Car care doesn’t have to be expensive. Did you know that you can use everyday items around your house to clean your car? Now you can save time and money when washing or detailing your ride.
Before you start, run a test spot when trying a new product. Remember, it’s best to take precautions to avoid making a costly mistake. Older and luxury cars usually have delicate surfaces, so be careful.
You can use toothpaste to restore headlights and remove paint scratches.
To restore headlights, apply the toothpaste to a microfiber cloth and wipe in a circular motion. When you’re done, consider applying a coat of wax to the headlights to prevent UV damage. It is best to use the most aggressive toothpaste for this task.
Remove paint scratches? Use a mildly or moderately abrasive toothpaste. Apply the paste again to a microfiber cloth and gently wipe the area in circular motions. Over time, you should find the scratch going away.
2. Baby wash
Baby wash is milder than dish soap, making it a gentle car wash solution. Also, it doesn’t remove anything that protects your car’s paintwork.
First, mix one ounce of baby detergent per gallon of water. You can also use pet shampoo if you don’t have baby detergent on hand.
3. Pumice stone
Let’s talk about cleaning tricks for your interior. You can use a pumice stone to remove pet hair from carpets, floor mats, and upholstery.
First, remove as much animal fur by vacuuming. Next, sweep the pumice stone in one direction and then in the opposite direction to loosen the remaining hair. Now you can vacuum off the excess without any problems.
4. Ice cubes
You probably have ice cubes in your freezer right now. They are an inexpensive way to remove chewing gum from the interior of your vehicle. If you freeze the gum, you can remove it in large chunks.
If any pieces remain, you can vacuum them up or scrub them with a toothbrush or small brush. As simple as that.
5. Hair dryer
Use a hair dryer to remove stubborn stickers from your vehicle’s glass or paintwork. Heating the sticker before removing it will make the job easier.
Since heat softens the adhesive, you should be able to remove the sticker in large chunks. And if glue residue remains, apply some isopropyl alcohol to the paint or glass with a cotton ball.
6. Massage gun
Did you know that a massage gun is a perfect sand removal solution? The high speed of the massage gun flings sand onto the carpet surface, Kelley explains to Blue Book. Then you can easily vacuum it up.
However, be sure to vacuum up excess sand before using the massage gun. This way less sand is scattered to other areas of the car.
7. Wet/dry vacuum cleaner
If you have a shop vacuum, you can use it as a hot water vacuum to clean your car’s upholstery and carpets, advises KBB.
Fill a bucket with hot water and dip a nylon-bristle brush into it. From there, scrub the upholstery with a wet brush to clean the material. You can also rinse it with white vinegar or dish soap before using the vacuum to pick up water and dirt.
You can use cheesecloth to remove baked-on bugs from the outside of your vehicle. The cloth will hold them in place and prevent them from smearing over your paint.
First pre-treat the beetles with a soapy solution; then remove them with the cheesecloth. It is best to use straight movements and light pressure. Repeat the process as many times as necessary.
What is the best way to clean your car?
Several DIY hacks can best clean your car. You can use cheesecloth, microfiber towels, and even baby detergent for the outside. For the inside, try the pumice stone or ice cube trick. Everyday household items are practical and cost-effective alternatives to expensive car cleaners and accessories.
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