Driving doesn’t have to be a bothersome experience, as long as you ensure that the vehicle you are in is well cleaned and organised. Well, this is certainly easier said than done, especially if you have children in the back seat and little to no free time to take the car to a car wash whenever it gets dirty.
Whether you are a busy mum or you just wish to keep the car in a presentable state for longer, you need to consider a few things in that regard:
Use baby wipes for surfaces – a weekly wipe off most visible surfaces in the car will hardly take you more than 10 minutes, but it is going to have a huge impact on how clean the environment inside is. Just use baby wipes for this job – they are cheap, available everywhere and really easy to use. They do wonders when wiping hard surfaces and accidental spills. Baby wipes are definitely a must have the item in your car.
Keep a trash can in – there are multiple trash can types of containers specially designed for cars now. If you have children or you just drive for long hours and keep bottles and snacks nearby, you will want a place to toss the trash in and such a container makes the best candidate. It saves you the need to toss everything on the back seat or under the seat and keeps clutter under control.
Clean the cup holders – the cup holders often accumulate a lot of spills and dust. Consider all of the coffee cups they have held and how much sticky grime may be accumulated in case of spills and splatters. What you need to do is take a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol and thoroughly clean any sticky grime in the cup. You can also acquire coasters to place on the bottom so that there is some protection at least.
Use car organisers – car organisers are now everywhere – you can buy them at pretty much every car store, petrol station and supermarket. These are very nice in keeping your car well-organised and free of clutter. A car organiser can be placed in the trunk to keep all groceries, bags and sports equipment you use. Inside the car, you can hang one organiser on the back side of every seat, where bottles, toys, books, magazines and other items can be kept.
A document holder – if you don’t want to lose important documents inside your car, you should get a document holder. Insurance, contacts, registration and pretty much everything you need can be all in one place in a document holder, which you can keep in the compartment in front. Don’t keep the holder in the car though, just in case.
Keep food well-contained – one of the main reasons for splatters and spills in every car is food. Eating on the go may be practical, but dangerous too. You can avoid a lot of trouble if you get a sectioned caddy for all of your food needs. Place the food of your children in the compartments and hope that the odds of them not making a mess are in your favour.
By following these tips, you ensure that the vehicle stays well-organised and clean most of the time. Don’t think that you can get away without taking the car to a car wash or calling for mobile car valeting services though!