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If you’ve got a dirty car, you don’t have to spend a fortune on name brand use-specific cleaning products. Instead, here are five common household products that you can easily use to clean and freshen up your car.

Baking Soda

Sprinkle some baking soda into your car’s carpeting and after a few minutes, it will absorb any moisture from old spills along with odors. Brush it into the fibers and then vacuum it up after a few minutes.


Use vinegar to help get out serious stains like ink and grease. Put a small amount onto the stain, gently dab it, then use a damp cloth to remove as much as you can. The vinegar smell will quickly fade away along with your stain.


To brighten up your clouded headlight covers, use some toothpaste. Use an old toothbrush to scrub it onto your headlights, then rinse it away with water.


The carbonation in a can of cola can help clear away any corrosion that has built-up on your battery terminals. Just pour it on, let it bubble, and then scrub with a wire brush.

Laundry Detergent

If you have leather seats that are looking shabby, you can use a small amount of liquid laundry to get the dirt out of the wrinkles and creases. Just apply it to a soft cloth, rub it in a circular motion, and then quickly remove the detergent with a damp cloth. Use a detergent like Woolite that is meant for dark colors.

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