We all need to clean our cars a little more. It always comes up at a bad time for us though, so here are a few tips for quick ways to clean your car:
Shine those car lights
Keep your headlights polished by applying window cleaner and rubbing vigorously with an old pair of panty hose.
A one-step window cleaner
If you need to quickly clean your windshield and car windows, do so by rubbing them with baby wipes stored in your glove compartment.
Clean your blades
If your windshield wiper blades get dirty, they’ll streak the glass instead of keeping it clean and clear. Make a solution of 1/4 cup household ammonia to 1 quart cold water. Gently lift the blades, and wipe both sides with a soft cloth or paper towel soaked in the solution. Then wipe the blades with a dry cloth before lowering them into place.
Baking-soda car cleaner
When you have a little more time to actually wash your car– pour 1/4 cup baking soda into a gallon-sized jug, then add 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid and enough water to fill the jug almost to the top. Screw on the cap, shake well, and store the concentrate for later use. When it comes time to wash the car, shake the jug vigorously and then pour 1 cup of cleaner base into a 2-gallon water pail. Fill the pail with warm water, stir to mix, and your homemade cleaning solution is ready to use.
Banish back-road dirt
If you find yourself driving along back roads often, your windshield may end up coated with oily grime. To cut through it, sprinkle cream of tartar over the windshield, and then wipe the glass down with soapy water, rinse well, and dry.
Watch the heat
Washing your car when it’s too hot—right after you’ve been driving it, for example, or when it’s been parked in direct sunlight—can result in soapy splotches and deposits.
Avoid air drying
Also, air drying your car—or driving it around while it’s wet—after washing can leave unsightly watermarks on its exterior. Use a chamois or a soft terry cloth, plus a squeegee to soak excess water up—just make sure it doesn’t pick up dirt that can scratch the vehicle.