Spring cleaning shouldn’t stop with your home. The interior of your vehicle might need a little spring cleaning after a long winter.
What’s That Smell?
My son has a habit of leaving his gym bag, rain gear, and an occasional apple or orange in the backseat of our SUV. Over the years, I’ve found that the best way to get rid of a smell isn’t to just cover it up with air freshener. If your carpet isn’t exactly fresh, try sprinkling baking soda all over the carpet. Let it sit for at least an hour. Leave the doors to your vehicle open if you can safely do so. Just like using baking soda in the refrigerator, using it on your carpet gets rid of any funky smells.
If your windows seem filmy on the inside and Windex doesn’t seem to help, try rubbing alcohol. My dad smokes and he swears that rubbing alcohol and a paper towel gets even the nastiest film off of inside windows. Spring cleaning is about cleaning what you normally skip over. Take the time to do the windows with rubbing alcohol and they’ll sparkle until fall.
Cracks and Crevices
When I spring clean my vehicle, I make sure to get all of the little cracks and crevices that I normally skim over. I have trouble cleaning some of the really small spaces and I have fairly small hands. The best way to dust what you can’t reach is to buy a simple feather duster and a spray bottle of Armoral. I spray the Armoral directly onto the feather duster and then dust the entire vehicle. For really small spaces, a cue tip dipped in Armoral works wonders. Cue tips with a pointed end can get into the hardest to clean corners.
Fresh All Year
I used to spend money on air fresheners and Febreeze. The best way to keep your vehicle smelling fresh is to stick dryer sheets anywhere you can hide them. I put dryer sheets under the seats, in the trunk, and even under the floor mats. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a hug chore. Something as simple as dryer sheets can leave your vehicle smelling fresh for months. Downy dryer sheets come in scents like lavender and vanilla for a calming scent or crisp linen for a clean scent.
Spring cleaning in my home is a little bit easier than spring cleaning my vehicle. Any stains on the carpet in my home are easy to get rid of with a steam vacuum. Unfortunately, there isn’t any way to fit a steam vacuum in the car. When you have children, accidents like spilled juice, muddy cleats, or car sickness happens. Stained carpet in a vehicle looks horrible. There are many different kinds of carpet cleaner but if you are anything like me and don’t like the strong chemical smell, there are other options. I use Tide laundry detergent with Downey already mixed in, a bowl of hot water, scrub brush, and sponge. Tide can get grass stains, grease, and almost any stain out of your clothing. It also works wonders on carpet. A little elbow grease and a little bit of Tide will leave your carpet looking and smelling great. Just make sure you don’t over wet the carpet. Use the sponge t soak up any excess water.
You can spring clean your vehicle in under an hour and have it looking like new. Goodbye musty winter smell, hello spring clean!