Inside and Outside Car Cleaning Tips and Tricks
If we search among the cleaning products we have at home, whether for bathing, cooking or personal hygiene, we may find one that allows us to improve the appearance, both inside and outside of our car. In addition, with a little skill and cunning it is possible to make small miracles with products as simple as a gel or some food. But it is also possible to solve emergencies that arise with small tricks and, above all, without having to spend money on specific products to clean the car, which, moreover, are not always easy to find.
We propose 20 homemade tricks that you can use to eliminate stains, odors or solve minor problems that may arise unexpectedly in your car.
1 REMOVES A DENT IN THE SHEET
If you want to get rid of a dent in the body without having to go through the workshop and spend a lot of money, use a drain tube. Moisten the edge of the suction cup and place it over the dent. Then pull like when you’re going to unclog a pipe.
2 LEAVE THE TIRES AS NEW
To restore the original shine to the tire, pass water with a hose and let it dry. Then, pour a can of cola and brush with a brush along the rubber. You’ll see how bright they are. You can also use a furniture polish, which leaves less waste.
3 REMOVE A CHEWING GUM FROM THE UPHOLSTERY
With an ice pack, you can harden the rubber and then scrape. It will only take you three minutes. It can also be worth a hair dryer.
4 CLEAN GREASE SPOTS FROM THE BODY
Moisten the spots with linseed oil and let it act for a few minutes. Then rub with a damp flannel cloth. You will see that the result is positive.
5 PREVENT CHILDREN FROM STAINING THE SEATS
We talk about those inevitable spots left by the little ones in the backrest of the front seats. One option is to remove the children’s shoes. You can also place a transparent plastic on the bottom of both seats. Although it will have to be renewed every so often because the kicks of children are inevitable and the plastic ends up tearing.
6 GLEAMING CAR WINDOWS
If you want the windows of your car to always shine, cook some potatoes and when they are ready, strain the water and mix it with a little vinegar. Next, clean the glass with this preparation. You will see that they begin to shine.
7 CAR BODY LIKE NEW
With this trick, you will get your car to be like new, at least from the outside. Mix a little alcohol and a little liquid petroleum jelly in a bowl. Apply the mixture to the body. Then wash the car, dry it and then wipe it with a cloth.
8 CLEAN THE CAR BATTERY
The terminals of the batteries are usually filled with grease and dust. To remove this dirt, use a cloth moistened with Coca-Cola. The result will surprise you.
9 REMOVE RESIN STAINS
For both resin and tar stains, use a cloth moistened with alcohol. After a few minutes rubbing, your efforts will be rewarded and will disappear.
10 DEFLATED TIRES
If you think your tire has punctured and you do not have a spare tire or anti-puncture kit, you can solve the problem temporarily if you have a nail in your hand. Lift the car with the jack and examine the flat tire to locate the source of the leak. If the hole is due to a blow on the rubber, there is no other solution than to call the crane. If the hole is small and much localized, you can always try to drive a nail or a large enough screw into the hole in order to prevent the air from continuing to come out. Stop at the first gas station to inflate the tire a little more and do not forget that it is a temporary “fix”. You will have to go to the workshop.
11 PREVENT CHILDREN FROM GETTING DIZZY IN THE CAR
Although it may seem a joke or sound like a myth, the truth is that it is a very common practice in several countries. Place a small aspirin in the navel and stick it with two cross strips of heat. Another solution is to give them some gingerbread cookies before the trip because ginger has properties that prevent nausea.
12 PERFUME THE INSIDE OF THE CAR
The eucalyptus fruits are perfect natural air fresheners. Place a dozen of these fruits in the areas of the car that receive the air from the ventilation channels. You will see how your trip has a more natural fragrance. The “pine” air fresheners that can be bought at the supermarket can also be an option.
13 ELIMINATE WATERMARKS ON CRYSTALS
If there are watermarks left on your car’s glass, rinse the glass with water and clean it with a newspaper. Next, cut an onion in half and pass it on the glass. Afterwards, you just have to clean the glass with a damp cloth.
14 FIX THE MALFUNCTION OF THE WINDOWS
It can happen that windows cannot open and close properly because the “elevator” is broken. If the window is open, lift it with your hands. Then insert the tip of a screwdriver between the glass and the inner lining of the door, making a wedge. In this way, you prevent it from falling. Go checking every so often if the screwdriver still holds the glass. With the vibrations that occur during the march, it is possible for glass to slide down. As soon as possible, go to a workshop to solve the problem.
15 CLEAN THE STAINS ON THE SEATS
Take a jar of shaving foam, put a little in a sponge or directly on the stain and rub with a brush. Then dry it the result is very positive.
16 EMERGENCY REAR-VIEW MIRROR
If for any reason you have run out of a rear-view mirror, there is a homemade trick, albeit temporary, to continue having visibility. Buy a small mirror, one of those that come in the makeup boxes and stick it on what is left of the back of the structure. Use adhesive tape and fix it. The view may not be very orthodox, but it is more than enough to circulate. Another option, just as cheap (from 9.95 euros) is to buy a spare rear-view mirror or adhesive sheet for the rear-view mirror. The quality is worse, but it makes you the solution.
17 STOP THE ADVANCE OF A BREAK IN THE WINDSHIELD
As if it were a race in an average, use a pot of nail polish. Apply several layers at the ends of the break. Of course, be careful not to put the paint in the driver’s field of vision, especially if it is dark in color.
18 PREVENTS CRYSTALS FROM FOGGING
Although most cars come equipped with a magic button that allows you to demist the windows through the ventilation grilles in record time, there are very curious homemade solutions. For example, pass a simple and common soap bar on the glazed surface. Afterwards, the layer created with a dry cloth would simply have to be cleaned. For a few months it will not tarnish.
19 UNSCREW THE WHEEL NUTS
This work is not something we do every day. However, when the time comes to do it, the task can become a horror, especially if they rust. To remove them with less effort, pour a little Coke over the nuts and wait a few minutes. You’ll see how they ease easily.
20 REMOVE OLD STICKERS
To remove from the car those old stickers put by the previous owner, both in the body and in the glass, use a heat source. The best thing is a hair dryer, which when used with care will help you to take off the old adhesive. To remove possible adhesive residue, use a cloth soaked in vinegar. If the sticker was on the glass, use a spatula to scrape the glue residue.