29 Ways To Clean & Organize Your Car And Actually Keep It That Way
Whether you're kinda messy or a hard-core neat freak.
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1. Easily remove that gross bug splatter from your front grille with the magic of a used, damp dryer sheet.
2. Slough off the thin layer of clouded plastic dimming your brights with a headlight restoration kit.
3. Deep clean your cupholders by fitting a sock over a cup, spraying the sock with an all-purpose cleaner, and rubbing it around in the cupholder.
4. Then line your cupholders with silicone baking cups to catch all the future crumbs and stickiness — all you have to do to clean them is pull 'em out and rinse.
5. Keep a Swiffer duster in your glove compartment, so you can pick up the dust on your dash the moment you notice it.
6. Or stash some Flubber-like reusable detailing goop to pick up every bit of dust and dirt in all your dash's nooks and crannies.
7. Sort your manual, registration, maintenance history, and other papers into a document case — you'll always be able to find what you're looking for in a snap.
8. Stop picking up the spilled contents of your purse or shopping bags after you make a sharp turn — put everything on a pair of headrest hooks.
9. Spray your floor mats with your favorite laundry stain remover and throw them in the washer — they'll look almost new with very little effort on your part.
10. Or if your mats seem to be beyond repair, swap them out for a new set of no-slip rubber floor mats you can cut to a custom fit.
11. Seal those gaps between the seat and your console with a handy cover, so you never drop your phone (or snack, or literally anything) down there again.
12. Pick up all the pet hair embedded in your upholstery with a few spritzes of water and a squeegee.
13. And hang a waterproof backseat cover to keep your back seat clean, dry, and hair-free even after the muddiest hikes.
14. Clean all the stubborn crumbs and crud out of your seat's seams and door's crevices with a multi-functional detail brush.
15. Coax out even the most impossible, years-old, set-in upholstery stains with a powerful carpet cleaner.
17. Or opt for an all-purpose car ~super cleaner~ you can spritz over your leather, fabric upholstery, and carpets to make everything look as good as it did the day the car rolled off the lot.
18. Prevent those annoying streaks on your windshield by running a rubbing alcohol soaked paper towel down each of your wipers whenever they get a little dirty.
19. A plastic cereal container doubles as a sealed car trash can that empties easily and keeps smells at bay.
20. And on your next family road trip, give every row of seats their own spot to toss trash with mini Command Hooks and plastic grocery bags.
21. Tidy up your kiddo's backseat areas with a sturdy organizer that can hold an iPad, water bottles, coloring books, snacks, and naturally, plenty of (but not too many) toys.
22. Or turn a medium plastic caddy into a backseat entertainment center so the kids can keep themselves busy with minimal clutter.
23. And keep a couple of small caddies on hand to make fast-food dinners at least a tiny bit more organized and less messy.
24. Easily change songs and just generally know what's going on with your phone by mounting it on a near-universal phone holder that clips directly onto your horizontal AC vents.
25. Store your reusable bags in one bag with a carabiner on it, so you can hook it both on your car and on your shopping cart.
26. Then repurpose an empty cleaning wipes container to hold plastic bags just in case of wet swimsuits, muddy shoes, or other messes that reusable fabric bags won't contain so well.
27. Secure the random bottles and other small things that roll around in your sedan's trunk with an easy-to-install Velcro storage wall.
Or opt for a compact plastic bin with non-slip feet and two handles that make it easy to tote back and forth from your house to the garage.
28. If you like to keep a bunch of stuff in your trunk (or just want groceries that don't flop around the whole way home), try an expandable organizer with multiple compartments.
29. Feeling up to a Saturday project? Build a pop-up shelf to add serious square footage to your van or SUV's trunk.
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