Spring cleaning is not just for the house. After long months of being closed up for winter, your vehicle can develop a number of issues that can only be addressed with a thorough cleaning. By the time the weather outside stops being frightful enough to put the kibosh on your desire to do some cleaning, the interior of your vehicle can become a habitat for inhumanity. And the coolest part is that these tips for giving your vehicle a spring cleaning require many products you may already have.
Water and Vinegar
Spring cleaning vehicles for many parts of the country means dealing with the unpleasant aftermath of all that salt used to make driving possible. You may have taken the time to clean away the salt collected beneath your car before rust sets in, but what about all the salt you drag into the interior? The only tips you need for cleaning away that salt residue from carpets and upholstery is to know where you keep vinegar. Combine one part vinegar with two parts water and scrub away the remaining vestiges of winter mucking up the interior of your vehicle.
Closeting that environment inside your vehicle over the course of a big chill that spreadst from Thanksgiving to the arrival of spring can easily result in air quality more polluted than a speech at CPAC. Cleaning away the similarly fetid, musty interior of your vehicle requires nothing more than baking soda, a vacuum and about twenty minutes of your time. Even better: fifteen minutes that time can be spent doing anything you want. Just layer the entire carpeting inside your vehicle with a sprinkling of baking soda, take your fifteen minute break, then come back and vacuum.
The unusual adhesive properties of Silly Putty make it far more useful than other types of putty for spring cleaning your vehicle. Here’s one of the most useful tips any driver can get: keep an egg of Silly Putty in your car at all time. Its ability to be easily molded to fit into any nook or cranny inside the car is of valuable use for easy extrication of any small particles of dirt, grime, food, bugs and anything else that has collected in hard to clean places over the winter.
Fabric Cleaner Sheets
No, not WD-40. You’ll find so many tips on using WD-40 to clean off the dust that accumulates on a dashboard over time that it might as well be a called common knowledge. More uncommon is the knowledge that a simple fabric cleaner sheet of the kind tossed into the clothes dryer has less potential for abrasion than WD-40 (which, admittedly, is not great) and, more importantly, because it sucks up the dust that is constantly floating around in your vehicle’s interior before settling down.
Club soda in the spring is better for you than Club Med in the winter. Cheaper, too. There are more tips to be had for using club soda than you’ll find in all the jars on all the pianos in all the gin joints in all the world. This tip for using club soda applies to spring cleaning, specifically cleaning away all the grease that has been allowed to build up over the course of the long, cold winter. Most efficient use is by pouring the soda straight into a spray bottle and spritzing directly on the windshield and wiping away with cloth.