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14 Products to Help You Keep Your Car Clean

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Jun 23, 2022

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If you’re like us, your car is a bit of a second home. It helps you complete your list of errands, is there when you wanna take a spontaneous road trip, and houses lots of things like extra pairs of shoes. Now it’s time to show [insert your car’s name] some love.

We’ve found items to help you clean, like a decal remover and tiny vacuum, plus things to keep your car organized. Let’s ride.

A tissue and mask holder to keep things within arm’s reach…

Are you someone who stores napkins and tissues haphazardly in the glove box? Not anymore. Try this dispenser that clips onto your car’s sun visor so you don’t have to reach over to the passenger’s side while driving. You can also fill it with disposable masks so you’re never caught without one. It even comes preloaded with ten masks to get you started. ($4.99, Amazon)

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A seat gap filler so you don’t have to fish for your phone or stranded fries…

Everyone knows about the space between the driver’s seat and the center console. Irksome, to say the least, especially when your cell or whatever drive-through treat you’re eating falls down there. This plush neoprene pillow will fill in that annoying gap and fits most cars. ($24.99, Amazon)

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A back seat cover to protect against muddy paws…

Made out of waterproof cotton that’s easy to vacuum and spot clean, this cover will keep your seats mud-, hair-, and slobber-free when your furry friend is riding with you. It fits in most cars and works for pooches of all sizes. It also has heavy-duty headrest anchors to make sure it won’t slide around as you drive. ($37.99, Amazon)

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A mesh organizer to keep your stuff in one place…

We all have random items floating around our cars. To keep the floor from becoming way too cluttered, this mesh holder attaches to the driver’s and passenger’s seats, sitting between them. The netted material acts like a catchall, keeping your purse from turning over and spilling. It also serves as a barrier for pets in the back seat. Customers like that it holds steady and doesn’t flop around while they drive. ($18.98, Amazon)

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A set of headrest hooks perfect for handbags…

An infamous age-old question: Where do I put my handbag while I’m driving? Answer it with these handy handbag hooks that fasten to the back of a headrest. They’re very sturdy and can also be used to hang groceries, shopping bags, an umbrella, or a water bottle. ($6.99/4 pack, Amazon)

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A vacuum cleaner specifically meant for a car…

Few vacuum cleaners are nimble enough to tackle the abundant nooks and crannies of your vehicle. This one is lightweight, compact, and has a HEPA filter to remove all manners of dust, dirt, and leftover drive-through food crumbs. It also has powerful suction and comes with three tiny attachments for an even deeper clean. Customers say it works great for pet hair as well. ($34.99, Amazon)

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A tool that removes stickers and decals…

Say you have a sticker on your back window that did not age well. To remove, just attach this wheel to a standard drill. The wheel will gently scrub off the unwanted decal and is safe to use on paint and glass. It’s much faster and less dangerous than using a chemical spray. Customers say they’ve also used the tool to buff away paint scuffs and scratches. ($17.99, Amazon)

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A microfiber cleaning tool for your windshield…

You’ll regret neglecting your windshield the next time there’s a downpour. With just a few swipes, this nonabrasive cloth will wipe your windshield sparkling clear. You can use it with or without a cleaner and it can also be used to dust other household items. Once you’re done, just throw it in the washing machine. ($14.99+, Amazon)

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A cleaner to keep your leather seats looking like new…

Easily remove dirt, oil, and stains from your leather seats with this nontoxic, natural cleaner. There’s no need to mix it with anything else, just apply with a cloth, wipe away the excess, and let the seats dry. You can also use it on faux-leather and beyond the car on items like handbags, shoes, and jackets. ($18.95, Amazon)

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A hanging trash can so you have somewhere to put used tissues and food wrappers…

Trash can easily disappear in a car and tossing stuff in the back seat never ends well. Fasten this hanging can to the back of a headrest and collect items easily. The interior is waterproof, so even if you toss in drinks, it won’t leak. The garbage also comes in three sizes, depending on your needs (size up if you’re a bigger family). Customers say it pairs well with the car-sized trash bags for easy removal. ($7.99+, Amazon)

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A trunk organizer that folds up when not in use…

Keep this stashed in your trunk, and when you need it, pop it open. The cubbies are made from durable polyester fabric and are perfect for separating sports equipment or beach supplies. It also has four exterior pockets for smaller items. Fold it up once you’re done. Piece of cake. ($24.99, The Container Store)

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A cleaning gel sticky enough to grab tiny crumbs…

Smush and stick this gel into any place that’s hard to clean, like air vents, the console panel, and the inside of cup holders. It’s super tacky and will grab dust and dirt, but won’t fall apart in your hands. The best part is that it can be reused. ($6.98, Amazon)

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A registration holder so you always know where it is…

When you got your first car, chances are your parents made sure you knew where the registration was located. Do you still know where it is? Is it in that same spot? If not, why not keep everything tidy and in one place with this compact holder? It has five pockets to organize insurance cards, registration cards, and emergency information. Just keep it available in your glove box. ($8.99, Amazon)

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An expandable bar if your car doubles as a closet…

If you often have extra clothes lying around your car, then this bar will become your unsung hero. It’ll attach to either grab handle in your back seat, and has both raised grips and dividers so clothes won’t slide back and forth while you’re driving. It’s great for road trips or moving large amounts of clothing from one place to the next. We’re sold. ($21.99, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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