Car Cleaning Supplies

by Emily McBride
(last updated August 22, 2016)

Sometimes cleaning your car is the last thing on your mind. Cleaning the house or doing laundry makes it to most people's to-do lists every week, but cleaning the car is sometimes further down the list. However, keeping the inside of your car clean car can make a much nicer commute, and keeping the outside of your car clean can help it look nicer for longer. The combinations of dust, dirt, and chemicals from emissions can coat your car and gradually eat away at the paint. If you clean your car regularly it will not only look nicer, but it should help the paint last longer as well.

  • Supplies for the inside: Before you even start cleaning your car, use a trash bag to gather up all of your garbage and throw it away. One of the most important supplies to clean the inside of your car is the vacuum. You should vacuum your car regularly, especially if you track in a lot of dirt or mud with your shoes or if you eat in your car frequently. For spots, try spray-on carpet cleaner. Remember to also vacuum under any mats you may have. Use a rag and a vinyl protectant to clean the dashboard and other parts of the interior. Finish off the inside by using window cleaner and paper towels to wash the inside of the windows. You might want to consider using an air freshener to make your car smell better.
  • Supplies for the outside: The most important supply to wash the outside of your car is water. It's best to use a hose to first rinse off your car. Have a bucket full of soapy water and use rags or towels to wash the car. Use car-washing detergent for best results. Some parts, such as the tire and hubcap or the bottom of the car, might benefit from heavy spraying with the hose. After you have thoroughly washed your car, spray it off with the hose again. Use clean, dry towels or a chamois to dry the outside to avoid water spots when you are finished (if you forget this step, it might look like you have not even cleaned your car at all!). Then, use window cleaner and paper towels to wash your windows so that they don't streak.

Following these steps and using the italicized supplies should help your car look new and clean, helping you to enjoy the time you spend inside!

Author Bio

Emily McBride

A senior majoring in English and editing at BYU, Emily hopes to enter the field of professional editing upon graduation. Emily has done humanitarian work in Africa and studied in London. She enjoys blogging, foreign films, and playing the piano. ...

MORE FROM EMILY

Obesity Diseases

Not only can obesity make you uncomfortable with how you feel and look, but it can also cause other serious diseases. ...

Discover More

Natural Cleaning Products

Commercial household cleaning products contain harmful chemicals. By using natural products instead, you can help save ...

Discover More

The Best Eye Shadow for Hazel Eyes

Hazel eyes are already beautiful, so you want to bring out their beauty with your makeup—not overshadow it. Read ...

Discover More

The Power of Microfiber! Zwipes Microfiber Cleaning Cloths will become your favorite tool for every cleaning task. This 36-cloth package is perfect for hundreds of uses in the garage, kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and all around the house. Each cloth is tough, streak-free, lint-free, reusable, and washable. Check out Microfiber Cleaning Cloths today!

More Cleaning Tips

Removing Bumper Stickers

Want to remove those old bumper stickers from your car? There are several different methods that can be used to remove ...

Discover More

Cleaning Vinyl Dashboards

Everyone knows that the outside of the car gets dirty, but so can the inside, including the dashboard. If you have a ...

Discover More

Wheel Cleaning

When cleaning your vehicle, don't forget the wheels. You can wash your car's wheels by following just a few simple steps.

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is four more than 6?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.