Step 1: Remove any objects from your car and sort them out.
Start by taking out all the car mats and objects that could stand in the way of cleaning. Decide what to throw out or recycle (containers, plastic packaging, etc.), what doesn’t belong in the car anymore (books, gym bag, etc.) and what should go back in the car afterwards (mats, CDs, etc.). Don’t forget what’s in the trunk!
Step 2: Vacuum.
Now that you’ve cleared everything out of the car, it’s time to vacuum. This is the longest and noisiest step. Vacuum the mats you’ve taken out, as well as the upholstery. Of course, the foot area is the most likely to have dirt and debris of all kinds, so ensure to give it a good going-over.
You’ll also want to vacuum the seats; don’t forget the small cracks and seams, which can be filled with dust. If you have a sedan, it is recommended to vacuum the fabric between the back seat and windshield. The inside of the trunk is also an area where dirt tends to accumulate. Make sure you have sufficient lighting, so you don’t miss anything!
Once the upholstery is clean, vacuum inside the storage compartments. This includes the console between the driver and passenger seats, door storage, and any other car compartments.
Step 3: Clean the vinyl / plastic surfaces.
After vacuuming, stay inside your vehicle to clean all the vinyl surfaces such as the dashboard, steering wheel, and inside the doors. Use a rag and an all-purpose product to clean all the surfaces. Don’t forget to open a door or window to let some air in!
Step 4: Clean the windows.
Although washer fluid is often used to clean the windshield, you’ll need something a little extra to get your windows sparkling! When going about your spring cleaning, don’t forget to wash both the inside and outside of the windows. This includes the front and rear windshields, as well as the door windows.
If you’re not a fan of how certain chemical products smell, we suggest creating your own glass cleaner. Mix together 4L of water, 125 ml of white vinegar, and 2.5 ml of dishwashing liquid for a homemade cleaner you can use on all your windows!
Step 5: Put everything back in the car.
Once the inside of your ride is nice and clean, you can put the objects you’ve decided to keep back in. Try to place your belongings so that you remember where they are when you need them.
Step 6: Spray some air freshener.
To keep your car smelling clean for more than a day, spritz a nice scent inside before closing the doors. Car sprays are easy to find, but they’re even easier to make! All you need is 125 ml of distilled / purified water, 5 ml of rubbing alcohol and approximately 25 drops of essential oil of your choice to create a spray that will help keep your car smelling amazing. You can also add air fresheners that clip onto the vents, or hang one of those good old pine trees on your rearview mirror.