What if there were an easier way to keep your vehicle clean, organized, and well maintained without investing hours of elbow grease? There is, and we’ve done all of the research for you. When it comes to vehicle hacks for everyday life, here’s everything you need to know:
Is Dog Hair a Problem? Use a Squeegee
Squeegees aren’t just for cleaning your windshield while you’re pumping gas. You can keep a small one handy in your car to easily lift pet hair from your upholstery. Or as this particular author recommends, you can swap the squeegee out with a pair of dish gloves and swipe your hand over the seat, picking up all of the tiny strands that your best friend sheds on your way back and forth from town.
Keep a Laundry Basket in Your Trunk
It almost sounds too simple, but it can be a big help. Think of it as one massive “junk drawer” for your car. Everything is in there, but it’s not flying around your vehicle every time you turn a corner. Enjoy your contained clutter while also keeping the trunk looking “clean.”
Mark Your Parking Spot in the Garage
Always pulling your car into the garage too far? Is the sheetrock laden with holes from your license plate? Maybe you have a habit of not pulling in far enough, and nicking your back bumper with the garage door. Consider hanging a tennis ball from the ceiling, so that it taps your windshield when you’ve pulled in at just the right spot.
Stuff Your Garbage in a Cereal Container
Use a closable cereal container to keep trash and clutter contained. Plus, it’s just the right size to keep grocery sacks in, so you don’t have to purchase small sizes of trash bags. You don’t have to use the bags if you don’t want to, but it will help your car to look tidier.
Park Facing East
What on earth does your car facing east have to do with anything?
If you live in a colder climate, it could cut back on your defrosting time and prevent you from having to manually scrape off all of the ice that has formed on your windshield.
Use Toothpaste to Clean Headlights and Buff Out Scuffs
Toothpaste has a lot of great uses, and not just for your teeth. The micro-abrasives make the perfect texture to buff off residue from your foggy headlights and even smooth out scuffs along your bumper or doors.
Rubbing Alcohol on Old Windshield Wipers
Need to replace your windshield wipers? Didn’t remember until it already started to rain outside? You’re in luck. Grab a container of rubbing alcohol and wipe down the rubber portion of your blades. It works in a pinch!
Prevent Dinged Doors With a Pool Noodle
Are you just as bad about banging your car door into the side of the garage, as you are pulling in too far? Use a pool noodle to make a safe bumper the prevents chips in your paint or dings in your door. It’s a great option if you have a family with small children.
Add a Shine With Olive Oil
Is the inside of your dashboard or around your cup holders starting to look dull, dusty, and maybe even spotted from that morning cup of coffee splashing all over the place? Mix up your own interior cleaner with olive oil and a few other simple household ingredients.
Put Pockets on the Back of Seats
If you’re not up to sewing your own pocket organization system, grab a shoe organizer and cut it down to size. Then use zip ties to fasten it to the headrest of the seat. You can use it to organize your personal items, or to keep little ones entertained during that long family trip across the country.