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22 Useful Little Tips That'll Actually Keep Your Car Clean And Organized

For messy people ~and~ neat freaks.

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1. 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.

You could also put the sock on your hand, spray, and use your hand to get in the crevices — your call. From the Krazy Coupon Lady.
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You could also put the sock on your hand, spray, and use your hand to get in the crevices — your call. From the Krazy Coupon Lady.

2. Then put silicone baking cups in your cupholders to catch all the ~future crumbs~ — all you have to do to clean them is pull 'em out and rinse.

From One Good Thing by Jillee. Get a set of 12 colorful baking cups on Amazon for $7.99.
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From One Good Thing by Jillee.

Get a set of 12 colorful baking cups on Amazon for $7.99.

3. Keep a Swiffer duster in your glove compartment, so you can pick up the dust on your dash the moment you notice it.

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Maybe not the ~exact~ moment: Please don't dust and drive! But when you're safely parked again, just pull it out and give your dash a quick wipe down. From Four Front Doors.

Get a Swiffer Duster starter kit from Target for $4.49 or on Amazon Prime Pantry for $4.47. Or if you prefer something reusable, get a microfiber duster on Amazon for $9.99.

4. And while you have your glove compartment open, quickly sort your big pile of car papers into a mini expanding file — you'll always be able to find what you're looking for in a snap.

From Day in My Life.Get a pink one on Amazon for $4.62, or get one with five other color options from Target for $5.79.
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From Day in My Life.

Get a pink one on Amazon for $4.62, or get one with five other color options from Target for $5.79.

5. 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.

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Multiple reviewers mention that they like to have a spot to put their purse besides the passenger seat or the floor, especially when they have other people in the car, too.

Get a set of two on Amazon for $7.95 (available in black and beige).

6. 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.

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They're made from neoprene and filled with a foam that'll squish into the gaps for most cars, and will be pretty easy to clean. Get a set of two (one for the driver's side, one for the passenger's side) on Amazon for $19.99.

7. A few spritzes of water and a squeegee will pick up pet hair from your upholstery.

Then you can just vacuum up the bigger pieces. From CareaBearaSara. Get a similar squeegee from Target for $2.49.
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Then you can just vacuum up the bigger pieces. From CareaBearaSara. Get a similar squeegee from Target for $2.49.

8. And if you're a dog parent, a waterproof backseat cover will keep your upholstery clean and dry even after a long hike through streams and mud.

Get it on Amazon for $15.99.
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Get it on Amazon for $15.99.

9. Use a detail brush to get the stubborn crumbs and crud out of the seams between the seats.

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The handle helps with the interior door details, too. Get a set of two on Amazon for $5.49.

10. Make your mats look brand-new: Just spray 'em with your favorite laundry stain remover and throw them in the washer.

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Just let them air-dry after. From All Things Thrifty.

If you don't have a laundry stain remover already, get a bottle on Amazon (add-on only) for $3.57.

11. Then use a carpet cleaner to get the stains out of the rest of your upholstery fabric.

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Just spray, scrub a little with a toothbrush, and blot it up — no vacuuming or rinsing required.

Get a 32-ounce bottle on Amazon for $10.50.

12. Mix Woolite and water in a 1:10 ratio + put it in a spray bottle to clean all the dirty leather in your car, from the seats to the steering wheel.

Vacuum first, of course. Then spray, scrub with a soft-bristled brush (like an old toothbrush), and wipe with a microfiber towel. To mix a spray bottle–sized batch of the solution, try 2 tablespoons of Woolite to 1 1/4 cups of water (and double as needed). From I Sew, Do You?. Get a 50-load bottle of Woolite for $14.89, a three-pack of spray bottles for $6.39, and a 24-pack of microfiber towels for $11.99 (all at Amazon).
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Vacuum first, of course. Then spray, scrub with a soft-bristled brush (like an old toothbrush), and wipe with a microfiber towel. To mix a spray bottle–sized batch of the solution, try 2 tablespoons of Woolite to 1 1/4 cups of water (and double as needed). From I Sew, Do You?.

Get a 50-load bottle of Woolite for $14.89, a three-pack of spray bottles for $6.39, and a 24-pack of microfiber towels for $11.99 (all at Amazon).

13. ~Wipe down your wipers~ with a paper towel soaked in rubbing alcohol to avoid annoying streaks on the windshield.

14. Use a plastic cereal container as a sealed car trash can, so you can empty it easily and never have to deal with the smell.

And, depending on your make and model, it might fit neatly in your door. From Organizing With Carole. Get a set of two airtight cereal containers (so you really won't smell the trash) on Amazon for $19.99.
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And, depending on your make and model, it might fit neatly in your door. From Organizing With Carole.

Get a set of two airtight cereal containers (so you really won't smell the trash) on Amazon for $19.99.

15. Turn a plastic caddy into a backseat entertainment center so the kids can keep themselves busy.

Plus, if you have more than one car, you can quickly move everything back and forth. From Simply Kierste. Get a similar caddy on Amazon for $6.99.
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Plus, if you have more than one car, you can quickly move everything back and forth. From Simply Kierste.

Get a similar caddy on Amazon for $6.99.

16. And keep a couple of small caddies on hand to make fast-food dinners a little less messy.

From Lookie What I Did. Get a similar caddy on Amazon for $3.32.
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From Lookie What I Did. Get a similar caddy on Amazon for $3.32.

17. Make it easy to change songs and generally keep an eye on what's going on with your phone by using a simple near-universal phone holder.

It clips onto your horizontal air vents, and will hold almost any type or size of smartphone you can throw at it. Just. do. not. text. and. drive. Get it on Amazon for $14.99.
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It clips onto your horizontal air vents, and will hold almost any type or size of smartphone you can throw at it. Just. do. not. text. and. drive. Get it on Amazon for $14.99.

18. If you have a front-facing car seat in the backseat, get a set of kick mats to protect your leather or upholstery from dirty footprints.

Get a set of two on Amazon for $17.99.
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Get a set of two on Amazon for $17.99.

19. 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.

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What pressing problems ~don't~ carabiners solve? From Organizing Junkie and Organizing Made Fun.

Get a pack of 10 colorful carabiners on Amazon for $10.99.

20. 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.

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Or unexpected barf. Learn how to roll the bags so you can endlessly pull them out via Tater Tots and Jello. (I'd just kinda stuff them in there, though.)

21. Secure the random bottles and other small things that roll around in your sedan's trunk with an easy-to-install Velcro storage wall.

According to reviewers, you have to install it with the logo facing in, not out, but it works well otherwise — if you have a sedan. Get it from Amazon for $23.98.
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According to reviewers, you have to install it with the logo facing in, not out, but it works well otherwise — if you have a sedan. Get it from Amazon for $23.98.

22. Or if you like to keep a bunch of stuff in your trunk (or just want organized groceries), try an expandable organizer with multiple compartments.

Get it on Amazon for $41.87.
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Get it on Amazon for $41.87.

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