You depend on your car to commute to work, get your kids to school, and make it through the day. This means your car has weathered a lot of wear and tear over the years, even if you take good care of it. Lucky for you, there are easy and inexpensive ways to make your car look brand new with items you already have in your home. Let’s take a closer look:
- Wiper blades: If your wiper blades are leaving dirty streaks across your windshield, all you need is a little rubbing alcohol. Soak a cloth in rubbing alcohol and wipe the blades until they’re clean. You don’t even need to remove them.
- Headlights: If your headlights have been looking dim and grimy for a while, don’t replace them just yet. Instead, grab some toothpaste with baking soda in it (make sure it’s a paste, not a gel) and rub it all over your headlights, then rinse. The beads of baking soda will cut through the grime, helping your headlights shine brighter and sparkle in the sunlight.
- Rims: Even though you just washed your car, your rims may still be a little dull and dirty. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a specialty product, or a lot of time scrubbing the dirt away. POPSUGAR recommends mixing a half cup of baking soda, one tablespoon of dish soap, and two cups of water to help you wipe down your rims with ease.
- Grille: Again, sometimes a car wash just doesn’t get everything. If you notice some bugs and dirt still stuck to your grille, take a dryer sheet and rub them away by hand. It’s soft enough that it won’t scratch the car’s finish, but tough enough to get rid of stuck-on bugs.
- Carpets: Messes, spills, dirt, mud, and other stains happen, and the carpets in your car take a beating. To help get out tough stains, Kids Activities Blog recommends using one-third of a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, filling the remaining two-thirds of the bottle with water, and adding five drops of lemon essential oil. Let the mixture sit on the carpet for a minute or two, scrub it with a brush, then use a rag to wipe it clean.
- Seats: Now it’s time to tackle stains on your seats. Buzzfeed has an easy recipe using white vinegar, club soda, dish soap and lemon juice. You’ll use the same method as you did with your carpets. Let the mixture soak in, scrub the area with a brush, and then wipe it clean with a rag.
- Cracks and crevices: You got the stains out of your seats, but you can’t quite get the crumbs and dirt out of the cracks. Use a handy-dandy toothbrush to get build-up out of the cracks so you can easily wipe it away. You also can use a flathead screwdriver covered with a cloth to get to the cracks in your console and dashboard. If you’re still finding debris in those hard-to-reach crevices, use a Q-Tip with water or rubbing alcohol to wipe them clean.
You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money making your car look like new. With a few everyday household products and a little elbow grease, your car will be sparkling, shining, and looking amazing.
www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Clean-Hubcaps-Baking-Soda-31873001 http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/61758/2-ingredient-carpet-stain-cure http://www.buzzfeed.com/gregoryperez/clean-a-dirty-car-with-this-nontoxic-diy-spray