Share with us your top tips for cleaning your car!

Somehow now matter how often you give it a quick spring clean, the just-valeted freshness doesn’t seem to last as long as you’d like it to. So, we’ve compiled some top tips for ways to clean your car from our members. If you’ve got a good tip for keeping things sparkling clean, drop us a line and we’ll feature yours too!


  • Coca cola on a washcloth can help clean gunk and grease on windows, as the acid breaks it down. Be sure to wipe it all off after though, or you’ll get sticky patches!
  • If your windscreen wipers are leaving streaks, then rub them down with alcohol to avoid marks.
  • Washed the exterior as normal with soapy water, but find there’s still marks and grime you can’t shift? Use some clay to pick up other dirt from the surface.
  • For cloudy headlights, try a light spray of WD-40 worked in with a toothbrush. This also works for cleaning off old bumper stickers!


  • A small sprinkling of baking soda across fabric seats and mats will absorb odours. Just hoover off after a few hours.
  • For marks and stains on leather or vinyl seats, a dab of toothpaste will help exfoliate out imperfections.
  • Use a paintbrush to dust between the slats in air-con vents. And vacuum as you go, so the dust doesn’t just settle elsewhere!
  • Diluted vinegar rubbed on with old newspaper cleans the inside of your windscreen perfectly… but don’t use too much, unless you’re a fan of the fish-and-chips smell.
  • Glass cleaner works on plastic interior surfaces just as well as it does glasss.
  • Coffee filters can clean air vents or just be rubbed over interiors to leave a nice shine.
  • Coconut oil can be used to condition and polish the leather on your dashboard – but in small quantities!
  • Pets in the back seat? Use a spray bottle of water to spritz the seats, then scrape with a squeegee to gather up animal hair.
  • Dilute some all-purpose cleaner and use some old-fashioned elbow grease to shampoo your seats.
  • To clean up dirty floor mats, spray them with stain remover and then pop in the washing machine. Make sure they’re completely dry before popping them back in.
  • Steam clean the fabric parts of children’s car seats to get as germ-free as possible. The attachments and different parts can make this a tricky job, but it’s worth it.

Of course, with all of these you need to take care with usage and test a small patch first before going big.

Do you have any top tips for car cleaning? Let us know in the comments below!

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Author Lex Barber


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