2013 was a big year for my daughter Britta! She graduated from college, took a 3 week trip to Europe, got married, and bought a new car! The car she bought could not have been more perfect for her. It’s a Morningsky blue Nissan Versa Note and it suits her to a “T”! It’s actually kind of funny to watch her “baby” that car…something she definitely gets from her FATHER. :-)
She takes such good care of her “baby”…making sure it’s well-maintained and super shiny clean! But as enthusiastic as she is about caring for her car, to her credit, she’s also very frugal-minded as well. Where as *I* tend to turn to the local car wash when my car needs some TLC, she turns to her own ingenuity. So the other day when she said she wanted to try making her own car upholstery cleaner I wasn’t surprised and I couldn’t wait to see the results!
The poor floor mats in my car took a serious beating this winter! This was bumming me out because this car is my baby, having bought it new last fall. But boy oh boy, did I see a HUGE improvement from using this cleaner! And I spent exactly $0 on it, because we already had everything on hand.
DIY Car Upholstery Cleaner
adapted from Creative Savings
- 3 Tbsp grated soap (I used Fels Naptha)
- 2 Tbsp Borax
- 10 drops lavender essential oil (optional for the nice smell!)
- 2 cups boiling water
Add all the add all the ingredients into a plastic bowl (you don’t want to take glass outside), and stir until the soap is dissolved and the mixture is foamy. Then take a stiff scrub brush, dip it in your cleaner, and scrub whatever part of your car needs some serious help. (I completely forgot to take pictures of this part, but it’s a pretty straight forward process.)
Scrub the upholstery with your brush, then wipe the area clean with a wet rag. It’s a good idea to have another bowl with you that is full of clean, warm water to rinse out the rag in periodically. If your upholstery or mats are as dirty as mine were, you may have to dump out your water and refill it with more clean water a couple of times throughout the process.
Once you’ve scrubbed up the dirt and wiped it all away, you’re done! Just give it a bit of time to dry in the sun.
I didn’t manage to get my driver’s side mat COMPLETELY clean with this first treatment, so I think I’ll try this process again on it to see what more I can get out of it.
But both mats are DRAMATICALLY cleaner than they were, don’t you think? And I didn’t need to spend a dime to get them that way! That’s a serious win-win in my book.