among the homeless pet population.

    Promising review: "My wife loves this air freshener that I got her. Not only is she an avid cat lover, but she doesn't always clean out her car as often as she could, especially between having two small little ones. This air fresheners really strong and he keeps the car smelling really good, I have to admit I actually like it too." β€”Jack Kurth

    Get a three-pack on Amazon for $6.99+ (available in eight scents and as a six-pack).

    6. Look into whether you can replace your vehicle's air filter if you keep getting smelly air blown back into your car.

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    Remove and Replace points out that over time dirt, dust, pollen, spores, and other germs in your air filters can product stinky bacteria, mites, and fungus.

    7. Have a tub of Clorox wipes in the car at all times for cleaning emergencies. This way you can treat the stain right away instead of having to wait until you get home.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These can be used anywhere. They smell fresh and clean. Get one to stash in your desk at work, a couple in the kitchen (one for the dining table, the other for the counters), one for each bathroom, one for the car, and slip a few into a zip lock bag for your purse." β€”ana oh

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    8. Declutter your trunk with a collapsible trunk organizer that has pockets for groceries, jumper cables, a first aid kit β€” you name it.

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    You can strap it around your car seat with S hooks if you need easy access or you can leave it in your trunk where it's out of sight.

    Promising review: "I love this thing. It is super well-made and fits A TON of stuff. I'm using it basically as an emergency kit. I was able to fit literally anything I need in the event of an emergency, including a change of clothes (with shoes), toiletries, a blanket, makeup, snacks, and I still have room to toss shopping bags in while I'm out so they don't roll around in my trunk." β€”Erica Edwards

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in three colors).

    9. Or try a trunk divider that attaches to your car with Velcro. This is the perfect solution for maximizing every inch of storage space because it can fit in the weird nooks and crannies of your car that bulkier organizers are too big for.

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    Promising review: "I found this product after spending more than a year trying to find a trunk organizer that didn't take up all of the limited space in the trunk of my Civic. I have no garage so I have to store certain car care items in the trunk, but it was becoming impossible to find anything. I took the advice of some of the other interviewers and installed it logo side in. (The bonus is that the elastic bands can secure light but bulky items outside of the organizer. I've driven about 100 miles on NYC area highways, and it's held tight and kept everything organized. I've included before and after photos to show how dramatic the difference is." β€”Penny Wise

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (also available with a towel rack and as a two-pack).

    10. And if you still haven't found what you're looking for, consider a hanging organizer so you can take advantage of vertical space.

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    Promising review: "How did I not know about these sooner? It is so great as a mom to have some storage off the floor, leaving more room for strollers and groceries. I use a section for water bottles, a section for spare clothes and diapers for all the kids, a section for wipes and one for snacks." β€”Jen R.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    11. Get a glove box organizer so you can quickly grab your license, registration, and coupons.

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    Promising review: "After 11 years of driving, I finally got into my first major accident, and when I had to retrieve items in my glove compartment at the towing yard, boy oh boy was it messy! I know it's my fault for stacking junk over time, but having this now with my new car makes me realize how organized I needed to be. The tabs and slots help organize your receipts, insurance, registration, etc... Overall a great organizer for your car!" β€”CHONKPANZEE

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    12. Avert a minor crises with a car seat gap filler, because there's nothing that'll frustrate you more than dropping your phone down the crack between your seat and the console and going, "Welp, there goes my phone forever."

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    You've probably seen this lil' guy on Shark Tank and in a million BuzzFeed posts because it is seriously that good.

    Promising review: "I have to admit my expectations weren't very high. I thought it was more of a joke when my husband got this for me for Christmas. Little did I realize it would be one of my most favorite gadgets ever! I don't know if I realized just how many things went missing in my seat gap. It has really saved a lot of things from disappearing into that black hole. It was easy enough to fit into my car and it's soft! It's just like an extension of my seat, except it fits every curve of my seat! There really isn't another product that compares to this." β€”Tessa Forbes

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    13. Alternatively, you can maximize storage in the front of your car with a car seat gap organizer. It can fit your phone, sunglasses, pens, and other random bits and bobs.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I can’t say enough about this car seat organizer. If you have problems with losing things between your car seats, this item is for you. Not only does it prevent small items from falling down between the seats, it also gives you a place to put change, a pen, toll cards, and other necessary β€˜car items’ and keep them within reach. It is well-constructed and easy to install. I highly recommend this item." β€”Parker Welch

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95 (available in five colors).

    14. Store your loose coins in a handy change holder that fits in your cup holder. This way you don't hold up the line at a tollbooth, and you'll always have exact change at the drive-thru.

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    Promising review: "I cannot say how much to this day I absolutely love this product. As far as products I would never give up in my life, this is 100% one of them. It eliminates loose change in your car, helps you start to save your change a little better, helps with drive-thrus or places you could use exact change to save a buck (or $20), and has helped me in so many more situations.The springs still work great despite how much change has been thru it, being carried and dropped, moving between houses and dorms and just general abuse like any object in your car. It's a great gift or something to help someone with a messy car." β€”NickDeMartin

    Get it from Amazon for $10.88.

    15. Enjoy your meals on the go with a dip clip (just pls no eating and driving!!!!) instead of trying to balance a sauce container in your lap.

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    Promising review: "I am guilty of eating nuggets in my car and the dipping sauce is often all over the place. Not anymore. This simple little cup keeps your sauce safe and keeps your car clean. Keep one in your car at all times." β€”Jessica Barrett

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99+ (also available in packs of four and six).

    16. Hang your bags on a headrest hook so you don't have to worry about the contents of your purse spilling all over the car floor if you take a turn too fast or have to slam on the brakes.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These hooks work great and function exactly the way I had hoped for! I actually turned them around and use them for the front of the seat, rather than the back. These hooks have solved the dreaded 'bag dump' when you have to break suddenly. No more lunch spilling all over the inside of my work bag!!" β€”katie grimm

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    17. Protect your precious car with a pet-proof seat cover. No more having to basically hose down the back seat after a trip to the dog park.

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    Promising review: "I have a Swiss shepherd and he often gets very messy. I used to take him to the park and lake without a seat cover and my car was a big mess. My last cover broke pretty quickly so I replaced it with this one. I love the non-slip bottom. It is waterproof and protects my car seats from mud, water and fur. The seat belt openings are large enough. This is a great product, high quality, and reasonably priced." β€”electric

    Get it from Amazon for $29.96+ (available in three colors and styles).

    18. Clean the seams in your car seats and armrests with a detail brush that'll sweep away dirt and crumbs.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Love them! They get into my dashboard's small crevices. I thought I was being extra clean before I got these. I originally bought these on a whim of just thinking, 'Hey, $5, I'll give it a try.' After owning them for nearly a month now. Wow... How did I never get these before. They are so useful! Cleans up those hard-to-reach spots right away!" β€”Jorian Wulf

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    19. Tidy up your kid's accessories with a backseat organizer. Spending just 15 minutes arranging things neatly will save you from spending precious time trying to find the wipes after you accidentally spill soda in the car.

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    Promising review: "This has lots of pockets and fits a lot of items. We have teens though, and apparently it doesn't matter how easy it is to use, the teens drop their pencils and headphones on the floor of the car regardless. A bit of cajoling though and everything was cleaned up and in its place. This will give you lots of places to put things, but will not make your teens any cleaner." β€”Alissa Frederick

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in five colors).

    20. And speaking of spills, use a carpet cleaner to get rid of any questionable stains from the upholstery.

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    Promising review: "My car is over 10 years old and my cloth gray seats are a bit grimey. The driver's seat and arm rest is pretty dirty due to my sweaty thighs and arms after working out. This product was easy to use. Just spray very generously (when you spray and it looks like the stain disappears after spraying, you know you sprayed enough), I rubbed it in with my fingers, a scrub brush, and a microfiber towel, then let it dry!" β€”Some-Lady-Who-Reviews

    Get it from Amazon for $11.18.

    21. Or spray them with a leather cleaner and conditioner so your car looks like it just rolled off the lot.

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    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." β€”Spiderman

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    22. Shield the backs of your leather or fabric seats with a kick mat so you aren't spending your precious weekends ridding them of scuff marks.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Step 1: Install. Takes about 30 seconds per seat.

    Step 2: Insert children into car seats. Takes much longer than Step 1 (your results may vary). Step 3: Drive without worrying about their wet, dirty little sneakers scuffing up your leather. Relax. Breath deeply. All is well. Why don't you stop and get a coffee? You deserve a coffee. You've earned it. You're doing a great job." β€”nightman622

    Get it from Amazon for $11.54.

    23. Remove dust quickly with a cleaning gel you can smoosh into every crevice of your car to pick up those annoying floaters.

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    Promising review: " My boyfriend thought it would be a great idea to eat cinnamon pretzel bites in my new car. He left crumbs on the crevices of the seat. I used the flubber and it actually worked. It got all of it out quickly. I am definitely keeping this handy in my car." β€”Ericka

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    24. Pick up dirt, dust, and pollen with a microfiber duster instead of sighing in disgust as you look at all the gunk in your air vents that you can't reach.

    Amazon

    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." β€”YmR

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    25. Or dust the vents with a cheap foam brush left over from your kid's most recent art project.

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    Get a three-pack of various size foam brushes from Amazon for $3.77 if you want to try FlusterBuster's cleaning trick.

    26. Stick your oversized water bottles and coffee mugs in a cup holder adapter instead of placing them on the seat next to you or by your feet and praying that they don't fall over and spill.

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    Promising review: "So I was trying to find a water bottle to fit my cup holder and this was a better find! It may have been a little pricey, but worth it for me. My water bottle used to be flopped in passenger seat. I've spilled water, ruining papers, and the writing on the water bottles had melted to my seats β€” now I don't have to worry about any of that happening again. The included size things would probably even provide a better fit, but it's just fine as it is, so I'll keep that in case my next vehicle might be a different size." β€”Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    27. Suck up practically every speck of dirt, crumb, and pet hair with a powerful wet/dry vacuum. This bad boy is lightweight and portable, making cleanup fast and easy.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Purchased this as a car vacuum after a week long hiking trip with my Labrador. Hair and dirt everywhere in the car, even under the cargo cover. This vacuum worked wonders. Was light weight and easy to use. Attachments were very good for getting hard-to-reach car areas. Suction was more powerful than expected. Totally recommend." β€”TK

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99.

    28. Or spritz your seats with water and go over it with a squeegee, which will pick up the pet hair so you don't have to.

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    CareaBearaSara's genius tip is easy to recreate at home with a spray bottle and a squeegee (you can get one on for $14.99 on Amazon if you don't have one!).

    29. Scrub away years of sun damage that's turned your headlights hazy and dull with a headlight restoration kit. Or go to your local car repair shop and pay five times more...your choice!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "The results. I am still in shock about them. I saw some pictures of 'results' and I thought they were all fake. NO, they are not. It's that good. I am very pleased with this product. If you need your headlights cleaned, buy this kit! On another note, my mom was so amazed by how well it worked she made me go buy another kit and clean her headlights too!" β€”Brad

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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