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Top Car Cleaning Tips For Inside And Out

Cleaning Your Car

We already know how to clean our cars but getting it to look like it has just came out of the showroom is a different story.

Deep cleaning your car is a different story entirely and although it can take a lot more time to do it does prove to be worth it in the end.

A shiny dashboard(Console), sparkling windows, spotless seats, and a gleaming exterior all make your car look newer than it actually is and if you are planning to sell it on or to use it for a wedding or just want it to look good then the tips below will make even the oldest cars look brand new.

Car Cleaning Made Easy

A sock makes a perfect hand mitt for buffing the wax on your car.

A sock makes a perfect hand mitt for buffing the wax on your car.

Car cleaning Tips

  1. A big old soft sock makes a perfect hand mitt for buffing the wax on your car.
  2. When your windshield starts blurring when you turn the wipers on, dampen a cloth or rag with some full-strength white vinegar and run it down the full length of each blade once or twice.
  3. To help restore a license plate that is beginning to rust, spray it with WD-40 and wipe with a clean rag. This will remove light surface rust and will also help prevent more rust from forming.
  4. Battery Cleaner(Removes built-up acid)Baking soda and Water Sprinkle baking soda onto battery terminals. Spritz with water to dampen. Let set for about one hour. Sponge off with water. Air dry.
  5. Engine De-greaser: ¼ cup washing soda and 1 gallon warm water pour on engine areas that need de-greasing. Rinse thoroughly. Excess should not be stored -- discard all leftovers.

Cleaning Your Car's Dashboard

For detail cleaning on the dashboard, the best thing to use is a soft paintbrush or a toothbrush to ensure that you get into all of the grooves.

For detail cleaning on the dashboard, the best thing to use is a soft paintbrush or a toothbrush to ensure that you get into all of the grooves.

Cleaning The Inside of Your Car

  1. Vacuum in hard to reach places if you get yourself a length of hose pipe. Your hose pipe is probably long enough that you can spare 20", all you need to do is place one end of the hose between thumb and fore-finger and cup your hand over the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner. This narrow extension not only enables you to get into those hard to reach areas down the side of the centre console, but it actually has more suck.
  2. Use baby wipes and a little baby oil on plastic or wooden car dashboards, the wipes deep clean the console and the baby oil gives it a good shine making it look like new. The wipes also leave an anti-static layer.
  3. Freshen up - To rid of stale odors from the ventilation ducts, try spraying odor eliminator into the system's air intake, which is usually located at the base of the windshield. Then run the air conditioner full blast for at least 10 minutes.
  4. If you have ink stains on the leather, you can remove it with cuticle remover -- not nail polish remover! Just put some on the stain and let it set in anywhere from 10 minutes to overnight and then wipe it off.
  5. For detail cleaning on the dashboard, the best thing to use is a soft paintbrush or a toothbrush to ensure that you get into all of the grooves.

How To Get That New Car Smell

Everyone loves the smell of a brand new car, wouldn't it be fantastic if you could re create it when you were cleaning your car?

It is actually a lot easier to get that new car smell than most people think all you have to do is add a few drops of vanilla essence into water and spray it in a fine mist over the seats, roof and floor of your car, spray some into your air vents too and the smell will last that little bit longer.


Kelsey Elise Farrell from Orange County, CA on May 06, 2015:

nice hub, I was interested to read about the cuticle remover, I have white leather, I'll have to try it.

pro detailer on June 19, 2014:

Use a pumice stone and vac to rid dog hair

Paige on May 16, 2012:

To remove dog hair mix fabric softener with water. Usually 10 parts water to 1 part fabric softener. Spray where dog hair is (this gets rid of the static) Then take a yellow glove ( the ones usually used for cleaning) and rub in circles to loosen, then vacuum.

Truthinaging on January 31, 2012:

do you have any advice for the best way to get dog hair out of your car? vacuuming never gets it all!

SANCHIT AGRAWAL on December 29, 2011:


Jill on November 13, 2011:

Any response to dealing with the tar would really be appreciated.

candice on September 19, 2010:

to get rid of bugs on the front of your car you can take some panty hoes and soak it in 7 up and wipe it should wipe the bugs right off. Don't scrub too hard though!

Noel on June 02, 2010:

Drove through puddle of tar on road any tips on how to get it off

Clean Brisbane on April 21, 2010:

Great tips, the insides of cars can be tricky to keep clean as many of the gaps are too small to clean easily just with a cloth or vacuum cleaner.

Shari from New York, NY on April 01, 2010:

of course my favorite tip here is the vinegar on the blades. . but I also like to make sure that I always have plastic bags in the car. .they are good for all the garbage that seems to accumulate on trips. . I keep them neatly stowed in an old bounty tube. .the plastic bags stuff well into the tube (i decorate it with contact paper. .it makes it pretty while at the same time makes the cardboard tube stronger)

Great Hub as usual james!

tim on January 24, 2009:

to get dog hair off of mats in the car,use an old works fine

Ellen on April 19, 2008:

I need tips on how to remove smoke stains on the ceiling of my car without loosening the fabric.


Jimmy the jock (author) from Scotland on March 23, 2007:

try a little vinegar with water let it soak for about 5 mins then wipe off

Richard on March 22, 2007:

How do you clean off scuff marks on the interior side of doors and door sills made by poeple's shoes when they get in or out of the car???

Jimmy the jock (author) from Scotland on February 11, 2007:

thanks for the tip andrew...jimmy

andrew on February 11, 2007:

newspaper and vinegar works even better

Jimmy the jock (author) from Scotland on November 24, 2006:

thanks torre i will try that one too.....jimmy

Torre on November 24, 2006:

What about using newspaper and Windex to clean the glass? I thought that was pretty interesting when I read about it, and to find that it actually works was amazing.

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