As a car owner, you want your car to look clean and well-polished all the time. It needs to be pleasant to the eye—both externally and internally. Though car detailing is often a job for the professionals, it can also be DIY if you master the tricks.
DIY car detailing doesn’t have to be expensive. It also doesn’t have to be complicated. You don’t have to use standard auto cleaners or polishing solutions as those used in auto shops either. Sometimes, you just need to come up with something crazy. In that respect, here are 5 insane hacks you’d wish you knew:
- Toothpaste for the Headlights
Do you know that ordinary toothpaste is a powerful car cleanser and polisher? It cleans off debris and cloudiness from the headlights the same way it cleans your teeth. It also restores the natural spark of your headlights if regularly used. To do this hack, you’ll need to:
- Apply toothpaste to the headlights and wait for a few seconds for it to act
- Scrub the headlights using a toothbrush
- Rinse off the paste with clean water
- Nail Polish for the Scratches
If the body of your car has minor scratches, you don’t have to take the car to a repair shop. This is something that you can fix easily with nail polish. You just have to pick a matching color to cover the scratches. The technique is both cheap and time-saving. Unlike car paint, nail polish takes a shorter time to dry up and you can wipe it off easily with acetone if applied improperly.
- Hair Condition for the Car Body
Instead of using commercial auto cleaners, you can use a hair conditioner. It contains powerful ingredients that can help get rid of dirt and stain from the body of your car. In addition to cleaning the car body, a hair conditioner can help to polish it. You can use it to restore the natural shine and texture of your car.
- Old Sock for the Cup Holders
Your cup holders need cleaning regularly to give you the best performance. This is a detailing work that’s normally done at a car servicing shop. You can save money if you do it yourself by following these steps:
- Tie an old sock around a steady coffee cup and insert it into the cup holder
- Twist it to absorb dust, dirt, and grime
- Repeat the procedure as many times until the coffee cups are clean
- Charcoal Bag for Odor Absorption
Your friends and family may call you nuts when they see a bag of charcoal lying on your car backseat. What they may not understand is the fact that charcoal is a great odor absorber. It helps to get rid of the bad smell associated with sweat and poor indoor air circulation. You don’t have to place a big charcoal bag inside your car but just a small one. This should be done at least once a week.
Regular car detailing is necessary if you want your car to look nice and feel comfortable. It’s something you can do yourself at home. As seen, some of the above-highlighted hacks are just insane. This makes them worth trying as they are cheap and promise to yield practical results.