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9 Unusual Car Cleaning Tips to Have Your Car Looking (and Smelling) Brand New

9 Unusual Car Cleaning Tips to Have Your Car Looking (and Smelling) Brand New

Sometimes a trip to the car wash just won’t fit into a busy schedule, or it may just be too costly. Here you will find some of the most unexpected tips to have your vehicle looking and smelling brand new. Chances are, that you will also have these cleaning items at your home already, so a trip to the store won’t be necessary. These obscure tips aren’t just for small cleaning jobs either—combine them and your car will look like a professional took care of it.

1. Toothpaste to the Rescue

Headlights can get foggy over time, making it dangerous to operate the vehicle at night. Use toothpaste to scrub down the headlights, and then rinse with water and pat dry. Toothpaste will also clean vinyl or leather interior. Vacuum the excess dirt up first, and then dab on non-gel toothpaste on the stain. Wipe it off with a clean and damp cloth.

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2. Clean Out Your Air Ducts

Many people actually neglect the air ducts in their vehicle, leading to an unpleasant smell over time. To get the new car smell back, all that you need to do is use a can of compressed air to clean the vents out, and use a vacuum with a brush attachment to remove loose particles that were dislodged with the canned air.

3. A Spray Bottle and Squeegee Works Magic on Hair

Strands of hair, human and animal-like, can be annoying when they become trapped in the fibers of your car. All that you need to do is use a spray bottle of cold water and spray down the carpets and seats. Then, use a squeegee to rub over it and it will lift the hair into a clump so that you can remove it easily.

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4. Hair Conditioner on Water Spots

Waxing a car in the traditional sense can take hours upon hours to buff, shine, and repeat. Hair conditioner will remove existing water spots, and it can be applied after you have completely washed the vehicle to give it an amazing shine while preventing water spots from forming again.

5. Freshen Carpets

Trying to cover odors won’t work well if your carpets still stink! The carpets and floor mats are where most of the dirt and grime ends up, slowly forming an odor. Deep contaminants should be cleaned with a soda and vinegar mixture overnight, and let to air dry overnight. Sprinkle the carpets with cornstarch to soak up remaining liquids, and then vacuum it up. Use baking soda to neutralize any other lingering smells. After this has absorbed the odors, vacuum it up and love your new car smell.

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6. Keeping it Clean

The easiest way to have a clean car is to help it from getting dirty in the first place. For trash, always keep a few plastic bags tucked away so that you will always have a trash bag easily accessible when the time comes that you will need it. For the outside, use a car cover to prevent fading paint and water spots when you are not using the car.

7. Cream of Tartar

If you frequently travel over oil roads (often times found in rural areas), your windshield might become coated with an oil grime, thanks to the particles that get kicked up. To cut through this, use cream of tartar sprinkled on the windshield and then wipe down with a soapy water mixture. Rinse this off, and then dry well.

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8. Soda Water Cleans a Lot

Combine soda water and alcohol, and get a powerful cleaning agent that will also disinfect, and use it on both the interior and exterior of your car. The soda solution doesn’t leave streaks on surfaces like some traditional cleaners do.

Soda water and vinegar will clean upholstery and carpets simply by scrubbing the surface with a toothbrush and the solution.

Wipe your windshield wiper blades with a cloth that has been soaked in a soda and alcohol solution to help keep the blades from leaving streaks.

9. Vodka

If you need to fill the windshield washer fluid, you can use a mixture of 3 cups vodka (cheap is fine), 4 cups of water, and 2 teaspoons of liquid dishwashing detergent. Shake the mixture well and pour into the reservoir as needed.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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