car cleaning tips using household items

Tips to detail & clean your car like a pro

Every time I enter the garage, I realize that it’s about time I thoroughly cleaned my car. This is one task that has been ignored for so long. I blame the winters, I blame lack of time; truth is that I don’t feel like spending money on cleaning agents and accessories for car cleaning. I was sure that there are ways to clean up my car using inexpensive household items, so I did a bit of research on cheap car cleaning tips and tricks.

Cleaning the exteriors

  • Hair Conditioner: Avoid using harsh dish cleaning detergents or liquids on the car body. Instead, wash your car with a hair conditioner which works like car wax. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe clean the surfaces to get maximum shine.
  • Glass cleaner: Spray window cleaner like Colin on the headlights and rub clean with a netted garment; I have used pantyhose and it works well. Then wash the surface with hair conditioner to make them shine like new.
  • Ammonia: You can also use a 1:4 Ammonia-water mixture to clean wiper blades, window glasses and windshield. Remember, ammonia is really toxic and should be kept out of the reach of children
  • Vodka Magic: Fill the windshield washer liquid tank with a mixture of 3 cups vodka, 4 cups water and 2 teaspoon liquid soap. This works as a homemade washing fluid and keep your glass clean each time you use your wipers.
  • Cola: Use Cola or Soda to rid of those easily. Simply pour the liquid on the glass (do not let it get inside the hood), the fizz will clean away all patches. Once done wash off the surface with water.
  • Sanitary pads: Instead of using expensive sponges and towels, use a sanitary pad to clean the windshield. Use the sticky side on the glass, the gel in the pad works as a cleaning liquid.
  • No Wax car shine: Once you are done washing your car, mix a little amount of kerosene with water, wet a sponge with this solution and clean the car body with it. You will be amazed to see that it works just like car wax or surface shiner.

Cleaning the interiors

  • Toothpaste: You can use toothpaste to get rid of mild stains on leather or vinyl surfaces. Remember to test it on a small patch before you use it on the entire stain.
  • Baking Soda: Baking soda can work miracles. It is an amazing deodorizer which can be used to remove foul odor from the inside of your car. Simply sprinkle a little on seats, and/or floor mats. Allow it to stay for a few hours or overnight, and then clean it using a vacuum cleaner.
  • Clean Fabric Stains: You can use vinegar to remove fabric stains. Mix equal portions of vinegar with water and spray on the stain. Let it soak for a few minutes, and then blot with a wet cloth.

Here is an interesting infographic created by that compiles DIY car cleaning tricks using baking soda

DIY car cleaning with baking soda infographic by
DIY car cleaning with baking soda infographic by

Final Word

With these car washing tips at your disposal, there’s no need to spend a lot of money on car cleaning products. A word of caution: Avoid washing your car in direct heat as it leaves water spots on the surface. Also avoid air drying, wipe all the surfaces with a cloth before it dries out.

Hope these tips are useful. Don’t forget to Share your feedback in the comment section. In case you know some more car cleaning tricks we would love to hear them. You can also check out Broomberg’s doorstep car cleaning service.

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  4. Thanks for sharing information about cleaning the vehicles. You have shared very detailed ideas for cleaning the car which we can be easily apply on our daily life.
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  6. Using a clay bar after washing will remove most of the left-over contaminants and prep the clear-coat for a paint sealant and/or wax. It should always be done before polishing.

  7. I did not realize that one could use hair conditioner to wash a car. I like what was said about using a microfiber cloth to wipe clean surfaces for maximum shine. My dad says that it is good to wash your car at least once a week and dry it properly to avoid future rust problems.

  8. Great to hear waxing provides protection even to small collisions! I am even afraid to get my car washed at the shop for fear of circular scratches on my car. Best to get it waxed more often and use trusted detailers.

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