Your car also catches dust, grease, and dirt same as any other useable stuff, you can easily clean the car interior at home as you wash it externally. From dropping kids at school in moring to picking up late-night cravings food, you are using your car, and it’s impossible that it doesn’t get dirty. You have to give car interior cleaning priority as it’s external cleaning. Let’s discuss how to clean car interior at home.

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Clean Car Interior at Home

Cleaning the car interior at home is not a difficult task, you just need some cleaning materials and tools along with spare time to make your car look new inside out. As we know, Cleaning the interior of a car not only protects you from various diseases and health issues that develop due to a dirty car environment but also enhances its look and value. Cleaning the car interior is an important part of car maintenance.

Step 1 Clean a Roof

Materials and Tools
  • Water
  • Shampoo
  • Spray Bottle
  • Soft Bristle Brush
  • Microfiber Cloth
Instructions
  • Before cleaning the interior roof of your car it's recommended to cover your car dashboard and center console so that electrical equipment will be safe during the cleaning process.
  • Then open the windows and doors of the car for ventilation.
  • Prepare a cleaning solution by mixing shampoo and water in a spray bottle, you can also use a cleaning solution for the interior from the market.
  • Then spray cleaning solution on the roof and scrub it well with the help of a soft bristle brush, don't use any hard brush or cloth on the roof headliner.
  • If your car roof had hard stains, it's recommended to mix vinegar and baking soda in a solution for┬áremoving hard stains.
  • Then wipe and dry your car's interior roof with a soft cloth.
  • Finally, let it dry, and keep your windows and doors open for airflow.
  • You can also steam clean the car interior roof if you or your friend had a steam cleaner.
clean car roof

Step 2 Clean the Seats

Materials and Tools
  • Water
  • Shampoo
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Spray Bottle
  • Vaccum
  • Soft Bristle Brush
  • Microfiber Cloth
Instructions
  • Before starting seat cleaning car seats at home, keep doors and windows open for ventilation.
  • Firstly, remove debris like rappers, tissues, and other useable stuff like toys, or bags from seats.
  • Then use a vacuum to remove dust from seats, you can even use a clean soft bristle brush to remove dirt from seats.
  • Secondly, make a cleaning solution by mixing water, shampoo, vinegar, and baking soda into a spray bottle. You can use this solution for upholstered car seats as well as for cleaning leather car seats.
  • Then spray a little amount of cleaning solution on seats, make sure to not use an excessive amount of solution as it may cause mold in your car seats.
  • Using a soft bristle brush, scrub well all over the seats.
  • Then pat dry with a microfiber cloth.
  • Finally, let it dry by keeping your car's doors and the window open.
clean car seats

Step 3 Clean the Floor Mats and Carpet

Materials and Tools
  • Water
  • Detergent
  • Brush
  • Tub/ Bucket
Instructions
  • Firstly, pull out floor mats from the car.
  • After removing mats vacuum or brush the surface of the car.
  • After removing mats, vacuum the carpet of the car if your car carpet has stains then clean them by using a mixture of vinegar, baking soda, water, and soap. Follow the same procedure which you had used for cleaning the car roof.
  • Once floor mats are taken out, clean dirt and dust from them using the brush.
  • Then take a tub or bucket and fill it with warm water, then add detergent to it.
  • Then dip your car mats in the water, and scrub well using a brush.
  • Take them out and rinse with water.
  • Finally, hang them to dry.
  • Once your car is fully cleaned ut them back in place.
clean car floor mats

Step 4 Clean the Windows and Mirrors

Materials and Tools
  • White Vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray Bottle
  • Microfiber Cloth
Instructions
  • Firstly, add white vinegar and water to a spray bottle, shake well to mix and your homemade window cleaning solution is ready to use.
  • Then spray your homemade car cleaning solution onto windows and mirrors.
  • Then using a microfiber cloth wipe it to dry.
clean car windows

Step 5 Clean the Door Panels

Materials and Tools
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Bowl
  • Microfiber Cloth
Instructions
  • Keep your car doors open so that cleaning door panels will be easy for you.
  • Firstly, in a bowl mix water and vinegar
  • Then dip a microfiber cloth in it, and strain the cloth to remove the excess solution.
  • Door panels are either made of vinyl or cloth or leather so keep in mind how to deal with each one.
  • Then use a damp microfiber cloth and clean the door panel and pockets of doors.
  • Then keep your doors open to let them dry properly.
clean car door pannels

Step 6 Clean a Dashboard

Materials and Tools
  • Mineral oil
  • Bowl
  • Microfiber Cloth
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Duster
Instructions
  • Firstly, using a duster, remove dust from the dashboard of the car.
  • Then use Cotton swabs to clean debris from small holes and knobs of vents.
  • Once the dust is removed, take a microfiber cloth and pour some drops of mineral oil on it.
  • Then clean the dashboard with it.
  • Once cleaned, wipe with another clean microfiber cloth to remove any fingerprints.
  • Don't use mineral oil on steering, paddles, or any surface that operates the controlling system as it may cause slipperiness and could result in a hazard event.
clean car dashboard

Step 7 Clean a Steering Wheel

Material and Tools
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Baking Soda
  • Microfiber Cloth
  • Bowl
Instructions
  • Firstly, in a bowl mix vinegar and baking soda with water.
  • Then dip a microfiber cloth in the mixture, then strain it.
  • Finally, wipe down your steering wheel with a microfiber cloth, this will not only clean your steering but also disinfect it as baking soda has great anti-bacterial properties.
clean car steering

Step 8Clean a Center Console

Materials and Tools
  • Water
  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Microfiber Cloth
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Bowl
Instructions
  • Firstly, in a bowl make a solution by combining water, vinegar, and baking soda.
  • Then dip a microfiber cloth in the solution and strain it to remove the excess solution.
  • Then clean cup holders, gear sticks, and other surfaces of the console with a damp cloth.
  • If your cup holders are removable then clean them after removing them, and reinstall them when they are cleaned and dry.
  • For cleaning small holes use a cotton swab to clean them.
clean car console

Step 9 Clean the Seat Belts

Materials and Tools
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Liquid Soap
  • Spray Bottel
  • Brush
  • Microfiber Cloth
Instructions
  • In a spray bottle mix vinegar, water, and liquid soap.
  • Then spray it on seat belts.
  • Then using a soft bristle brush scrub them gently.
  • Finally, wipe them dry using a microfiber cloth.
  • Let them dry by keeping your car's doors open.
clean car seat belts

Step 10 Remove Odor from Car

Materials and Tools
  • Baking Soda
  • Essential Oil
  • Plastic Bag
  • Vaccum
Instructions
  • Firstly, sprinkle baking soda on your car floor and seats.
  • Then let it sit overnight, baking soda reacts as a deodorizer and removes odor from your car.
  • Then vacuum it
  • You can make your car freshener by mixing baking soda and essential oil of your choice.
  • Seal your homemade freshener in a plastic bag and keep it in your car for a fresh smell.
remove odor

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