How to Clean and Maintain Car’s Interior

Many people allow the inside of their cars to get far too dirty. If they lived in the same conditions in their home, they might see why it is important to clean the interior. As we spend so much time in our car, taking care of it is as important as regular maintenance. Whether it’s dust and dirt getting inside your Air Conditioning system, or mounds of clutter causing stress and confusion, a messy interior can negatively impact your personal well-being. Cleaning the interior of a car removes harmful bacteria that can accumulate on steering wheels, upholstery and dashboards. You can easily keep the interior of their car clean for years to come using a few simple cleaning tricks.

Clear Trash

Eating food inside the car is one of the quickest ways to create litter. The plastic bags, tea cups, tissues, grease, and crumbs create an unpleasant and unhealthy mess. Stop potential messes by keeping a small trash bag in the vehicle at all times. Simply empty it whenever you stop somewhere.

Clean Floor Mats

Pull the floor mats out of the car and shake them out as much as possible. This will make vacuuming easier. Scrub the floor mats with soap and hot water or a carpet cleaning solution and allow them to air dry completely before reinstalling them.

Vacuum Interior

Vacuum both front & back seats, car’s floor, and, if necessary, the trunk. Vacuum every area of the car where you can get the nozzle, including under the pedals and along with the window panels. Leaving the doors open while you vacuum the interior, it will provide convenient access to every part of the vehicle’s interior.

Wipe Away Grime

In a spray bottle mix two cups of water, one cup vinegar and a tablespoon of dish soap. Spray on the stains, stick stuff & dust and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then wipe clean with a wet soft cloth. You can also spray this homemade solution over the console, steering wheel and the area between the seats to restore that new-car look.

Clean Cup Holders

Cup holders can harbor grime, spilled coffee, and dead hair and skin cells. Dampen a soft cloth with warm, soapy water and squeeze a little puddle into the cup holder. Let the water sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Wedge a dry cloth into the cup holder to soak up the water and wipe away the residue. If stickiness remains, soak the cup holder again. In some cars, the entire cup holder is removable for easier cleaning.

Wipe Windows

Spray a cleaner solution on windows and wipe clean with a paper towel or wet microfiber cloth, working from top to bottom in an up-and-down motion. You can also mix a cup of water, 02 tablespoons of vinegar, and one cup of rubbing alcohol for an effective homemade window cleaner.

Attack Stains

If there are stains on the seats or on the carpet of the car try this homemade spray. In a spray bottle mix 02 cups of water, one cup vinegar and about a tablespoon of dish soap. Spray on the sticky stains and let it sit for a few minutes. Then wipe clean with a soft wet cloth.

Also See: Important Exterior Car Care and Maintenance Tips

Freshen Up

Create a homemade car freshener by mixing a cup of baking soda and fiive drops of your favorite essential oil. Place the freshener in a sealable plastic bag or glass jar for one day. Then shake it up, sprinkle on the car’s floor and let it sit for fifteen to twenty minutes. When the time has passed, vacuum up the baking soda.