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8 Car Cleaning Hacks For Moms With Messy Kids

Is your family vehicle covered in crumbs? Does it seem like every nook and cranny is stuffed full of trash? It’s enough to drive any mom crazy! Is it really too much to ask to have a clean car?! Let’s look at some car cleaning hacks for moms with messy kids!

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1. Remove Stains Using Totally Awesome Cleaner

Totally Awesome all-purpose spray cleaner is truly awesome. If you have stains on your car upholstery, spray it with Totally Awesome cleaner and let it set. Come back a few minutes later and the stains will be all gone. You won’t believe how easy it is to remove stains with this cleaner.

2. Use Compressed Air to Dust Difficult Areas

Does it seem like dust is always trapped in your vents, around your emergency brake, and other small areas? Use a can of compressed air to get these spots clean. The small tube of the compressed air can fit anywhere in your car and will help you get your car spotless.

3. Break Out the Magic Erasers

Do you have stubborn dirty spots on the inside of your doors or dashboard? What about on your rims? Use a Magic Eraser and a bit of elbow grease. You can also get the off-brand kind. Just dampen the eraser and scrub the areas. These work so well at getting stuck on dirt off once and for all.

4. Turn a Cereal Container Into a Trash Can

A cereal storage container that has a flip top lid is the perfect trash can for your car. Line the container with a plastic bag and pop in your car. You can keep the lid closed to prevent the trash from spilling. Now, your kids will always have somewhere to stick their empty wrappers, gum, and used tissues.

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5. Keep Cupholders Clean with Cupcake Liners

Cupcake liners fit perfectly into standard car cupholders. Just pop them into all your cupholders and change them out as needed. This will also help cut down on dust that gathers in the bottom of the cupholders.

6. Cover the Backseat

Want to help keep your backseat clean? Cover it. You can use anything from a blanket to a cover meant to keep dog hair off your seats. This allows you to easily gather up the cover and get rid of crumbs. You can also easily throw it in the washing machine.

7. Corral Clutter

Instead of letting all your car essentials ride around loose in the truck, use a car organizer or even a cardboard box to keep everything corralled. This prevents a big mess from forming in your trunk.

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8. Get Rid of Bug Guts

During the warmer months, you’re going to get a lot of bug guts on the bumper of your car. Ick. Instead of trying to scrub this off with elbow grease, spray a bit of cooking spray on the area and allow it to set for a few minutes. The cooking spray will loosen the grim and allow you to easily wash it off with a sponge.

What are you waiting for? Use these car cleaning hacks to get the clean car you’ve always wanted.

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Car Cleaning Hacks for Moms with Messy Kids

Do you have any car cleaning hacks to share?

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. These are great tips! and plus if you stay ahead of the mess and tidy it up every week, your car will always look new, and don’t forget the air freshener!!

  2. A cover or similar spill proof solutions are great.. especially if you frequently have pets that ride in the car with you

  3. This is very helpful information ! Can I share this “Car Cleaning Hacks” for my Pinterest followers, Lyne?

    • Of course you can! There is a Pinterest button at the right hand side of each photo, so simply touch it and click on it! Thank you for sharing!

  4. I really like all of your car cleaning tips, especially using the cupcake liners in the cup holders. Seems like they are always grimy and sticky. Thank you for this article.

  5. I love your hack for keeping cup holders clean! What a genius idea to use cupcake liners. I think I would go with silicone/reusable ones as they’d be a little sturdier and just wash them as needed. I love this idea.

  6. What brilliant hacks for cleaning a car, loved them. When my kids were little I had a smaller version of a shoe holder handing over the seats so that their games, snacks etc could be kept in there and easily accessible to them,

  7. What a clever way to make use of my archaic cupcake liners, they’re a bit old now, and it seems such a waste to throw it away, now with your tip, they might actually have another use. And we’ll definitely put some closed plastic containers in our car, I’m sure they will come in handy.


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