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Eight household items that can make cleaning your car cheap and easy


Keeping your car clean can be a real chore, especially during the colder months and inclement weather.

However, it can be easier and cheaper than you think to keep your engine spotless.

If you’re looking to cut the costs of cleaning your car, Goodbye Car has rounded up eight household items you can use.

From vinegar to baking soda, most items can be found deep in our kitchen cabinets, making it easier than ever to make our cars shine.

Here are some tips and things you can use.

White vinegar

White wine vinegar is a staple for many. Multi-purpose cleaners are suitable for many surfaces, including your car.

You can use it outdoors as well as the upholstery of your car.

Although it is acidic, vinegar will not damage your car’s paint when diluted. Just avoid using it too much, just when there are chunks of dirt that won’t budge.

You should also avoid spraying it directly on your car without it being mixed with water.

It’s also great for removing bumper stickers, odors, and chewing gum from your carpet.

As a general rule, mix three parts water with one part white vinegar, this is called an acid rinse. Use the mixture sparingly!

The so-called acid rinse can remove dirt and grease that soap cannot.

Additionally, you can mix 60ml olive oil with 120ml white vinegar (shaken well) to clean your car’s leather upholstery.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil has many uses

After cleaning your car’s leather upholstery, you can condition it with coconut oil.

All you need is a small amount which can be softened and incorporated into the material with a clean, dry cloth.

An added bonus is that your car will smell great.

Coconut oil can also protect against cracks and restore that eye-catching shine.


A food ingredient typically used to thicken sauces and soups, cornstarch is an effective cleaning genius for many different purposes.

You can clean your car windows with 120 g of cornstarch and a liter of water. Use a dry newspaper soaked in the mixture to make these windows shine.

Corn starch can also be used to deodorize odors in your car. Simply sprinkle the remaining mixture in the car and let sit for about half an hour before cleaning.

That’s not all. You can also remove excess car polish and wax by using cornstarch. The mixture can help polish and even remove swirl marks on black cars.


Tube of toothpaste with some of its contents squeezed onto the surface below
Toothpaste can make your headlights shine.

Toothpaste has many uses – aside from keeping our breath fresh and minty.

It can also be applied to our headlights to make them shine brighter than our pearly whites.

After removing excess dirt and grime with a warm soapy cloth, apply toothpaste to your headlights and scrub.

However, try to avoid getting any paste on your car’s paint. You can use duct tape to loop the title if you are worried.

Rubbing alcohol

No need to spend the money on fancy stain removers, use rubbing alcohol instead!

Dabbing the fluid with a dye-free cloth can remove marks from your car, which helps keep your engine in top condition.

The uses of rubbing alcohol don’t end there. If you run out of defroster, simply spray a mixture of 60ml alcohol per liter of water on your windshield and watch the ice melt.

You can also use equal parts rubbing alcohol and water to clean the hard surfaces of your car’s interior.

Baking soda

One of the most practical kitchen cabinet staples, baking soda can be used for many things like cooking and teeth whitening.

It can also be used to keep your car clean.

Dusty ashtrays filled with crumbs and hairs can be an unsightly aesthetic and a nightmare to remove.

Do not worry! Instead, after vacuuming to remove excess dirt, apply a mixture of baking soda and water, let sit for half an hour, and scrub with a toothbrush.

Peanut Butter

The tree can be such a nuisance that a lot of our cars get sticky and difficult to clean.

But all you need to get the coat off your car is peanut butter.

Spread the peanut butter – smooth and not thick – on the affected area and try to warm the area.

You can also use mayonnaise and hand sanitizer if you have some lying around.

Cinnamon Christmas scent

Cleaning your car almost seems pointless if it doesn’t stop smelling good.

You can get into the Christmas spirit by creating your own refreshed festive scent with just a few simple ingredients.

Take an empty jar, add orange zest and cover with white vinegar – add cinnamon sticks to it too if you are feeling even more Christmas.

Leave the mixture for about two weeks in a cool, dark place and transfer it to a spray bottle.

Then all you have to do is spray a few times in the car, and voila!

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