11 Ways To Make Your Car Cleaner Than It's Ever Been

11 Awesome Car Cleaning Hacks!

When it comes to cleaning the car, I hope you'll agree when I say...

Cleaning the car stinks.

That's why we decided to find the best hacks on the internet to help you with the job.

If you're looking to clean your car this year, these hacks will help. We've scoured the web for the very best car cleaning hacks to make your job easy.

Sometimes it just takes seeing some hacks for inspiration to get you going. Some of these are so genius we had to share, plus what better way to clean your car than with some neat hacks?

1. Put cupcake wrappers in cup holders.

11 Ways To Make Your Car Cleaner Than It's Ever Been

2. Shower caddies are perfect kids trays.

3. Get a trunk shelf for easy organizing.

4. Use a rubber band as a phone holder.

5. Buy shoe organizers to keep order.


6. Use a paint brush to dust between vents.


7. Squeegee + water bottle = no more pet hair.

8. Remove gunk with magic erasers.

9. Sprinkle baking soda before vacuuming to get rid of smells.

10. Use a toothbrush to remove gunk from seats, the dashboard or cup holders.

11. Buy a cereal container and use as a trash can.

11 Ways To Make Your Car Cleaner Than It's Ever Been

See also: The Perfect DIY To Clean Car Upholstery


  • misha326

    what's the clothespin for?

    • marty

      to move the vent opening without breaking a nail.

    • NateandNatsMom

      Apparently you put drops of essential oil on them.... then clip to your vent.☺

    • SirGonzoMom

      Drip a few drops of the essential oil on the clothespins and then stick them in your house or car air vents. Soon afterwards your house and vehicle interiors will be smelling a lot more pleasant and refreshed.

    • Frugal_Mom

      Air freshener... Glue a few Pom Pom balls and add a few drops of essential oil. 

    • mama2boys

      That's what I was wondering!

    • jenny

      This pin doesn't explain what the clothespin is for but if I had to guess, it looks like a diy car deodorizer...maybe dip the clothespin in some essential oil and clip on for an air freshener. It sounds poosible :-) 

    • studio7nineteen

      I was wondering the same thing?!

    • iJulieann70

      I've read that you can soak them in scented oils and clip them for air fresheners

    • melbak

      I was wondering the same thing.  I am thinking you put essential oil on the clothespin and pin it to the vent for a DIY air freshener

    • Nan

      To keep the seat belt from getting to tight. Put it where it wont retract too much.

    • Lynxxy

      Put a drop or two of essential oil on it for an air freshener

    • Ndnuts2

      I googled "car hacks clothes pin" they put drops of essential oil on a clothes pin for an air freshener.

    • cj1992

      maybe soaked in essence oils for smell in car?

    • 000

      You can put a couple of drops of essential oil on a wooden clothes pin and turn it into an air freshener.

    • Txbrat

      I wondered that too

    • daisy

      If you put drops of essential oil on the clothespin and attach it to the vent, it acts as an air freshener. (Confession: I had to look it up.) 

    • Amy

      Soak clothes pin in water and then put a few drops if essential oil on it for an air freshener.

    • Gemma919

      To hold cell phone utilizing rubber band and clothes pin. Clever but you can find cell phone holders under $10 and I feel they would be easier to use over all including much easier to remove phone. I use my holder which I paid less than $5 and love it.

    • NovemberBlue

      That's why I clicked on this article too!

    • Denise

      I wondered the same thing

    • Annette

      Missing handle or tab

    • gogirl

      To keep the tip of your toothbrush off the bathroom counter-top where germs collect.

    • PatriciaMead

      That's what I was looking for too !! Didn't see it !!

  • EDUBBS22

    Where is the trunk shelf from?

    • Murphy13_78

      I am wanting one too.  Never heard of them before now.

  • Crazymom

    What is the clothespin for ????? You did not answer the question

  • bell318

    The clothespin is to use as an oil diffuser, clip clothespin in vent add drops of oil and it's diffuser

  • bonicabla

    If you put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on a clothespin, the wood will absorb the lovely scent. When you put the clothespin into your car’s air vent, the smell will be released into the whole vehicle

    • Moto

      Was wondering the same thing.  

    • junebug

      Sounds like a great idea!

    • LucyM

      Thank you! The whole reason I clicked through to this article was to find out the purpose of the clothes pin...and then it wasn't explained! haha! What a great idea. I bet it would also be useful for straightening out vent louvers not going the right way because they have become detached from the post that moves them!

  • crazystamper

    Where and how much is a trunk shelf? I see very expensive ones online.

  • Pocohontas442

    these are all great tips - NY

  • 3611rep

    What is the trunk shelf made from, is it home made or from a dealer?  How does it sit above the other groceries? 


  • Pdiddy685

    Gm this is great,I was a bit down but this made me feel happy don't know why but I guess because this makes life so simple.Thank you so much .

    • Maryann

      I don't know why, but I'm happy that this made you happy and brightened up your day.  Sometimes it's the little things that make us happy, it's like, "stop and smell the roses".

  • Shirleykennedy

    Good ideal l

  • Momdeals

    totally love the tips!

  • Kfrizzell76

    What is the stapler with the keys for

    • lisakay

      Easiest way to add to or subtract from a key ring. Saves broken and torn nails and sore fingers.

    • Ohgeezelouisee

      It's a staple remover. You just put it between key rings to open them easily  

    • Kathycee1

      It's a stapler remover and you use the prongs to separate the rings to be able to put key on the new keyring or remove the key. Usually those rings are tough to hold apart by hand and breaks your nails.

  • Wendy

    I really like the trunk shelf and show organizer ideas!  Where would I get a trunk shelf?  Did you up cycle something?

    • Faith

      I saw another post somewhere where they made the trunk shelf. 


    These are some really great ideas. I practically live in my car because of my daily commute. Definitely gonna try out some of these hacks!

    Thanks for sharing!


  • Kymber360

    It made me go clean my car and I love the paintbrush idea. I used almost everything and my car looks

    • carolyn

      OK enough about the clothes pin, what about the trunk shelf? Great ideas....

  • Cindy

    I tried the cereal container as a garbage can but it kept falling over and out of reach.  

  • Phyllis
    • I don't understand what text field u are talking about!!!! Help!!!!!
  • chickenwhispers

    How do you keep the cereal container/garbage receptacle from falling over?

    • MamaBebah

      I wedge mine under the table in my minivan. I leave just enough space to flip the top up, and it works like a charm!

    • mamaw

      I put a rock in the bottom of my garbage can to keep it from tipping over.  Works great.

  • SublimeAmiga

    Wow did everyone skip the comments and ask the same question??? SMH

  • Bulldozer

    So for the trunk shelf, not sure what the pin is suggesting and this may be an expensive way but try this idea. You can buy rigid insulating foam from Home Depot...$10.. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Cellofoam-3-4-in-x-4-ft..., cut it to shape (It's a 4x8 sheet, could make 2). 

    Then (optional), add what I think is sticky backed fleece for looks from Michaels...$10..http://www.michaels.com/725-wonderunder-heavy-duty... ... Lite weight and strong enuf if you go 3/4 inch or 1 inch.

  • Mom_of_Two

    I use a plastic shoe box as my trash can in the car.  It is pushed under the front seat by the back seat passenger. Also, when the kids need to eat crumbly things in the car, they eat with it on their laps and crumbs fall in. When they are done, the lid is put on.

  • Bb84

    the shelf in the back looks to be a ironing board to me.

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