March 10, 2022 7 min read

Car is an integral part of a modern family to meet every travel-related requirement. If you spend a significant chunk of time in the car, you must be familiar with the importance of maintaining a clean space inside your car. However, it is not always easy to maintain a clean interior in your car, especially if you have kids or pets. But your troubles can now be put to an end with some effective car cleaning tips. 

While cleaning your car, you need to follow a complete car cleaning specific method to ensure better results. Cars get dirty, and it's not always easy to clean them yourself. But once you have a few cleaning hacks in your hand, nothing can stop you. Here are ten tips for cleaning your car effectively without having to drag out a boot soap bucket and scrub brush.

1.    Use Special Car Wash Soaps and Kits for your Car Cleaning

There is a wide range of car wash soaps available in the market, but it's always better to choose the right one. The internet is the best place to check out which soaps are good and provide the best results. Do detailed research before buying any soap and check their results.

You can find some reviews from other customers to know if they worked or not. Avoid all those harsh cleaners that can cause damage to the seat material or paint of your car. Only use special mild cleaners for better results.

Baking Soda to clean car interior

2.    Try Baking Soda for Cleaning Interiors of Your Car

Baking soda can remove tough stains from upholstery, carpet, seats, and floor mats for good. Sprinkle baking soda on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before vacuuming it off with a vacuum cleaner or brush.

For cleaning grime, carpet and upholstery, sprinkle baking soda on the stain and place a damp cloth on it. Dip the cloth in water to create suds, then rub it out over the stain. Even the toughest stains like coffee and smoothies can also be cleaned with baking soda solution.

Vinegar car cleaning

3.    Use Vinegar for Stains on Car Upholstery

If you are looking for a natural cleaner for your car, vinegar is the best cleaner. It works effectively without any complicated procedure, and you don't have to spend a lot of money on it. All you need is white vinegar and water in equal amounts.

Combine these liquids in a spray bottle and shake them well before using them. Spray the mixture on the stain and wipe it off with a clean cloth after a few minutes. Wait till it dries, then use a dry cloth to clean areas. Repeat if necessary.

4.    Start from Top and Work Your Way Down

It's always better to start cleaning the top of your car and work your way down. This will help you avoid getting the mess and dirt on the upper area while cleaning lower regions. Clean roof and lights first, then do the inner roof, windows, seats, doors, and trim with special car cleaning solutions.

 Make sure that you go over every part of your car gently to avoid any scratches or marks on body paint. Go over it twice if you want to eradicate tough stains.

5.    Remove and Clean Floor Mats

If your floor mats are old and not causing any issues, then you can use a vacuum cleaner to remove dirt and grime from them. The dirt particles and debris get caught up with your mats or start piling under mats with regular use.

The ideal thing to do here is to remove all the mats from your car and then wash them separately. Once the mats are out, you can also clean the floor of your car quickly. After cleaning, let the mats dry correctly and place them back once dried off.

6.    Use Vacuum for Cleaning Interior and Seats

You don't have to spend a lot of money on a vacuum cleaner to clean your car. One that you already have in your garage can do the job too. Just set your vacuum at a low-pressure level for seats and high for mats and the floor of your car.

 It will help remove dirt and grime from your car effectively without spending too much money. You can also use a kitchen scrub brush for cleaning leather seats if necessary. Even the smallest and finest dirt particles or pet hair get removed when you vacuum your car regularly.

car screen cleaning

7.    Use Glass Cleaners for Cleaning Windows

Windows are the most challenging part of cleaning a car due to visibility issues. They are visible but at the same time hard to reach. Use glass cleaners for cleaning windows and make them shine again.

 Then, clean them with a rag or soft cloth, working from top to bottom without leaving any streaks behind. For scratch-free cleaning, it's advised to use glass cleaner pads instead of cloths.

8.    Clean Every Trace of Pet Hair

Pet hair is the biggest obstacle when it comes to cleaning upholstery. So, try using dry shampoo for removing pet hair from your car. It can easily clean your car without any effort, and you don't have to spend a lot of money on it.

Just spray an appropriate amount of Zoflora Pets line of products in your car's areas where you had pets or pet hair. After a few minutes, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the hair. This will not only completely eliminate any bad odour, but your car will smell fantastic.

Microfiber cloth car cleaning interior

9.    Use a Microfiber Towel to Clean Your Car

Before cleaning, make sure that you clean the interior well first by using a microfiber towel. Next, cleaning upholstery with this towel will help remove dirt and grime from every part of your car. This way, you can clean your car in less time and without effort. Microfiber towels are specially designed to clean dirt particles without causing any damage to the paint or body.

Did you try the Zoflora and Minky cloths?

Do you prefer a specific car micofiber pad? Check the Minky one.


10. Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals

It's not always necessary to use chemicals to clean the windows and doors of your car. All you need is water and plenty of it to clean every part of your car effectively without doing any damage to the paint. 

It will also help you remove smudges left behind by kids or pets. If needed, you can use a mild detergent in warm water to remove stains, but make sure that it doesn't contain any chemicals that can harm the paint coat on your vehicle.

Using specialised car cleaning tools is another great way to clean your car effectively without trouble with scratches or marks. Using these tips will make cleaning your car easier and more effective. Try these cleaning tips, and you can undoubtedly set better cleaning standards for your car.

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  • Make your car small fantastic and eliminate odours

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Bonus tip: How to Tackle Foul Smell in Your Car?

Effective cleaning requires support with deodorising to maintain a healthy interior of your car. It's pretty common to find unpleasant odours in cars due to the accumulation of dirt, dust, and debris. The accumulated dirt and debris are often the source of foul smells and contaminants on your car seats, upholstery, and floor mats.

However, there are many deodorising solutions available in the market that you can use to make your car smell good. Take a look at a few top products in the market.

1.     Zoflora Bluebell Woods

Green, leafy notes combine with spring bluebells in this nostalgic fragrance. Bring the woodland into your home with this delicate floral blend.

Our 3-in-1 action formula kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses that can cause illness and create bad odours, as well as filling your home with a beautiful long-lasting fragrance for at least 24 hours.

2.     Zoflora Mandarin & Lime

Energise your home with this fruity blend of zesty limes and juicy mandarin, combined with notes of basil and succulent peach.

Dilute and Spray It, Soak It, Wipe It, Mop It or use neat down drains and plugholes. Diluted in water, 500ml of Zoflora makes almost 20L of full-strength disinfectant.

3.     Zoflora Winter Spice

Winter Spice is a seasonal fragrance combining warming cinnamon and cloves, with orange and vanilla. A sweet and spicy blend for a welcoming winter home.

4.     Zoflora Pink Grapefruit

With powerful abilities to tackle viruses and bacteria with rejuvenating fragrance of Pink Grapefruit, this air freshener will give you an exquisite experience when driving. Pink grapefruit is a sweet-tart citrus fruit that is great for maintaining freshness in your car. This fruity fragrance will undoubtedly please your kids and will set a pleasant vibe in your car.

5.     Zoflora Costal Breeze (Pets)

Top notes of citrus and fig layer upon sea salt and sage and earthy base notes of cedar wood and patchouli in this fresh, fruity and uplifting blend.

All of our Zoflora Fresh Home fragrances have been specially formulated to be better tolerated by your pet's sense of smell.

Air fresheners are things of the past.

Adopt these car cleaning tips and keep any Zoflora diluted product in a small spray bottle in your car. Not only you'll enjoy your favourite fragrance, but your car will be a hygienic place for you and your loved ones.


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