30 Cleaning Tips That Professional Car Washers Wish We Didn’t Know

Cleaning your own car is not an easy task, it is for this reason that professional car retailers exist. However, you could do as better as they do!


Cleaning your own car is not an easy task, it is for this reason that professional car retailers exist. However, the accuracy of a car cleaning can be done easily and inexpensively at home.

While it is tempting to buy all the expensive products available in stores, it is not necessary to do so to be able to get the cleanliness you are looking for.

These cleaning tips are tested and proven.

1. Try Using Essential Oils

Rather than spending money for this “new car” smell, drop a few drops of essential oil on a cloth that you leave close to the aeration during cleaning.

2. Vaseline For A Shiny Interior

Vaseline can be applied inside and on the dashboard of a vehicle to create a shiny finish. It’s much cheaper than “Armor All” and just as effective.

3. Use Coal To Absorb Bad Smell

Charcoal is able to absorb odors. To rid the vehicles of stubborn odors, place a few pieces of coal under the seat.

4. Make A Cheap Car Wash Solution With Everyday Ingredients

Mix a spoonful of baking soda and a spoonful of liquid detergent in a bucket of water for an efficient and inexpensive car wash solution.

5. Remove Dust

With a brush or an old toothbrush, remove dust from harder-to-reach areas such as ventilation systems.

6. Brush The Rubber Mats

Use a stiff bristle brush and a solution of soap to clean the rubber mats. Soak them and let them sit in the sun for at least fifteen minutes before rinsing to remove the difficult stains.

7. Use A Squeegee To Remove Dog Hair

Pet hair can be hard to remove from cloth benches. Lightly spray the seats with water and rub with a rubber squeegee (brush sponge) to remove the bristles quickly.

8. Remove Grease And Oil Stains With Corn Flour

Grease and oil can be removed from the leather and fabric by applying cornstarch to the affected area. Let stand for ten minutes and the starch will absorb the stain.

9. Use Kerosene For A Cheap Gloss Finish

Another alternative to costly and expensive wax finishes is the use of kerosene. Use a solution of kerosene and water and wipe the car dry for a shine worthy of a professional.

10. Use Olive Oil To Keep The Leather Like Brand New

After washing the leather seats with hot soapy water, rub a small amount of olive oil on the seat to prevent it from drying out and cracking.

11. DIY Sticky Jelly At Home To Remove Dust And Dirt

A homemade mixture of liquid starch, glue and water produces a sticky jelly that is perfect for capturing dirt and dust from the interior surfaces of the vehicle.

12. Keep Baby Wipes Handy For Regular Cleaning

Keep a pack of baby wipes in the car and use them regularly to wipe the surfaces. This will help to prevent dust and dirt from accumulating.

13. Use Bleach To Get Glossy Black Tires

Tire cleaning products are expensive. Use bleach mixed with hot water to bring back the gloss.

14. Protect Vinyl Surfaces With Lemon Juice And Olive Oil

Vinyl coatings and hard surfaces are at risk of unsightly cracks if they are not protected. Use a solution of lemon juice and olive oil to keep them shiny and free from cracks.

15. Use Toothpaste To Clean Headlights

Rub toothpaste on your headlights, wait a few minutes, then rinse.

16. Wash The Car With A Baby Shampoo

Spots caused by mud, grease or birds can be quickly eliminated by pouring a baby shampoo on a clean, moist cloth and rubbing the stain in a circular motion.

17. DIY Solution For Windscreen Wipers

Mix ammonia and cold water for a very efficient cleaning solution. Apply with a cotton ball or a clean towel.

1 cup of water + 1/4 cup of ammonia.

18. Use Fabric Softener Sheets To Remove Insects

Old dried insects can be difficult to remove from the body of the car with soap and water. Wet a dryer sheet and rub the affected area.

19. Clean Your Windows With White Vinegar

Rather than using this blue product from the store, use a solution of white vinegar in a spray bottle for scratch-free windows. Wipe with a newspaper rather than a towel to avoid residues of fluff.

20. Use A Clean Diaper To Absorb Liquids

If something runs into your car, take a diaper and absorb it.

21. Stop Leaks with A Gum

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If you have a leak somewhere, a gum can be temporarily used to stop the leak until it can be repaired.

22. Remove Sticky Spots Sith A Magic Eraser

Dip a magic eraser into lysol to clean stubborn sticky stains from surfaces inside the vehicle.

23. Use Q-Tips to Clean Hard-to-reach Areas

When the space is too small to hold a cloth or towel, a Q-tip may be useful.

24. Use A Screwdriver To Clean Small Spaces

For difficult-to-reach spaces such as small holes, a screwdriver with a soft cloth can be used to remove dust and stubborn dirt.

25. Use White Vinegar To Improve Cleaning Solution

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Adding a few tablespoons of vinegar to any cleaning solution will greatly increase its potency. It can be used on windows and vinyl linings.

26. Remove Dried Spots With Mayonnaise

Big heavy stains can be easily removed with the application of mayonnaise. Let stand for five to ten minutes and then wipe with a clean cloth.

27. Remove Heavy Stains With Club Soda

Resistant stains (wine, blood, etc.) can be easily removed with the application of club soda drink.

Wait few minutes and wipe with a towel.

28. Clean The Entire Window Thoroughly

Do not do the work halfway, go down the window to remove the dirt on the top of the window and remount it to clean everything perfectly.

29. Remove Burn Spots With A Raw Onion

This little-known trick can save the resale value of a car. Apply an cut onion on a burn on leather or vinyl. Wait, then rinse with warm water to reduce its appearance.

30. Hide fabric softener sheets in the car for a good smell.

Change them every week to keep a good smell in the car.

Sources :

  • AutoInfo
  • WikiHow