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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 December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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