In my single days, my car was immaculate!
I am one of those people who can spend three hours detailing my car. It’s a lot like baking for me, it soothes me.
In my twenties, some friends even paid me to clean their cars!
When this week’s challenge came up, I knew it was the perfect excuse to use some elbow grease on this filthy car.
The car took quite a hit this past fall and winter. I didn’t get a chance to give it a once-over before the cold weather hit.
So, now I’m making up for it with a deep clean!
In the past, I tried to use the safest options in the car, like a vinegar-based Windex and sometimes green clean spray.
But I never liked those options completely because they have additives and preservatives that I didn’t want my daughter breathing in while in such tight quarters.
I did some research and found that most of what I was already using in my house, luckily, works for the car as well! Essential oils to the rescue!
A simple solution for windows, and an even simpler one for the vinyl and dashboard. This was even easier than I thought. Yay!
- ¾ cup white vinegar
- ¼ cup distilled water
- 4 to 5 drops lemon essential oil (I used DōTerra)
- Add the white vinegar, distilled vinegar, and lemon oil to a 16- or 8-ounce dark glass bottle, then shake well to combine. Be sure to also shake the bottle prior to every use.
This window solution worked great, especially when I sprayed it onto the stickers my daughter stuck on the window next to her car seat.
I sprayed it on, holding a towel underneath to catch the excess and allowed it to soak into the stickers. Most of them peeled right off. The ones that were a little tougher took a second spray and a little scraping with my finger nail.
To wipe off the solution, I like using clean coffee filters the best on the windows (I tried the Brillo reusable towels, but it was streaky).
I was also able to use this solution to clean the insides of the doors, the handles, steering wheel, console, etc.
- ½ cup olive oil
- 8 drops tea tree essential oil
- Add the olive oil and the tea tree oil to a glass bottle or container, then shake to combine.
- To apply the solution, use a cloth to lightly dab it on and spread it over a vinyl surface. Be sure not to get too much in one spot—try to spread a thin layer.
- I suggest not using this mixture on your steering wheel, as it can be too slick for hands to grip. Also, do not use oil mixture on foot pedals!
As you can see by the pictures, the car is back to my good old detailing standards.
I’m hoping to do a better job this year keeping it clean!
I found an essential oil air freshening diffuser for my car at my local Whole Foods! It was very affordable!
You simply add your favorite oil scents to the little paper “cards” and put the diffuser into the lighter socket. The diffuser safely gives the car a clean smell. My new favorite car accessory!
Happy Spring Cleaning, everyone!