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Make Your Own Car Cleaners

A clean car needn't clean out your wallet. Here are a bunch of homemade car cleaner recipes for you to try:

Car Wash Solution

Young woman washing her new car
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What You Need:

  • A bucket of water
  • Liquid castile soap

Add a couple drops of liquid castile soap to a bucket of water; stir it in; then, use it to wash your car. Liquid castile soap is made from plant oils, and contains no harsh chemicals or detergents, so it's perfect for washing your car. It won't create suds like store-bought car wash soap, but don't let that fool you. It's a cleaning powerhouse.

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Window Cleaner

Cleaning Car Window
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What You Need:

  • White vinegar
  • A spray bottle
  • Newspaper

Spray full strength vinegar onto your car's windows. Allow it to sit for a few minutes. Then, wipe dry with a piece of newspaper. You'll be left with perfect, streak-free windows.

Chrome Cleaner

Cleaning Wheels
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What You Need:

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • A spray bottle
  • A sponge or cleaning rag

Mix together equal parts white vinegar and water. Then, spray it on your wheels; and work it in with a sponge or cleaning rag. Give it a few minutes to go to work on all that break dust and other grime. Then, rinse it off. If dirt remains, repeat the process.

Note: Vinegar should not be used on aluminum alloys.

Tire Cleaner

Cleaning Tires
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What You Need:

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • A scrub brush

Mix baking soda and water together to form a paste. Then, work the paste into the tires with a scrub brush. Let it sit for several minutes. Then, rinse off.

Carpet and Upholstery Stain Remover

Vacuuming Carpet
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What You Need:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • A scrub brush

Mix white vinegar and baking soda together to form a paste. Then, work the paste into any carpet and upholstery stains with a toothbrush or something similar. Allow the paste to dry. Then, vacuum up the baking soda, and the stains should be gone.

Note: Some stains may need to be treated more than once.

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Interior Cleaner

Cleaning Car Interior
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What You Need:

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • A spray bottle
  • A cleaning rag

Mix together equal parts white vinegar and water. Then, spray it on any vinyl, plastic or wood surfaces in your car that need cleaning. Allow it to soak in. Then, wipe dry with a clean rag.

Interior Protectant/Dressing

Conditioning Dashboard
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What You Need:

  • 1 cup mineral oil
  • A spray bottle or bowl
  • 2 cleaning rags

Put the mineral oil in a spray bottle or bowl. Then, use a clean cloth to wipe a small amount of the dressing into the dashboard and any other plastic, wood or vinyl surfaces. Finish by wiping off the excess with another cleaning rag.

Warning: Do not use on the steering wheel, pedals or any other controls where slipperiness could pose a hazard. Also be careful not to get in on your windows.