7 Home Items You Didn’t Know Can Actually Clean Your Cars

An average car owner spends roughly 15 dollars for a conveyor car wash service per vehicle. And since there’s a general rule of thumb that requires each car to have a wash for every two weeks or so, then you’re about to spend more or less 360 bucks every year for just a carwash. Getting a car is really expensive but the maintenance can actually add to the price. Imagine how much money you can save if you only try cleaning your vehicle by yourself. Discover the following items that you just see at home but you didn’t know can help you a lot when it comes to cleaning your vehicles.

Old Makeup Brush

Instead of throwing away your old makeup brush, you can actually keep it as a cleaning tool for your air vents. Due to air circulation with floating dust particles coming from the outside, your air vents may get dirtier each day. Brush the openings to get rid of dust and freshen the air you breathe inside your car. But you have to take note that if you’ll be using an old and used makeup brush, make sure to wash it off in order to remove the makeup residues.

Olive Oil

You don’t let an olive oil to just sit around your kitchen all day. You can also use it to achieve a shinier dashboard. Just pour a little amount to a clean and dry cloth then gently wipe it on the dashboard surface.


Baking Soda

If there’s one thing at home that deserves the ultimate multi-purpose badge, it’s none other than a baking soda. Aside from being widely used for baking, baking soda can also do a lot of amazing things such as whitens the teeth, cleanses the face, washes away natural germs from fruits and veggies, removes stains from shoes and clothes, cleans kitchen sink, toilet, and bathroom, polishes silverware,  neutralizes fridge and garbage can odors and even soothes insect bites. There are still more that I can’t name but on top of that, a baking soda can also remove dirt and stain from your car seat covers. If you have cloth car seats, all you have to do is sprinkle the baking soda all over the car seat and set aside for couple of hours or at least overnight to see better results. Then vacuum all the scattered powder the next day.  

Hair conditioner

Who says conditioner works for hair alone? Well, you can definitely shine your car body with a hair conditioner that contains lanolin – a fatty substance used as a base for ointments, giving it a shiny texture. So after washing your car with soapy water, dry it with a piece of cloth. And once dried, apply the hair conditioner on a clean and dry cloth and gently rub in small circles to polish all over the body.  


You surely find it hard to reach the dirt from small crannies in your car. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush in cleaning the crannies and stiff-bristled for hard floor mats. You can also brush the floor mats with soap.


Foggy headlights reveal your car’s real age. Despite the fact that your car gets old, of course, you still want to maintain its brand-new appearance. You don’t have to spend an average price of $75 for headlights buffing or restoration to make it look new as before. Because the answer to foggy headlights is right inside your bathroom. Polish your headlight cages with toothpaste by rubbing all over the surface with a piece of cloth or a toothbrush. Keep rubbing until you see the difference. You can also use a rotary buffer (if there is) for better results. After rubbing with toothpaste, sprinkle with warm water to rinse off and let dry.  

Cupcake Liner

You must be wondering how a cupcake liner can clean your car.  Well, it doesn’t really clean it but it actually keep your cup holders clean. There are moments when you just throw away your candy trash in your cup holders for your convenience. And sometimes, the dirt from air circulation falls into them. But if you try to place a cupcake liner in your cup holders, it will strain all the dirt and wastes. You just have to lift it up if it needs to be thrown away.

By: Sarah Contreras

Sarah is a full-time blogger focusing on areas of lifestyle and health development. She also writes for Wetseat Neoprene Car Seat Covers, Australia’s most trusted shop for car accessories. What motivates Sarah to keep writing is her passion of providing information to all readers out there.


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