So, you’re a new driver and you want to keep your car clean without spending too much money? you’re in the right place!
This blog has been put together with tips and tricks that won’t break the bank. We know that being a new driver can be tough on your wallet, so we’ve made a list of budget-friendly car cleaning ideas that you can try at home. We’ve got DIY car washes and homemade cleaning solutions that are easy to do. Let’s check out our exclusive car care tips for new drivers and keep your car sparkling without spending too much!
DIY Car cleaning
Cleaning your car at home can be fun and budget-friendly! You’ll need a bucket, soapy water, a soft sponge or cloth, and a hose. First, rinse off the loose dirt and debris from your car. Then, use soapy water and a sponge or cloth to gently scrub the outside of your car, paying extra attention to dirty spots. Rinse off the soap really well and dry your car with a clean cloth. Don’t forget to clean the windows and wheels, and you can even apply wax for extra shine! DIY car washes not only save money, but you also get to control how well your car gets cleaned.
A handheld or portable car vacuum cleaner can help you easily clean up dirt, crumbs, and other debris in your car. Just make sure to use a vacuum attachment with soft bristles or a brush to avoid scratching the surfaces. Focus on areas where people sit like the driver’s seat, passenger seats, and footwells, as well as the boot. Vacuuming regularly keeps your car looking tidy and fresh and prevents dirt from getting stuck in the carpet, which can make it wear out faster. It’s a budget-friendly way to keep your car’s interior clean and looking good for a long time!
Homemade cleaning solution
Making your own car cleaning solutions at home is a great way to save money and at the same time, help the environment. You can use simple things from around the house like water, washing up liquid, vinegar, and baking soda to make your own cleaning solution. For example, you can mix water and mild dish soap to clean the exterior of your car, including the windows, body, and wheels. Diluted vinegar can be used to get rid of tough stains on the glass, and a mixture of baking soda and water can make a strong but gentle cleaner for things like floor mats or upholstery. Homemade cleaning solutions are not only cheap, but they also let you choose what goes into them and avoid using harsh chemicals on your car. Just make sure to follow the right ratios and use safe materials so you don’t damage your car’s surfaces!Home made cleaning solutuion
Rainwater is like nature’s own car wash! It’s free of minerals, chemicals, and contaminants that can be in tap water, which makes it perfect for washing your car. To collect rainwater, you can set up buckets outside your home to catch rain as it falls from your roof. Once you’ve collected enough, you can use it to rinse off dirt and debris from your car’s exterior or mix it with a mild car wash soap for deeper cleaning. Not only does re-using rainwater save you money on water bills, but it also helps conserve water resources and is eco-friendly. Just make sure to follow any local rules about collecting rainwater and be careful when storing and using it for cleaning.
DIY upholstery cleaning
With just a few simple household items, you can easily clean your car’s upholstery at home. Start by vacuuming the upholstery thoroughly to remove loose dirt, crumbs, and debris. Next, create a gentle cleaning solution by mixing water and a mild detergent or upholstery cleaner. Use a soft brush or cloth to apply the cleaning solution to the upholstery, working in small sections and avoiding excessive saturation. Gently scrub the fabric in circular motions, paying extra attention to stained or soiled areas. Once cleaned, use a clean damp cloth to rinse off the cleaning solution and then blot the upholstery with a dry towel to remove excess moisture. Finally, allow the upholstery to air dry completely before using your car again. DIY upholstery cleaning can save you money compared to professional services, while still leaving your car’s interior looking fresh and clean.
Invest in a good quality wax
Ok, so this may cost you to begin with, however, waxing your car regularly not only gives it a glossy shine but also acts as a protective barrier against dirt, grime, UV rays, and other environmental contaminants. This helps to prevent dirt and debris from clinging to the car’s surface, making it easier to clean and means you won’t have to wash it as often. By applying a layer of wax to your car’s exterior, you can help to maintain its appearance and protect the paint from damage, which can ultimately save you money in the long run by reducing the risk of costly repairs or repainting.
Remember, regular car cleaning and maintenance not only keeps your car looking great, but it also helps prevent long-term damage and prolongs the life of your vehicle. With these budget-friendly home car cleaning tips, you can keep your car looking its best without breaking the bank.
Article credit to Hannah Walters
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