DIY Car Wash: How to Detail Your Car [Slideshow]

Dirt and grime can build up fast in your car, from the broad exterior to the those tiny crevices in your dashboard. Luckily, with a few cleaning tools and a little know-how, you can get the same sparkling results as you would with a professional detail job. Learn how to detail your car with these 10 tips.

1. Detailing your car

Clean every nook and cranny in your car, including dashboard crevices, seat belts, floor mats, tires, windows and more.

2. Between the seats

Use canned air to clean places you can’t reach, such as the area between your seats and the center console.

3. Floor mats

To properly clean your floor mats, remove them from your car and soak them in water and laundry detergent. Then, take a stiff brush or broom and scrub. Rinse thoroughly and let dry before putting them back in your car.

4. Dashboard and door panels

To clean the dashboard and door panels, you can use a firm toothbrush to loosen dust and debris stuck in the crevices. Then use a vacuum and wipe down with a damp cloth.

5. Seats

Use a lint roller to collect accumulated debris on your car seats. Clean seats made of fabric upholstery thoroughly, as they tend to attract dirt, crumbs and stray hairs.

6. Seat belts

You can clean your seat belts by wiping them down with a cotton cloth dipped in a mix of warm water, dish detergent and vinegar.

7. Tires

Clean your tires with a non-acid based cleaner and a tire brush or soft paintbrush. Then wash it off with some water.

8. Headlights

Don’t forget to clean your headlights! Dirty lights won’t have the same level of brightness, and can make it more difficult to see at night. Take a cloth with a small amount of toothpaste, and rub headlights in a circular motion.

9. Trunk

Remove all trash and empty out your trunk. Then vacuum any dirt and debris. If there are any stains in your trunk, you can use a carpet cleaner to remove them.

10. Windows

The last step in a DIY car wash is to clean the windows and mirrors. Use a glass cleaner and microfiber cloth to wipe down the windows as well as the rear and side-view mirrors.

Once your car is clean as a whistle, finish the job with a beautiful shine. Check out our DIY guide to car waxing and have your car looking better than ever.