Are you sick of buying windscreen cleaner that just doesn’t work? Cleaning products for your car can be quite costly, especially if you have to keep buying products that don’t do what they say they will. Have you ever thought about making your own car cleaning products?
Making your own car cleaning products is relatively easy and can be a great way to save some money for more enjoyable things!
Home-Made Windscreen Cleaner
Windscreens can get rather dirty, especially if you do a lot of driving on dusty roads or at night. Here is one great option for a home-made windscreen cleaner that you probably won’t need to go to the shops for!
What You Need
- 950ml hot water
- 60ml white vinegar
- Lint-free cloth
Simply pour the white vinegar into a bowl and then add the hot water. Mix well, soak and wring out the cloth and wipe over the interior and exterior of your windscreen. Leave to dry. If you find the vinegar smell too strong, leave your windows down. This will help the smell escape. Store any of the remaining cleaner in a spray bottle in the garage or in the car (make sure you write the contents on the bottle).
You can even use this mixture when cleaning your mirrors and windows at home. The best thing about this cleaning solution is that it is economical, you are likely to have the ingredients at home in your pantry, and there are none of the problems you may come across when cleaning with chemicals.
Home-Made Car Wash
While you’re cleaning your windscreen with a home-made windscreen cleaner, why not use a home-made car wash to keep your car clean? This is another easy cleaning product where you are likely to have all the ingredients at home.
What You Need
- 3.5L warm water
- ½ cup baking soda
- ½ cup dishwashing liquid
- Micro-fibre cloth
Mix all together in a bucket and give your car a good wash. The baking soda is a mild abrasive which will help remove the day to day dirt and bugs that gets collected on your car.
Dust Free Environment
There are a few options to help you get rid of excess dust in the car (because who wants to be sneezing when driving along the freeway?) A can of compressed air can help clean dusty air vents and other small spots where it is difficult to get a cloth into. Alternatively for dust that is stuck, a small sponge (like a painting sponge) that is damp or cotton balls are good options.
Textured Surfaces and Dirt
If you’ve got textured surfaces in your car, it’s likely you’ve got dirt that is hard to remove. If you’ve got an old toothbrush laying around, it’s the perfect tool to help clean those textured areas.
Dirty Cup Holders
Are your cup holders dirty from kid’s bottles or your daily coffee? Those silicone muffin cups you have sitting around in the cupboard should fit perfectly. Once they get dirty, pop them in the dishwasher and put new ones in the car.
Best Items for Cleaning Your Car
When it comes to cleaning your car, you don’t really need a lot of products. If you’re keen to give home-made car cleaning products a go, you’ll need:
- Some micro-fibre or lint free cloths
- Dishwashing liquid
- Baking soda
- A bucket
- Spray bottle
What Products Shouldn’t You Use on Your Car
Sponges – sponges are made to scrub your car and not clean gently (despite how soft they may seem). They can scratch the paint and if used on your windscreen, over time they can slowly start to ruin the glass.
Ammonia – glass cleaning products like Windex contain ammonia which leaves streaks on your glass and can ruin any tinting. If you don’t want streaky glass or your tinting to peel off, best to stay away from ammonia-based cleaning products.
If your windscreens have been damaged through years of cleaning product use, or you simply have a crack or chip you want fixed, the team at Autoscreens can assist. We can replace or repair your windscreens, replace your car body glass and refit or reseal your windscreen if you are finding leaks after rain. Call the team today for your quote.