12 DIY Car-Cleaning Hacks Using Items You Already Have

Summer is here, and that means family vacation season is well underway!

Just come back from a long road trip and have dead bugs splattered all over your front bumper? Family dog do an entire season’s worth of shedding in the back seat? Don’t pay for an expensive deep-clean when you can do it yourself, using everyday products like baking soda, toothpaste, and olive oil.

Below are the 12 best DIY hacks we’ve found to get the sand, grit, and grime out and have your car shining and smelling like new!

1. To clean chrome wheels

Mix equal parts water and vinegar, put the mixture in a spray bottle and wipe it all over the chrome.


2. For shiny headlights

Squeeze some toothpaste onto a rag and rub it across the headlights. Bam, all shiny.


3. To get rid of pet hair (and human hair, for that matter)

Fill up a spray bottle with water and wet your seats, then drag a SqeeGee across.


4. For streak-free windshields

Put some rubbing alcohol on a rag and use it to wipe down the blades.


5. To remove embedded grime

A Magic Eraser can not only remove marks on walls and floors, but also all that accumulated gunk on your car seats.