Is your cluttered boot driving you crazy? Are you sick of looking at dirt on your car seats and floor mat?
Cleaning your car can be draining and time-consuming, but we’ve got you covered with 11 quick cleaning and organizing hacks to tackle various areas in your car!
1. Clean Narrow Areas With Slime
Say goodbye to the crumbs and dirt in your cupholders with this simple 3-ingredient slime!
What You’ll Need:
- 4oz white glue
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1½ tablespoon contact lens solution
Mix the ingredients together and add more baking soda if the slime is still too sticky. Use the slime to collect dirt in the cupholder and even in crevices that are hard to reach! The slime can be reused again, so keep it in a container and store it in your car for easy access.
Alternatively, for easier cleaning in the future, line your cupholders with cupcake liners. This way, the cupcake liner will collect the dirt and you can dispose of them easily. You can also use them as a holder for small items like coins.
Tip: Silicone cupcake liners are a more eco-friendly option as they can be rinsed and reused!
2. Use Brushes To Remove Dust From Crevices & Vents
Repurpose an old paintbrush, foam brush or makeup brush to use as a mini duster for dusting in between aircon vents. Be sure to wash your old brushes before using them in the car.
3. Organize Centre Console With Cups
Find yourself digging to find things in your centre console? Tackle this by placing cups inside to organize your belongings! Store smaller items like lip balm, pens and hand sanitizer in these cups and you’ll have no trouble grabbing them!
4. Coffee Filter To Dust Dashboard
Wiping dashboards with a normal, dry cloth may cause dust to spread everywhere as some cloths do not pick dust. Coffee filters are made of lint-free material, so dust sticks to them very easily. You can also use these to dust larger surfaces in the car, like leather seats.
5. Use A Toothbrush To Scoop Out Dirt In Seats
With its fine bristles, you can use a toothbrush to scrape out dirt and grime lying deep in your car seats! Scoop them out and vacuum after. When cleaning car seats, start with the driver’s seat, then the passenger’s, followed by the backseats.
Tip: If you have pets, getting hair out of fabric seats and floor mats can be a hassle. Conquer this by spraying water and using a squeegee to gather the hairs!
6. DIY Seatbelt Cleaner Spray
Seatbelts are always getting in contact with hands. Sweat and dirt from hands can cause seatbelts to stain and even have a nasty odor, so it will be good to clean them monthly. Make your own seatbelt cleaner spray with only water and detergent.
What You’ll Need:
- Make the solution by mixing 2 parts water with 1 part detergent in a spray bottle.
- Pull seatbelt out to its maximum and use a clamp to hold it in place, or get someone to hold it out for you.
- Spray the solution onto the seatbelt, but be careful not to soak it.
- Use a brush or sponge to scrub dirt and grime out of seatbelt.
- Dry the seatbelt by patting with a microfibre cloth.
- Let it air dry for 24 hours before sliding the seatbelt back into place.
You can use this spray and repeat this process for seatbelt buckles as well.
7. Lint Roll Your Floor Mats
No time to deep clean your floor mats? No problem! Lint rollers are a versatile cleaning tool as they can be used on most surfaces for cleaning. Simply roll them onto your floor mats and other surfaces to pick up dirt and dust.
8. Keep A Small Dustbin In The Car
Instead of throwing your receipts or plastic wrappers in the cupholders, why not store a mini bin in the car? You can use an old cereal container and tape to mount it wherever is convenient to you.
Tip: When filling up your car’s tank, you can clear out the trash in your car at the petrol station while waiting.
9. Backseat Storage Basket
This tip is especially useful for parents who are constantly driving their kids around! You can use a toiletries basket and secure it in the middle seat with a seatbelt looped through its handle. Use it to store books, stationery, and snacks to keep them entertained throughout the ride. When you need to seat more people in the backseat, simply place the basket in the trunk for safekeeping.
10. Utilise Car Boot Organizers To Keep Items In Place
It’s no surprise that this large space can quickly become a chaotic mess. Organizing them in a storage box will ensure that they stay in place throughout, and will also tidy up the boot!
Here are some tips to get you started on organizing your trunk:
- Before organizing, remove everything and vacuum your boot.
- Smaller essentials like umbrellas, plastic bags and hand sanitizer should be elevated using a hanging organizer, hung behind the backseat. Leave the ground for larger items.
- Use collapsible bins or trolley carts for transporting temporary items like groceries. Fold when not in use for more space.
- For more structure, use plastic containers in bigger storage boxes so you can categorise your items.
- Divide your boot with a shelf divider, so that items can be placed on the top and bottom layer.
- Create a car cleaning kit with these must-haves:
11. DIY Clothespin Air Freshener
Need an air freshener for your car? Make your own in under one minute! All you have to do is pour a few drops of essential oil on a wooden clothespin, and clip it onto your air vent. Your car will soon be met with a fragrant smell!
These practical hacks can be done between rides or simply when you have free time in the car! Which hack helped you the most? Let us know in the comments!