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    31 Products That'll Make Your Car Cleaner And More Organized Than It's Ever Been

    Smart things to keep your car sparkling and neat.

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    1. A no-rinse carpet spot remover that banishes even old, set-in car upholstery stains once and for all.

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    It works on any color-fast material that can be safely dampened with water — which probably covers every kind of car upholstery except leather, unless you're like, outfitting your seats in custom velvet or something. And it would work on your mud-stained carpets, too!

    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!" —Brittany

    Get a 32-ounce bottle on Amazon for $12.47.

    2. Some silicone baking cups to catch all those impossible bits of crumbs and dirt that somehow always end up in the bottom of your cupholders. When the cups get grimy, all you have to do is pop 'em in the dishwasher.

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    From One Good Thing By Jillee. The silicone's also flexible enough that you'll still be able to set your oversized coffee tumblers down without having to remove them, first.

    Promising review: "We bought these to use as dust catchers in our PT Cruiser's cup holders. These fit great, a little smaller than our standard cup holders, but make cleaning debris and keeping loose change super simple." —Jay Octavarium

    If you have a sedan and/or smaller cupholders, get the 12-pack regular size on Amazon for $9.97; if you have a hybrid/SUV and/or bigger cupholders, some reviewers recommend the jumbo size, which you can get 12 of on Amazon for $18.50.

    3. Or a cup holder expander, if all you really need is to fit your bigger coffee mugs and water bottles snugly in so they don't go flying willy-nilly.

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    These come with a ~soft foam fit sleeve~ that purports to both protect your car from scratches and ensure that the expander fits, no matter your make or model.

    Promising review: "This product works exactly as advertised. The two removable plastic size adjusters plus the neoprene sleeve make for a super tight fit. Once the cupholder is installed it is snug and takes a bit of effort to remove (that's a good thing!)" —Ben Lehrbach

    Get one on Amazon for $16.95.

    4. A clay bar kit that will extract all the sand, dirt, salt, and other grit embedded in your paint — a regular wash won't touch this stuff — so your car truly shines bright like a diamond.

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    The wax you give your car afterward will last longer after you've done this, too. (You'll want to wash your car before you break out the clay bars, though!) The kit comes with two clay bars, two microfiber towels, and a clay lubricant.

    Promising review: "I had some tar and some spots that looked like rust on my white vehicle. The clay bar completely removed all the contaminates without damaging the paint. It took a little elbow grease but was well worth the work!" —Lizardo

    Get it from Walmart for $18.97.

    5. A mini expanding file to keep your maintenance and inspection history, insurance information, registration, and user manuals organized and easy to access in your glove compartment.

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    From Day In My Life. This one has thirteen pockets, with twelve insertable tabs; some are pre-printed, but you can also make your own.

    Promising review: "Perfect size for a car glovebox — I use this to keep my registration, service records, etc. all neat in my car." —zombielex

    Get one on Amazon for $4.53.

    6. A pair of headrest hooks — they'll stop your purse or shopping bags from dumping out all their contents when you have to make a sharp turn.

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    They hook securely to your headrest, can be rotated out either to the backseat or front seat, and are stored by facing 'em inward — it all depends on where you need them at the particular moment.

    Promising review: "This is the handiest contraption ever. You simply raise your headrest about 1/2" and clip this to the headrest's post. It's firm and secure. My handbag is often heavy and this didn't make the hooks tilt at all when it was on. I gave one to my daughter who uses it in her car, too. She loves it as her car doesn't have much floor space as her center console is wide and she often has passengers. Great value for something so useful!" —Just My Opinion

    Get a set of two on Amazon for $7.95 (two colors).

    7. A seat-gap filler designed to neatly slide in that pesky two-inches car manufacturers certainly put there just to tempt your phone, spare chage, and snacks away from you.

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    A slot slides over the seatbelt catch, so you don't have to readjust 'em every time your boyfriend borrows your car and slides the seat all the way back.

    Promising review: "I have been wanting these for a while. I finally pulled the trigger and its worth it! Every now and then I drop my phone, or a pen, or coins down between my center console and my seat, then end up squeezing the back of my hand against the console trying to reach down and get it. These squish tight into place, don't stick out at all, and have already saved me multiple times in just a few months." —Carlos R

    Get a pair on Amazon for $19.99.

    8. A waterproof and slip-resistant dog seat cover so your backseat upholstery stays clean and dry even after a long hike through streams and mud — or just some rambunctious playtime in the dog park.

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    And if you don't want to lose your backseats completely, it's divided in half with a zipper, so your pup can sit on one side and a human can sit on the other. It has a little pocket for toys and leashes, and reviewers say it fits pretty much all sizes of cars.

    Promising review: "I am extremely impressed with the durability and ease of use of my Gorilla Grip Car Seat protector. I have two large dogs that I take to the park daily, making a car seat cover essential or my car would be filthy. This cover surpassed my expectations, it provides excellent coverage of my entire back seat. The four straps + two anchors really secure it in place. The non-slip underside prevents bunching of the cover (always a problem I have had in the past). This purchase is really a no brainer, the quality is so much better than more expensive car seat protectors on the market." —Jill

    Get it on Amazon for $20.99.

    The manufacturers do also suggest using a pet restraint for extra safety; you can get a well-reviewed one for small-medium sized dogs for $10.49, and a stronger but still highly-rated one for larger dogs (or dogs who chew through their nylon leashes) for $14.98; just pair that with a harness that comfortably fits your dog.

    9. A set of two extra-soft detail brushes perfect for extracting crumbs and crud from the seams between the seat covers, so your entire car looks basically brand new.

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    Promising review: "Great item! If you take care of the brushes they will last. I use one for removing wax residue on the outside of the car, and the other one on the inside to dust vents and get the fine dirt out of the texture in the dash. I have maybe lost a couple "hairs" on the first use but I rinse and take care of them and have not had any problems. And they are soft enough to use on the paint." —Casey Jo

    Get the pack of two on Amazon for $4.39.

    10. A near-universal phone holder that makes it super simple to change songs, know when someone's calling you, and generally keep an eye on what's happening.

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    Of course, that's not an excuse to text or talk and drive! Safety first, y'all. This will securely hold almost any smartphone you throw at it, and has a quick release button so you can easily grab your phone again after you've parked. It easily attaches to any horizontal vents, and has a ball-and-socket joint so you can angle your phone however works best for you.

    Promising review: "Am happy to say it holds the iPhone 6s inside an OtterBox cover, even though the OtterBox’s thickness exceeds the two bottom feet of this holder. Squeeze the two sides really hard to ensure that they grip the Otter box tightly. I have already made a long trip of nearly a 1000 miles without the phone falling out. Really love the ball and socket joint since you can angle the phone just right to avoid glare. " —maiji

    Get it on Amazon for $17.49.

    11. A pair of kick mats to protect the back of your seats from smears of grass, dirt, and other grime that excited little feet mysteriously accumulated in the five seconds between the backdoor and the car.

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    It fits most sedan, SUV, and minivan seats, although some reviewers with SUVs say it doesn't quite cover the edges of the seat. The fabric's both water-resistant AND washable, so when it does get grimy it's more than simple to clean. They buckle on using two elastic straps.

    Promising review: "They installed in seconds in my 2016 Hyundai Sonata. I was worried about the light interior color and messy children, so these mats are a perfect solution. Went back-and-forth on whether or not to buy these particular kick mats because I was worried about the strap visibility. Even though it is visible, it is not unsightly and could possibly even be shoved into the crack of the seat little further depending upon the type of seat you have. So far so good." —Annie D

    Get a set of two on Amazon for $16.99.

    12. A Velcro storage wall that fits snugly against one side of your sedan's trunk, so you can corral all the random things rolling around in there.

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    It has a little towel rack on the outside, which some reviewers also use for big sponges or gloves.

    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've driven about 100 miles on NYC area highways, and it's held tight and kept everything organized." —Penny Wise

    Get one on Amazon for $24.99.

    13. A leather cleaner and conditioner formulated to remove stains and discoloration and soften cracks and dry spots, so you *and* your car can remember how it looked (and felt and smelled) the day it rolled off the lot.

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    It works on any color of leather you happen to own, from beige to grey to black! First you go in to remove the dirt with the cleaner, then follow up with the no-rinse conditioner, which leaves the leather lightly shined and super soft.

    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." —Spiderman

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99.

    14. An expanding trunk organizer so you can store all your regular items most of the time, then open it up when you want to stash even more stuff temporarily.

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    Promising review: "Very nice three cubby unit. Cubbies are small but seem enough for a loaded grocery bag. Material is good and should last. Item folds easily for storage. Good price for occasional use. The trick with these is to closely inspect both overall size and size of pockets. I don’t lug around a lot of loose stuff but these are good for holding grocery store bags when you don’t want the stuff rolling all over your car." —Johnny Beans

    Get it on Amazon for $14 (or 2 for $25).

    15. Or a bigger mesh organizer to stretch across the back of your SUV / van / truck to finally put a stop to all those bags tipping over and spilling their contents when you make a right turn.

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    You'll need those handy hooks in the back of your vehicle to make it work (or you totally could use Command Hooks, if you can find a non-upholstered spot that works to hang 'em.)

    Promising review: "I have used these Pocket Nets in each of my last three cars, one being an SUV. I wouldn't be without these. I like not having to climb into the trunk or the back end of the SUV to retrieve items that rolled or slid. Bought another one because my new SUV's larger than my last, and that one wouldn't fit in my new trunk. My wife wouldn't let me take the larger one out of her car so another purchase was required, Wouldn't be without one!" —N. Beattie

    Get it on Amazon for $13.85.

    16. A stretched mesh organizer you can use as a seat divider to store anything you want to keep in easy reach — or just to keep your pup from staging an invasion of the driver's seat.

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    Promising review: "I needed something to deter my strong willed three-year-old from climbing to the front of the minivan while I unbuckle her little sister. This seemed like the perfect solution as it allows for storage as well. I use it to store a box of tissues (now it doesn't get squished or lost under the seat), and its easy to remove tissues through the holes as well. I love this thing!" —mommyof4

    Get it on Amazon for $7.99.

    17. An entertainment center/organizer with an iPad slot — every trip you take from here on out, whether it's 10 minutes to the grocery store or five hours to grandma's house, will be wayyy less messy and loud.

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    And your car will look at least a little less like daycare-on-the-go.

    Promising review: "Two big sippy cups fit in the drink holders, and they won't sweat all over the floor due to the neoprene insulation. The whole thing is nice and stiff, not saggy like some all fabric ones I've seen; there's a big plastic back piece, so I expect it'll stay that way for a long time. Lots of pockets for markers, pens, activity books, etc. We don't have car tablets, but the clear pocket is nice for other stuff, too. My toddler tells me about the moose every time she gets in the car now!" —M. T. Jaegerman

    Get it on Amazon for $21.99.

    18. A small wet/dry vacuum with attachments galore so you can suck up all the trampled Goldfish crackers, tracked-in dirt, and even even small liquid spills without batting an eye.

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    If you *are* vacuuming up liquids, don't worry: it has an auto-shutoff to prevent overflow of it's 2.5 gallon tank. It's small enough to carry around, but large enough to actually get. the. job. done.

    Promising review: "AWESOME! I bought this little guy to vacuum my car which is FULL of PET HAIR. My dog travels in the car every day to/from work with me, so there is so much dirt and fur everywhere (even though I use a seat cover). Using all the tools/attachments and a decent amount of elbow grease, I was able to remove about 85-90% of the pet hair from the cloth seats. I could still vacuum some more to keep removing, but my arm got sore :). The small attachment brush for the radio and console area works great without scratching anything. I'm very pleased with this purchase and would recommend!" —Jamie

    Get it on Amazon for $38.99.

    19. Or a mini-vacuum that plugs directly into your car's outlet, making it easy to quickly clean up small messes on-the-go.

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    It comes in a handy storage case that holds its hose, upholstery, and crevice attachments, plus it's extra filter and filter cleaning brush.

    Promising review: "The vacuum can get pretty loud, but that’s because there’s a lot of power going through it. It picks up dirt well and with the long cord, you can get around your car with no problem. Now when my kids spills something I just plug the unit into my cigarette lighter outlet and immediately vacuum up the mess instead of letting it sit and get smashed into the carpeting." —Angela

    Get it from Amazon for $30.87.

    20. A microfiber detail duster that's compact enough to fit right in your glovebox, making it extra easy to brush away any bits of dust the moment you notice them clinging to the dash.

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    It'll also be perfect for getting down in your cupholders and door pockets — there's nowhere dust can hide! Just remember you shouldn't ~dust and drive~.

    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." —YmR

    Get it on Amazon for $12.99.

    21. A bumper-sticker remover — it attaches to your drill so you can quickly and easily remove even ancient decals from your bumper, trunk, and windshield.

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    Promising review: "Bought a used car to get back and forth to work. Only problem being the back was covered in bumper stickers. Eleven to be exact. I don't like bumper stickers. At all. This removed all of them in 25-30 minutes total no problem. Still has probably half the wheel left so I stuck it in my garage toolbox in case I need to eradicate any bummer stickers in the future." —PrestidgeSouthside

    Get one on Amazon for $17.97.

    22. A replacement air filter because 1) your current one might be the culprit in your "why does my car always smell a little funky" caper and 2) a maintenance place or dealer might charge you $30+ to replace it, when you can do it yourself for around $10.

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    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!!" —Vanessa C.

    Get it on Amazon for $8.87 — but make sure to fill out the vehicle info drop downs at the top of the page, so you know it's compatible with the car you have (if it's not, then Amazon will direct you to one that does!)

    23. A headlight restoration kit — you'll be truly amazed at the mega transformation you'll create with your own hands in just the space of an afternoon.

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    It comes with a polisher that attaches to your drill, for near-professional results.

    Promising review: "Jeez! My headlights haven’t looked this great since I bought my 2003 Toyota truck! The process was much easier than I anticipated since my lens had heavy oxidation. Everything you need is in the box except for water, a bucket, and some elbow grease. At first I thought the product was not going to work as I thought but then I applied the the Plast-X cleaner and polish — stunning results! Although they only last about a year, I feel an annual re-cleaning of the headlights is warranted and should be even easier if done regularly. I have enough left-over product to do at least one more cleaning (possibly two more)." —Gregory J. Owczarski

    Get the kit on Amazon for $24.47.

    24. A silicone brush to extract every last bit of pet hair that's slowly embedded itself in your upholstery and carpets over the years.

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    It's small, which means it can reach into every nook and cranny to coax out any hairs that have managed to settle in those less-than-convenient spots. It works a little differently from other hair/lint brushes though: instead of picking up the hair, it brushes it into a pile that's easy to either vacuum or just grab and toss.

    Promising review: "Great tool for hair removal. I use it in the car, it gets into crevices between seats and along edges where my Dalmatian’s hair accumulates. His hair tends to get interwoven in the upholstery and is virtually impossible to remove with vacuuming alone. This tool gets the hair off amazingly well." —Susan Sheffield

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

    25. A small trash can with two standout features: a strap to hook it in your cupholders, over your center console, or wherever you want to secure it; and a couple little "buttons" designed to actually hold a garbage bag in place.

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    You can buy small black trash bags for it, but regular plastic grocery bags work perfectly, too.

    Promising review: "I’m actually pretty impressed with this trash can. It looks really small but it can actually hold a lot. I wanted to test its limits and found that it can hold unlimited amounts of straw wrappers and receipts along with two grande cups from Starbucks, one large McDonald’s cup, one 10oz juice bottle, and a Wendy’s bag with empty cartons inside. I put an empty plastic shopping bag in it as a trash bag and it worked well." —KP

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99.

    26. A power scrubber that spins up to 60 times per second, which is the perfect speed for busting up all that caked-on road grime basically embedded in your rims.

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    Promising review: "Impressive speed, torque and durability for a small battery operated cleaning tool. Brush head seems durable and holds shape after extensive use. Despite my warnings, my daughter did not clean her aluminum alloy rims (painted, not coated) frequently enough and they yellowed. I could not get them clean with typical rim cleaning products like Meguiar's. I thought all was lost... until I made a poultice with Bar Keeper's Friend and water, applied it to the Reveal Power Scrubber brush head, and let it rip! It worked fabulously and removed all the yellowing from her rims. The ability of the brush head to get into the nooks and crannies between and behind the spokes was particularly helpful. I will never scrub rims using a sponge or rim brush tool again." —Fast Cat

    Get it on Amazon for $15.99.

    Psst, I own this and love it (and have reviewed it)! Although I've never used it on tires, I've seen what it can do to dirty grout, and let me just say: I'm sure this would be equally if not more satisfying to use on gross wheels.

    27. A bug remover because sometimes you can't help that you drove through a cloud of 'em, and lots of dead bugs = very bad for your paint.

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    Promising review: "This item was recommended by a stranger in the next RV lot at a campground hundreds of miles from home. This Good Samaritan brought his bottle over, sprayed down the front of my bus, and then just wiped half an inch of smashed bugs off it! Just like magic. He then smiled, shook my hand, and left. When we got within two days of home, we ordered this, and it was delivered the day after we arrived. Again, it worked just like magic." —Hikes in Rain

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    28. A caddy designed to fit snugly in your cupholder so it can expand to be more than just, well, just a cupholder: you'll always have exactly what you need right at hand.

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    Promising review: "This turned my Toyota Echo from a huge ongoing mess party into a streamlined system of organization! After installing, I can now say I do have a place for everything in my car. No more throwing my iPod somewhere random while its playing music, it goes right in the front compartment. No more trying to find place for all my writing utensils, they fit nicely in the cupholder part. Yes, I even have a place for a drink if I so want to!" —Tessa

    Get it on Amazon for $13.76.

    29. Or a bigger non-slip caddy because you basically never have anyone your passenger seat, and your tiny car could really use a little bit more storage space.

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    Promising review: "I have a FIAT, it's tiny, and everything needs to have a place and stay in it's place. This bin is perfect for the front seat, it's not too small or too large. Two cup holders, compartments for pens, cash, coins, and sunglasses. I even use one of the compartments as a tiny trash bin for crumpled receipts. It's a black matte finish, doesn't show smudges or prints. And the underside has deep channels that can be used to stash a cloth and plastic bags. There's a retractable handle in the center to let you move it around quickly. It's just a very practical and cleverly laid out organizer. I recommend." —Canopyfan2

    Get it from Walmart for $11.97.

    30. A ten-piece detailing kit with pretty much all the bells and whistles you need to spend some quality time shining up your beloved ride.

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    It includes a wash formula, spray wax, interior cleaner, odor-eliminating spray, scratch and swirl remover, tire shine, two microfiber towels for drying, and one foam applicator.

    Promising review: "This kit has everything you need to have a great looking car as long as you give it the time and effort. I have bought a few car cleaning kits and this one has by far the best chemicals and best variety. Everything you need for inside and out unless you have leather seats. Good value, 10/10 would recommend." —Garett

    Get it on Amazon for $27.52.

    31. And a "waterless" washing kit that's great to shine up your car's exterior in-between regular washes, and that some reviewers say can substitute for a wash entirely.

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    You get a spray bottle full plus one gallon of the wash and four microfiber towels. It removes dirt and leaves a shiny wax coating — the instructions specifically say it doesn't clean off mud, sand, or road salt (you should wash those off first), but one reviewer says you can, you just have to use more of the product and be very careful. (Other reviewers just use it as a finishing touch after their regular wash).

    Promising review: "I just got a new black car, and was amazed how dirty it looked soon after I went through a car wash. So I decided to find the laziest way to keep me sane from seeing all the dirt/dust! All I did was wipe the dirt off with one side of the cloth, then gently dry/polish with the other side. Some stubborn stain/dirt did take a while, but overall my car looked nice and shining within 15 minutes (keep in mind I have a compact hatch back) using only 1/6 of the bottle. There are some tar on my car, and this product can't get it off which is understandable. It's a really decent product and it makes "car washing" much easier and faster... for a lazy person like me!" —YoYo_PDX

    Get the kit on Amazon for $37.95.

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