5 Car Cleaning Hacks to Rejuvenate Your Ride

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It’s a shame how quickly that new car look fades. Sure, you want to keep your ride showroom-bright from tire to tire, but the thought of cleaning it yourself seems so time consuming – until now. We’re kicking off our car hacks series with 5 cleaning hacks to help you bring back the glisten without losing your weekend.

1. Use toothpaste to scrub headlights

Your once-unblemished headlights don’t have the clarity they used to. Use a tube of blue toothpaste to clean the smudges (make sure the toothpaste does not contain peroxide, a whitening agent, or any other additives). Apply the toothpaste to the lens cover, rub with a cloth and rinse with water. Good as new.

2. Blow dust and lint away with a leaf blower

For a quick and powerful sendoff, use a leaf blower to dispatch hard-to-get-to crumbs and dust bunnies.

3. Make registration sticker remnants old news

Outdated license registration stickers never want to come off in one piece. Simply wet a piece of newspaper with warm water and place it over the sticker for 10 minutes. Then wipe the leftover bits and pieces away with ease.

4. Remove old bumper stickers with WD-40

Bumper stickers need to go? Spray WD-40 on the area and let it set for a few minutes. The spray helps easily remove the sticker, as well as any remaining dirt.

5. Make your car sparkle with hair conditioner

Giving your locks that extra shine isn’t the only thing hair conditioner is good for. Fill a bucket with two cups of water and ½ a cup of hair conditioner that contains lanolin. Cover your car with the mixture and use a microfiber cloth to make sure it’s spread out evenly. Finish up by hosing down your ride and drying it off with a towel.


Your car’s hygiene may be covered, but the hacks don’t end there. Check back for more articles in our car hacks series to make life easier for you and your beloved whip.