With spring right around the corner, many peoples’ thoughts turn to spring cleaning. They get busy with those home improvement projects, cleaning out that shed in the backyard, and repainting the dining room a crisper shade of white. But what many people don’t realize is their cars need spring cleaning, too. It’s not always as simple as taking your car to the local car wash or spraying it down and soaping it up in the driveway. There are small tasks that are easily overlooked, but can mean the difference between driving safely and risking an accident. With that in mind, here are four easy to follow tips that will help keep your car clean.
Don’t Forget the Headlights
After you’ve been driving around for a few years, the plastic inside your car’s headlights starts to oxidize, giving it a cloudy, yellowish tint. This can be dangerous, especially if you do a lot of night driving, because that film can decrease the amount of light put out by the headlights. If you can’t afford a fancy cleaning solution, try dabbing a bit of toothpaste on a rag, wiping the headlight housings, and then rinsing with water. You’ll be amazed by the results!
Don’t Be a Streaker
If you cart around your kids or pets, you’re all too familiar with streaks. They can be fingerprints, nose and tongue prints, or anything else that mucks up the interior windows (and sometimes the windshield or back window!). Those streaks may seem harmless, but they can affect your visibility while driving. To get rid of them, mix up a solution of ¼ cup vinegar and ¼ cup rubbing alcohol. Spray this on your windows, and then wipe them down with newspapers for a streak-free finish.
Dashboards and Interiors
Your dashboard and other interior components can really take a beating from the sun and the elements. Additionally, a cluttered vehicle can pose distraction hazards while driving. Kick the clutter out of your car and use a bit of mild laundry soap to clean your dash and interior upholstery. Wipe it off with a soft cloth when you’re done, and admire how much better your interior looks.
Blast the Bugs
Dead bugs plastered to your car are never a good look. To get rid of them without potentially damaging your car’s paint job, you can just use water and a good car soap. Work in small areas, cleaning off the bugs, and rinse when you finish each area.
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