Cooktop Cove: 10+ brilliant car hacks you want to know to save yourself money
No matter how hard you try to keep it clean, your car is bound to get dirty. Whether it's stains, crumbs or an accumulation of dust and pollen when the seasons change, a dirty car is inevitable.
Lots of car-cleaning products exist, but the problem is they're filled with a lot of nasty chemicals. If you're looking to give your car a good spring cleaning — and do it naturally — this is the ultimate list. The best part is you already have most of this stuff at your home.
Natural carpet cleaner (h/t The Balance)
Get rid of dark, dirty and muddy stains on upholstery and mats with this all-natural solution, as shown in video below.
Clean gunk from dirty car seat
If you hate stains on your car seat, before you spend money on an expensive detailer try the trick below. A simple homemade spray and baby wipes can work miracles.
Best way to clean dusty air vents and other dusty surfaces
Get into the vents and all around the knobs with this nifty trick. The video below shows how a foam brush is the most effective tool for this job.
Foggy car lights
Hate how your headlights fog up in the winter? The clever hack demonstrated in the video below will solve your woes.
Learn how to eliminate foggy windows with help from rice and an old sock. The video below effectively shows how to eliminate moisture in the car.
All-natural car freshener (h/t Jen & Joey)
Kick those toxic car fresheners to the curb. The DIY solution shown in the video below is not only easy to make but also will make the car smell great. All you have to do is place it in a cup holder or on the floor in a secure spot.
The hack shown in this video involves newspaper and may sound crazy. If you choose to use this technique, however, the windows will be streak-free.
This technique better than any vacuuming your seats have had. Check out the video below that shows how water and a squeegee can work wonders.
Polish dull leather (h/t Mommy Footprint)
Don't use toxic sprays or wipes to clean leather anymore. The trick below is effective for all leather parts of the car and uses only natural ingredients.
Dirty trunk or carpet?
The borax-based solution shown in the video below cleans carpets in your car. It takes only a few ingredients.
Put a sock on windshield wipers
This hack may seem bizarre, but if you want to survive the cold winter, you'll need it. The video shows how easy it is to protect windshield wipers.
Streakless windshield wipers
View the video below to learn how to make your own window washing solution. It requires only three ingredients.
Is the inside or outside of your car dirty?
Try this nifty DIY car wipe solution featured in the video below. The homemade wipes make cleanup a breeze.
Clean nasty bug splatters and a dirty windshield
Forget buying expensive cleaners. The following DIY should do the trick and requires only one ingredient.
Parking spot too small? Prevent your car door from scraping against the wall
Open your door without worrying about damaging your car. The video below shows how to create a padded surface in just a few minutes.
Shiny chrome wheels
Mix equal parts water and vinegar and put it in a spray bottle. Spray all over the chrome, and wipe it down with a rag for super-shiny wheels.
All-natural wheel cleaner
Mix baking soda and water into a paste, rub it all over the wheels with a brush, and rinse it off. The wheels will look like they've just rolled out of the auto shop.
Organic car wash
Don't pay for a car wash that covers your car in chemicals. Use all-natural liquid Castile soap — made from plant oils — and mix it with water. Lather up the car, wash and rinse, and you're ready to hit the road in a totally clean car.
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