Ten Brilliant Car Cleaning & Organization Hacks

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Although Cassidy is generous with letting me drive his gorgeous new car when I need a getaway, generally it makes more sense for me to drive the “Family Car” – in all of its glory – while he drives the newer, cleaner, less dog-hairy car.

Think that car cleaning and organization has to be hard and time-consuming? Think again! These hacks will have it sparkling in no time at all. #StickItToLint

My car is the messy, imperfect, charming minivan. I’m not saying I’m the cleanest person in the world, but I do tend to get overwhelmed by clutter and dirt. My car is the hardest place to kep clean – with its endless influx of kids and pets and food, and then more kids and pets and food. There’s soccer cleats dirt. Pet hair from rides to the vet or the dog park. Crackers!

Toys, wrappers, papers, love. All of it and more.

Every now and then, Cassidy and the kids vacuum out the car and then take it to the car wash for an interior and exterior deep cleaning. I love that. The car comes back home smelling so wonderful, and the cleanliness and organization lasts about a week. Tops! That’s why I love hacks. They are designed to make your life easier without costing too much, or taking too much time. Generally they can be done by using things you already have around the house – and some of them are so smart and easy, I can even clean the car often. We did a wonderful cleaning for back to school time, using these smart hacks:

Scotch-Brite™ Lint Rollers. These are wonderful! We use the Scotch-Brite™ Printed Lint Roller – to bring creativity and fun to our household – and because Scarlet picked it out! There are designs on every sheet. We also use the Scotch-Brite™ 50% Stickier Lint Roller – which is great for pet hair and crumbs, and has 50% more adhesive to grab more than just lint and hair. There are bonus sheets available on this product. I keep one of each in the car and I use them daily for many soft surfaces.

Floor Mats. I use the Scotch-Brite™ 50% Stickier Lint Roller on all the seats and floor mats. Once the crumbs, hair and dirt is gone, you can spray mats with stain remover, and even throw them in the washing machine. They come out great:

Use a toothbrush. Use a toothbrush to get crumbs and dirt out from in between your seat cushions, or between your car seats and seat cushions. After you are done, then use the Scotch-Brite™ 50% Stickier Lint Roller to clean them up.

Use the foam brush/paint brush/vacuum combo. Use a paint brush or foam brush to dust between the AC vents, and to clean your car’s knobs and dials. Then vacuum up the dust as you brush so it doesn’t settle elsewhere in the car.

Sponge or eraser. These can be great to scrub sticky things off of vinyl and leather!

Wipers! Wipe down your windshield wipers with rubbing alcohol wipes to prevent smears.

My favorite? The Scotch-Brite™ Printed Lint Roller makes such a difference in our car, just like it does in-home. It’s wonderful for so many soft surfaces – like clothing, upholstery, carpeting, car mats, furniture, etc. It fits easily in the car and can get to places a vacuum can’t. Bonus is just to have it around anyway – cleaning or not – because we have two pets and I like to wear a lot of dark colors that pick up fur. Another wonderful use for the lint roller is to get my purse and diaper bag ready for the day. I don’t know about yours, but mine tend to accumulate cookie crumbs, shredded tissues and dust. The lint roller makes everything as good as new. I tend to keep two in the car, one in the diaper bag, and a few in the house.

In order to keep your car clean, or make it easier to clean, we also employ a few organizational hacks:

  • A backseat car organizer

  • Using shower caddies that stick to passenger windows to store kid art supplies, snacks, toys, and drinks

  • A car trashcan

  • A dog seat cover and a towel in the car for post-muddy walks

  • A car cooler for road trips

  • Sealed, plastic baggies full of activity, snack, and first-aid “kits”

  • An empty gum container for loose change

  • Silicone muffin tins at the bottom of cup holders

  • Shower caps for dirty shoes

  • Storing plastic grocery bags in a tissue box

At my Walmart, I found Scotch-Brite™ Lint Rollers in the Cleaning Aisle:

Visit this site for more great ideas and inspiration from Scotch-Brite. How do you organize or clean your car? Do you have any tips, tricks, and hacks that help keep your car clean and organized, and ready for whatever the day holds for your family?

Think that car cleaning and organization has to be hard and time-consuming? Think again! These hacks will have it sparkling in no time at all.

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  1. What great car cleaning hacks and I am a huge fan of their lint brushes by the way, especially with all the dog hair we have here with Elsa. So, definitely have them on hand for that, but will have to keep in mind for car cleaning now, too!! 🙂

    1. I definitely can imagine all the shedding from Elsa! Athena is short-haired and it’s still a LOT! And the cat too!!

      It’s brilliant for the car, I swear.

  2. I will definitely have to invest in the lint roller. Looks like it comes in handy for multiple purposes.. . Thanks for the hacks, Tamara – the shower cap for shoes is great. Never thought about that tip!

    1. I have lint rollers in every car, my desk at work, my bathroom, and my bedroom because two cats means hair everywhere. I never thought of using them for the car. Thanks!

  3. Those sticky rolls are a livesaver! We have them in all the closets and the car too! They make quick cleaning so easy! Love the shower cap idea too! I had not heard that before.

  4. I never thought about using these in my car. My car is often messy, so I could really benefit from leaving a roller in my car.

  5. I’m impressed that you can keep your car clean for a week! I have my kids clean out the back once a week, but it gets so messy so quickly. I love these tips – and I’m sending the kids out with lint rollers next time! #client

    1. I love that your kids clean out the back! Mine are more than happy to use the lint rollers, but they won’t move their toys and food from their car in a timely fashion. Things to work on!

  6. I have dog hair on my dash board!! It’s crazy how big of a mess they can make, I’m totally trying the lint roller, everything else seems to just move it around!

  7. I usually keep my car quite clean, but lately…. YIKES! I’m ashamed. I mean, it’s nowhere near as bad as my hubby’s car, but it doesn’t meet Dean standards. I’m going to have to use some of these AWESOME hacks to get it back in tip top shape.

  8. The alcohol wipes will eventually make your plastic/vinyl surfaces sticky/tacky, use armor car wipes instead. Remember no alcohol wipes on plastic ever!!!

  9. Yeah…and it’s getting to muddy season too. Hubs took our dog down to the boat last week and there are paw marks EVERYWHERE. Yikes.

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