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Why Oil Is the Best Dashboard Polish
A little oil from the kitchen will make your dashboard look as new as the day you drove it off the lot. Allstate Car Insurance and Elite Auto Repair suggest using olive oil but really any kind of oil will do, whether it’s olive, vegetable or coconut oil. Petroleum jelly is a favorite amongst car enthusiasts, according to the Polymer Science Learning Center.
Add these hacks to your to-do list and you’ll be done in no time!
Baking Soda for Carpets and Odor Removal
Create your very own baking soda solution by sprinkling the dry powder on car carpets, then vacuum the surfaces to remove the bad smells. You can also use a combination of white vinegar and baking soda to create a paste to apply to stained areas of upholstery. This home-based mixture produces powerful results.
Baking soda can also be safely used on your wheel trims. Mix toothpaste with baking soda, and use a toothbrush to get the paste into the crevices where grease, oil, and grit accumulate. Leave the product to soak for a while on the toughest areas of dirt.
Whats the Best Cleaner for a Car Dashboard?
Typically, the best cleaner for a car dashboard is a simple oil soap and water solution. You can use Castile soap, which is an amazing oil soap with many uses. This type of soap is tough enough to provide a thorough cleaning but gentle enough for materials like leather. If you have a plastic, vinyl, or rubber dashboard, you can also make a solution with vinegar, detergent, water, and oil-based soap to get at really stubborn stains.
For car owners who would rather use a commercial product than make their own cleaner, there are tons of options out there. Car Guys and Chemical Guys both make great cleaners for your car. Car Guys makes a multi-purpose cleaner that’s perfect for all interior surfaces and doesn’t use harsh chemicals that will stink up your vehicle. Chemical Guys has a total interior cleaner and protectant that you can even use on the windows and touch screen.
If you’ve got leather surfaces throughout the cabin, consider a leather-specific cleaner that will protect the material from sun damage and restore its shine. Nextzett offers a Blitz all-purpose cleaner that can be used with cold water and won’t leave any residue behind.
Is there anything worse than tore up bugs in your car’s grille? I didn’t think so. Unfortunately, bug-guts are just one of those things that manage to stick around even after you’ve gone through the car wash a time or two. If you’re having problems with bug-guts and don’t have the time, energy, patience, or stomach to clean them off of your grille gate, then this is the trick for you.
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Instead of getting on your hands and knees, grab a dryer sheet from your laundry room. The antistatic that is present in dryer sheets will help lift the grime from your grilles with little-to-no-effort on your behalf. Simply take your wet dryer sheet, swipe at your grille, and go! As an added bonus, you can take your wet dryer sheets and clean your actual grill with just as much ease as your car.
Vinegar for Windows and Upholstery
White vinegar may seem surprising as a car cleaning agent, but this kitchen item can deliver some impressive results. You can use it as a deodorizer for the interiors and clean the windows. To remove foul odors from upholstery, create a mild solution with vinegar and water, apply it to a sponge, and brush it over the areas that need cleaning. You can also remove frost on your windshield by applying a stronger mixture of one part vinegar to one part water.
Not just for that morning cup o’ Joe anymore, coffee filters rank among the clever (and whoodathunk’s) of DIY car cleaning hacks.
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Because they have tiny holes in them (to filter things out, of course), coffee filters work well for cleaning out vents and catching tiny dust particles in your car. Take your filters and give all of your filters, dashboard, and the nooks and crannies a good wipe down, collecting the dust that’s collected. When you’ve finished, dip the filters into water that’s been mixed with a little apple cider vinegar to gently ease stains out of your car’s seats, floor, or even to give a gentle wipe down to your tinted windows.