It looks gross, there’s food everywhere, and you can’t get your dog to lie down. Here are 17 solutions to your car troubles no matter who you are.
The lid seals out any smells and you can toss the whole thing when it’s full.
Try something that used to hold cleaning supplies like wipes or dishwasher soap to mask the smell. Get the tutorial for this one at Calico and Cupcakes.
This OXO Travel Wipes Dispenser ($15.62) is great to keep in your glove compartment. You can use them to clean up messes in the back seat, too, like sticky finger residue from the kiddos or paw prints from the pup.
Get the full tutorial from Pretty Prudent.
Find this at Simply Kierste.
Careful not to oversaturate your seats because they’ll smell. You just want to use a damp towel to wipe them off. You can also use toothpaste or nail polish remover to remove stains. Check out DIY Network for a more elaborate explanation.
When the cupcake liners get dirty, just toss them in the dishwasher. Check out more great tips for keeping your car clean from One Good Thing By Jillee.
No kidding, most car mats are dishwasher safe. Check it out on One Crazy House.
Buy this one at Amazon for $17.99. You could also consider buying an extra-long USB cable so that your friends in the back can use their phone while it’s plugged in. It’s probably best to buy one directly from Apple—like this one which is 10 feet long—so you don’t get stuck with one that shorts out your battery.
This won’t totally get the job done, but will clean up the cosmetics enough that the scratches won’t be too noticeable. Check out the full tutorial from BuzzFeed Nifty here.
Never carry in one bag at a time again.
You can use whatever bag you like, but get the tutorial to make this adorable, super simple Travel Kit bag here.
Here are a few ideas of items you could stash: Bandaids, contacts, baby wipes (OF COURSE), tissues, tampons, a bit of mad money for when you’re in a bind, a stack of quarters (for parking), gum, deodorant, hand sanitizer, Advil, nail file, Tide stick, compact umbrella.
Check out this awesome tutorial from Elementary Organization.
The steering wheel feels like it’s 180 degrees because it probably is.
You can use cooking spray to prevent your car doors from sealing shut and cover your windshield wipers with socks to keep them from freezing. A sock full of kitty litter also prevents frost. See the whole list here.