Gross! Spring clean the dirtiest places in your car

Spring cleaning doesn't just mean your house!

As much as we don’t want to admit it, we’d be totally lost without our cars. Big or small, we use our vehicles for everything. The average American spends over an hour per day in the car. And when you combine all that time with pets and drive-thru food and drinks, you’ve got a recipe for a dirty car.

Unfortunately, keeping your car clean isn’t quite as simple as it seems. In fact, the germiest places in your car are frequently missed when you clean.

Here are the five dirtiest places in your car and how to spring clean your car:

Steering wheel and gear shift.

Many people assume that the grimiest parts of their cars are on the outside, but the steering wheel and gearshift have more germs per centimeter than any other place in your car. Luckily, they can be quickly cleaned by a wipe down with a disinfectant wipe (we recommend you keep a box in the car).

Handles.

Like the steering wheel and gearshift, dirty hands touch the car door handles all the time. Luckily, these are easily disinfected and cleaned with basic baby wipe cleans.

When you’re focused on keeping your home, family, and funds organized, cleaning your car can be the last thing on your mind. And it can sometimes feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle with fast food crumbs and energetic pets. Just don’t give up! If you’re thinking about selling your car in the future or handing it down to your kids when they’re old enough, it’s important to make sure it’ll last. By incorporating a ten-minute car cleanse into your weekly chores, you can avoid the stink and protect your investment.

Under the carpets.

Unfortunately, it’s not enough to just vacuum over your car’s carpet. Most of the dirt finds its way under the surface carpets, so always remove the car mats and make sure to vacuum thoroughly. Even better, take the mats out of the car and beat the surface of them outside. You’ll be amazed at all the dirt, rocks and dust (maybe even a few French fries) that remained in them even after you vacuumed.

Windows.

Rain, dirt, and dust collect on the outsides of windows, and fingers leave oils on the inside. To get rid of grimy dirt on the outsides, try a mixture of vinegar and water (mix 50% distilled white vinegar and 50% tap water). Another variation is pouring fizzy cola down your windshield. However, this can be a bit messy so cover the hood of your car with a towel to protect the paint, and rinse the windshield thoroughly afterward.

Windshield wipers.

Dirty wipers simply smear that dirt around your windows and leave streaks through your path of vision. Make your own solution with ¼ cup household ammonia and one-quart of water. Soak a rag in the fluid and rub over both sides of the blades, and dry with another rag before putting them back into place.