These best TikTok cleaning hacks will have you feeling like you’re working the car wash in no time and save you big piles of cash in the process – read on for everything you need to know
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TikTok has changed the way millions of people around the world consume information.
For some, it’s a way to get news. For others it’s a way to connect with favorite celebrities and for many – perhaps the biggest group – it’s a replacement for a one-on-one dance teacher.
For a group though, it’s a way to make life easier, to learn tips and tricks for things that struggled to find a place in life before the groundbreaking app was created.
Cleanup hacks have become a big part of the platform. The #CleanTok hashtag has over 35.4 billion views at the time of writing, while #CleaningTikTok has 16.9 billion.
Within this cleaning craze, one specific subgroup has remained particularly prevalent: the car wash community.
Vanarama car insurance experts have taken a deep dive into this trend and identified the top 10 car cleaning hacks when you’re giving your engine a boost this spring.
10 TikTok car cleaning tips
Use a brush
A decorator’s brush is a simple thing, but it can certainly get into spaces that your fabric can’t. Stick the cleanser into the crevices you have your eye on cleaning, then use your brush to wipe it all away.
This trick is great for cracks and gaps around your center console and gear lever.
Use a squeegee for pet hair
Dogs in your Dodge? Cats in your Caterham? Fear not, because that messy hair can be a thing of the past with the help of the humble rubber squeegee.
Use it to scrape along your upholstery and carpets, then vacuum the pile it collects. Easy.
Silicone mold to save drink spills
Although more of a preventative measure than a cleaning measure, fitting silicone molds around your engine’s cup holders will catch any drips that leak out of their receptacle while you’re on the road.
As soon as they get a little spooky, wash them themselves and you’re good to go.
Removes shaving foam stains
Shaving foam is a versatile cleaner and can be used on upholstery to remove stains in the cabin of your vehicle.
As scary as it sounds, spray some on the seats and scrub it off with your hands or a brush. Then wash it with a damp cloth.
Cleaning headlights with toothpaste
Take an old toothbrush or rag and gently rub it over the plastic housing of your headlights. They should look fresh and clear.
Olive oil on the dashboard
It sounds a little greasy, but if your dashboard seems a little lifeless, a few drops of the kitchen classic will make a dull or tired surface feel fresh again. However, be careful not to overdo it.
Vinegar on the windows
Vinegar on the windshield is a well-known car cleaning hack because it removes any streaks after cleaning your car.
Wipe these windows with water, then rinse them with water.
Clean your leather with soap
Mix mild dish soap and water, then use a soft cloth and buff the mixture into the leather seats. This will remove dirt from your leather and make it look like new in no time.
Blow away dust with a massage gun
Bring a massage gun to your floor mats and seats – the vibration will send dust into the air and help you identify areas that attract your vacuum’s attention.
Q-tips in the air vents
Q-tips or cotton swabs can be a deadly weapon in your arsenal when looking to clean dust from air vents and delicate bits of your car’s interior.
Spray the area of interest with a little cleanser, then stick it in with a clean bud. This trick will also work to clean grime around the logo badge on the steering wheel.