You try your best to keep your car clean so that it doesn’t become a rubbish bin with wheels – but when you have kids this can be pretty hard to do. Little kids are walking mess factories and they will make every environment they are in so much more dirty and chaotic – including your car.
However, it is possible to keep your car relatively clean even if you often commute with little ones. There are some strategies that you can use to maintain order and cleanliness within your vehicle despite the messiness of your kids. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
- Make sure that you always have a rubbish receptacle in the car, whether it is a plastic container or a trash bag. Being able to put all food wrappers, empty cups and other rubbish in a bin will make the car so much tidier.
- There are organizers that are designed to hang on the back of the driver’s seat and can hold books, snacks and toys. They are very handy and can keep the car much more organized.
- Keep a package of baby wipes in the car with you. Not only can they be used to clean up sticky faces and hands before they make a mess, but they can also be used to wipe down the hard surfaces of the inside of the car and remove dirt and dust from the dashboard.
- Vacuum the vehicle on a regular basis. Remove all of the floor mats and vacuum the carpet of the car, as well as the seat upholstery. This will help you get rid of all of those Cheerio crumbs, sand and other debris.
- Avoid having very messy food in the car that could stain the interior, such as hot dogs with ketchup or dripping, melting ice cream. Stop the car and go somewhere outside where your kids can eat without making a mess of the car’s interior.
- Never leave half eaten food in the car, or wrappers with food residue on them. The smell builds up quickly and it can really be quite nasty.
- You can make your own carpet freshener with a cup of baking soda and a few drops of essential oil. Shake it up together and let it sit for 24 hours, then shake it onto the carpets of your car. Let it sit for 30 minutes after sprinkling it on and then vacuum it up.
- Try to get in the habit of removing things from the car every day. So, if your child brings toys or books in the car with them make sure that those toys and books end up back in the house at the end of the day. It’s easy to just let stuff build up in the car, but getting in this habit will help you to reduce car clutter.
- Get a plastic organizer or folder for all of your car documents such as your registration, insurance and other details. That way if you get pulled over or need to show it for any reason, you can quickly grab it.
- Enlist your children to help you clean up the car. It will teach them about responsibility and cleaning up after themselves and many hands make light work.
- An air freshener can be a great way to keep your car from smelling stale and funky.
- Once or twice a month it is a good idea to give your car a thorough clean inside and out. This will give you a chance to remove some of the grime before the vehicle becomes too much of a disaster zone.
- Car boot liners are essential for the boot of your car, so that you don’t stain the interior of the boot when carrying messy items. There are boot liners available that are specific to your make of car, such as a Volkswagen or Volvo Boot Liner.
It is important to remember that having a completely spotless car is a little bit impossible when you have kids. Nothing in your life is going to be pristine and spotless when little ones are around – and that’s okay. The important thing is that you have good habits and that you do a few little things that really add up to keeping your car clean. Also, when you keep up with good tidy habits your kids will learn from this and these good habits will help them with their life in the future.