12 Ingenious Car Cleaning Hacks That’ll Make Your Car Look Brand New

12 Ingenious Car Cleaning Hacks That'll Make Your Car Look Brand New

Cars are essentially our other home. While we strive to keep our homes clean, it can be difficult maintaining our car since we’re constantly on the move. A trip to the car cleaner’s will get the job done but will cost you a pretty penny. So what do you do when your car’s not looking quite up to par? You clean it yourself!

Check out these 12 ingenious car cleaning hacks that will not only save you a whole lot of money, they’re also amazingly easy!

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Use Coffee Filters to Dust Your Car

12 Ingenious Car Cleaning Hacks That'll Make Your Car Look Brand New

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Troublesome dust and dirt can really put a drab on your car’s interior. Instead of using overpriced lint-free cloths, opt for a coffee filter! They’re a super affordable alternative that’ll grab onto all dirt and grime.

Detail Your Car with a Toothbrush

12 Ingenious Car Cleaning Hacks That'll Make Your Car Look Brand New

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Not only are they great for cleaning the crevices between your teeth, toothbrushes are awesome for detailing your car! Gently scrub away dirt from small nooks. You can also use a toothbrush to clean in between car seats and other hard to reach places.

Clean Small Spaces with a Q-Tip

12 Ingenious Car Cleaning Hacks That'll Make Your Car Look Brand New

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A Q-tip is another indispensable tool you can use to clean small spots. Q-tips are great for cup holders and even ac vents. They’re great because almost everybody has them in their home.

Protect Your Car’s Interior with Vaseline

12 Ingenious Car Cleaning Hacks That'll Make Your Car Look Brand New

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Vaseline is great for skin, but it also does wonders for leather interiors. After a thorough cleaning, dip a clean rag in a bit of vaseline to condition your car’s dash and leather seats. The vaseline will protect the interior and give it a nice sheen.

Clean Car Vents with a Foam Craft Brush

12 Ingenious Car Cleaning Hacks That'll Make Your Car Look Brand New

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Foam craft brushes are the perfect size and flexibility to clean a car’s ac vents. They’re gentle on your car, so you won’t have to worry about leaving any scratches.

Use Windex, a Sock, and a Cup to Clean Cup Holders Effortlessly

12 Ingenious Car Cleaning Hacks That'll Make Your Car Look Brand New

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The worst part about cleaning a car is by far the tricky cup holders. They’re a disgusting magnet for dirt and crumbs. A really great cleaning hack is to cover the bottom of a cup with an old sock and spray Windex on it to twist the dirt away. The porous sock does an excellent job picking up all those crumbs as well.

Ease the Clean by Lining Your Cup Holders with Cupcake Molds

12 Ingenious Car Cleaning Hacks That'll Make Your Car Look Brand New

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To prevent elongating future cleaning sessions, try lining your car cupholders with cupcake molds. They’ll catch all the dirt and crumbs and you can easily remove them to clean.

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Use Baking Soda Toothpaste to Clean Your Car’s Headlights

12 Ingenious Car Cleaning Hacks That'll Make Your Car Look Brand New

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Never spent money on expensive car cleaners again. A tube of baking soda toothpaste does the trick just as well. Rub the paste into your car’s headlights and rinse with water to wash away all traces of grime!

Squeegee and Water Fool Proof Pet Hair Removal

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A vacuum can only do so much in removing pet hair. A simple way to rid your car of hair is with a squeegee. But for the squeegee to be fully effective, spray a bit of water over your car’s seats. This will help the squeegee work its magic.

Use Silly Putty to Clean Your Car’s Buttons

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Silly putty has an uncanny knack to get incredibly dirty as they easily stick to every crumb and speck of dirt. Use this fact to your advantage next time you’re cleaning your car. Use it on any surface to remove dirt easily.

Use Lanolin Hair Conditioner to Give Your Car an Inexpensive Wax

12 Ingenious Car Cleaning Hacks That'll Make Your Car Look Brand New

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Conditioner containing lanolin is a type of wax that works great on cars. Place a small amount on a cleaning cloth and wipe in wax in a circular motion for an inexpensive wax.

Clothespin Air Freshener Hack to Breathe Life into Your Clean Car

12 Ingenious Car Cleaning Hacks That'll Make Your Car Look Brand New

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Now that you’ve cleaned your car, keep it smelling fresh by applying a few drops of your favorite essential oil onto a clothespin. Stick the clothespin onto your car’s ac vents to blow a steady stream of scent throughout the car. I highly recommend calming lavender for trafficky long drives.


As you can tell, it doesn’t take much money or effort to give your car a deep clean. Most household items can be repurposed into amazing cleaners.

As always if you have any questions regarding these hacks, feel free to leave me a comment below. I’d love to help you get your car spiffed up and looking like new!

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