An “Easy” Way to Clean Out Your Car

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Just like my house, I keep my car tidy but not necessarily squeaky CLEAN.  I don’t have a lot of time to clean it out nor do I care whether it’s immaculate.  But I don’t want it to be embarrassing.

I used to do a better job of keeping my car vacuumed, but at our new house, I don’t get to park in the garage so it’s not as convenient to clean it.  And it’s been either really hot or really cold.  Yes, those are my excuses and I’m sticking to them.

But lately the condition of my car has been bugging me.  Big time.  Unfortunately I haven’t known what to do about it because I don’t have enough time to do a really good job and I don’t want to spend the money to hire a professional.  Here’s what it looks like (keep in mind that it’s old – 1995 – and I haul my two grandkids around in it).

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Driver’s side.

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Passenger Side

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Back area.

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Back floor – see that French fry?

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Back seat

Last night when I was laying in bed, not sleeping, I was thinking about how I could get my car cleaned out and I came up with a solution.  It’s SO simple.  It’s still not something I want to do but it makes a very overwhelming task seem manageable.  Are you ready?  Prepare to be underwhelmed!

CLEAN IT A LITTLE AT A TIME

I had it on my to-do list as “clean out the car”.  To me, that meant:

1.       Vacuum all the floors and seats;

2.       Dust and wipe down the vinyl;

3.       Clean the glass, inside and out;

4.       Wash the outside.

See what I mean?  That’s a lot of hard work and will take quite a bit of time.  Time and energy I don’t have.  But I can:

Vacuum the car.

or

Clean the glass INSIDE.

or

Clean the glass OUTSIDE.

or

Run it through the car wash the next time I get gas.

Those individual tasks, done one at a time when I can fit them in, don’t seem so overwhelming and will take much less time than trying to do it all at once.

So that’s how I’m going to clean out my car.

What’s the condition of your car? Do you clean it out regularly?

Comments

  1. I love it! I try and do this as well. I recently picked up a vacuum that plugs into the cigarette lighter so now I have no excuse!

    • Does it work well? I’ve seen those but figured they weren’t very powerful. I would love to know what you think.

  2. Kathy Matthew says:

    Have you heard of Squawkfox? awesome tips there too for various things – BUT for me – I have one of those soft sided tubs, and a rubbish bag – once every-so often EVERYTHING goes into the tub from the car – and anything that is rubbish goes in the bag (then to the bin) – then I give a wipe over of all the surfaces (Microfibre type cloths), then a wipe over of all the windows), then a vacuum BUT the key thing I love is great mats – 4WD sort even in ordinary cars! as they are well side and tend to hold the mess (especially with kids!)
    I also like to wash the inside rims of doors etc after vacuuming and before washing the outside.
    I too have the “its too hot/too cold, AND its too wet” here to as we are always in and out, and we have a garage, but 4WD+pod (permanent storage on top), which is too high for the garage we have here, and no covered carport either.
    Great motivation is when we have to take passengers + I have the bonus of a child that wants to earn $$$$ at the moment… but I have to put up with all the drama that goes with it ;) … which sometimes its easier and quicker for me to just do it HAHA

    • I need to get some of those microfiber cloths for wiping down the car. I bet those would work well. I usually just use my feather duster or a damp rag.

      I have some of those 4WD mats -they do help a lot.

      Oh, I know that “it’s easier and quicker for me to just do it!” My granddaughter wants to help me with everything.

  3. I bought a new (to me) car around six weeks ago, and I plan to keep it a LOT cleaner and tidier than my old one!

  4. Makayla says:

    I used to clean our family car since my kids were always eating and playing around. Yes, it takes time to do it. As a parent we always want to keep our children away from any dirty environment or place.

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