Are you afraid to look into the back seat of your car? Do you hear strange sounds or movements coming from under the pile of garbage, toys and discarded gym clothes? Yep, it’s time to take the shovel out of the garage and clean out your car.
Cleaning your vehicle’s interior doesn’t have to take all day. By focusing on a few general areas, your kids won’t be scared to hop into the back seat and you won’t be embarrassed to car pool. Here are a few tips that will have your car’s interior ready for the summer.
- First things first – get rid of all the garbage. Trash all the wrappers, papers and discarded Cheerios from the front and back (don’t forget to check under the seats for hidden litter) and hang a new air freshener from the mirror to eliminate musky odors.
- Get rid of all the items that have been piling up that you don’t need in the vehicle. This includes toys, music, DVDs and books. Bring them back into the house or organize them into a side compartment or seat back pocket. By removing non-essential items, it lightens the car and thus improves fuel economy.
- Give the car’s interior a good scrub down. Vacuum in between the seat crevices, as well as underneath the seats. When washing any surfaces, make sure you’re using a dedicated car-wash product and soft sponge.
- Don’t forget the windows. You’ll be surprised how much clearer you’ll be able to see the road! Use a window cleaning product like Windex and a good microfiber cloth. To avoid pesky streaks, be sure to use enough cleaner and change the surface of your towel to avoid spreading dirt. Bonus tip: Spray the cleaner on the window, not the towel. When you spray on the towel, you don’t get enough window cleaner on the glass and it causes streaks.