If you want to keep your car looking shiny and brand new, just give it a good bath or take it through an automated car wash. It will take 30 minutes tops for a simple clean.
But what about the interior? That’s an entirely different story. Cleaning out the inside of your car is a laborious task that most people absolutely hate.
What if there was a secret way to ensure that you rarely have to clean the interior of your car again? Well, here it is: Don’t let it get dirty in the first place!
Commit the following 5 car hacks to memory in order to keep the inside of your car clean at all times.
Use Baking Cups in Your Cupholders
Getting crumbs and dirt out of your cupholders can be such a pain. Maybe you’ve tried using a vacuum cleaner only to find out that it doesn’t work along the edges. With each drink you place in the cupholder, the crumbs get further embedded into the bottom making it harder and harder to clean.
All you have to do is place baking cups—preferably made out of silicone—in each cupholder that will catch the crumbs and dirt that fall inside. Empty the baking cups at least once a week for easy cleanup, and you’re good to go.
Use an Empty Tissue Box to Store Garbage Bags
As you venture off on your next road trip, stopping to buy snacks at the rest area vending machines or convenience stores is inevitable. But you’ll need a place to dispose of your trash.
Just take an empty tissue box and fill it with grocery bags. Store the box under your seat or in the trunk for easy access to trash bags. These bags can also be used to store wet clothes or diapers in case you have a little one.
Take Advantage of Your Glove Compartment
Most of the time, the glove compartment serves the same function as your kitchen’s junk drawer. If you don’t know where something belongs, just shove it in there. Getting more use out of your glove compartment can make staying organized much easier.
Purchase a small expandable folder to store manuals and important papers, such as your registration and other licenses. If it’s small enough, there may still be room for actual gloves.
Make Your Own Car Scent
One of the easiest ways to make sure your car stays clean is to have it smell clean. Car fresheners can be expensive and they don’t last very long. So, why not make your own car scent?
Just mix 2 cups of baking soda with 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil into a shaker bottle and let it sit for 24 hours. Sprinkle the mix on your carpets, let it sit for 30 minutes and vacuum it up. Instant car freshener!
Use a Carabiner as a Hook
If you are one of those people that live out of their car, staying organized is going to be key. Toiletry bag, change of clothes, and a plethora of shoes will quickly pile up over time. Try to stay organized by using carabiners as hooks to hang your items on.
Just hook the carabiner to the back of your headrest or the holder above your door and store all your “on-the-go” items in bags. This will keep the floor of your car free of clutter and you will be able to find the things you need more easily.
Life hacks can save a tremendous amount of time and money. If you spend just as much time in your car than you do anywhere else, car hacks will be a lifesaver for sure.