Car Cleaning Hacks

Car Cleaning Hacks

Updated November 3, 2021 . AmFam Team

From taking the kids to practice to commuting to work, you rely on your car every day. Keep it clean and organized with these three steps!
Ever aimlessly search through your glove box for something you swear was just there? Or rummage through your cluttered trunk struggling to find what you need?

Whether it’s driving kids to practice, taking the dog to the vet or commuting to and from work, most of us spend a lot of time in our cars. So it comes as no surprise that keeping your vehicle organized and clean is no easy task.

Take these steps to help keep your car in tip-top shape, no matter what you throw at it from day-to-day.

Step One: Start With a Deep Clean

Before you can really organize your car, you’ll want to take everything out and start with an absolutely clean base. Start by throwing out the clutter you don’t need — think expired insurance papers, receipts, that broken window scraper. Next, really clean the car itself. That means vacuuming the mats and upholstery, wiping down the dash and scrubbing everything inside and out. With all the work it does, your car deserves to shine!

Step Two: Get Organized

So you’ve weeded out the clutter — great start! Now it’s time to get organized. Depending on what you use your car for, there are a ton of cool hacks out there to get you started! Here are just a few:

  • Find a folder that’ll fit in your glove box to store your important documents including proof of insurance, owner’s manual, emergency contact numbers, etc. You’ll never lose them again.
  • Invest in a hanging backseat organizer (Opens in a new tab) to keep things like magazines, toys and books together in one, neat spot. This is especially helpful if you have kids or frequent back-seat riders.
  • Designate a small container to collect your change. You can use a cup, empty medicine bottle — anything that fits nicely in your cup holder.
  • Keep a plastic bag in the front passenger seat to throw away any garbage that collects during your rides.
  • If your furry friend is a frequent rider, consider getting a backseat cover to keep the hair at bay. They're easy to wash, fold and store.
  • Try to use your trunk only for storage — think blankets, shovels, spare tire — not as a place to throw everyday items like toys, clothing or snacks.
  • Organize your essential first-aid supplies into a small bag or container and keep it in the pouch behind the front passenger seat. Out of the way yet easy to get to.
  • Keep a container of Lysol wipes handy. You never know when a spill could happen.

Step Three: Add it to Your Chore List

No matter what you do to promote organization, your car will likely continue to get dirty over time. But making clean-up a regular part of your to-do list can go a long way. Take five minutes once a week to empty your trash bag, clean up any messes and reorganize to make sure every time you get in the driver’s seat you’re happy with your ride.

Keeping your vehicle organized is easier than it sounds. These three simple steps will keep your vehicle moving down the road, clutter-free.

This article is for informational purposes only and includes information widely available through different sources.

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