While it can be tricky to keep the floors in your home clean during the wet winter months, it’s nothing compared to how dirty you car’s floors can get! My car’s floor mats are caked in a layer of dirt, debris, and road salt after a winter of non-stop snowstorms.
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But thankfully, the weather has been warming up in the past couple of weeks. And now that the sun is out, I’ve been thinking that it’s high time I give the inside of my car some much needed TLC! So today I’ll be sharing an easy recipe for a great DIY car upholstery cleaner, just in case your car could use a good cleaning as well. :-)
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Why Make Your Own Car Upholstery Cleaner?
There are a couple of reasons why it’s worth going the DIY route to clean the interior of your car. The first reason is that it’s surprisingly easy! You only need a few simple ingredients to make this cleaner, and it doesn’t actually take that long to use it. In just an hour or two, this cleaner will leave your car looking as clean as the day you drove it off the lot at the dealer.
My other favorite thing about this particular cleaning solution is that it’s really affordable! The ingredients are very inexpensive, AND you’ll be saving a small fortune by doing the actual cleaning yourself. (Have you ever paid to have your car’s interior detailed? It can easily cost upwards of $100!) Using this DIY approach will leave your car’s interior clean and fresh without emptying your wallet in the process.
So let’s get down to business, shall we? :-)
How To Make A DIY Car Upholstery Cleaner
*Note: If your car’s interior is really dirty or stained, use less water for a more concentrated cleaning formula. Otherwise, I’d recommend using closer to 4 cups of water for a less concentrated, easy-rinse formula.
Step 1 – Make The Cleaner
Add the soap, borax, water, and lavender oil (if using) to your bucket, then stir until the soap dissolves and the mixture is foamy.
Step 2 – Scrub
To clean cloth seats, dip a sponge into the cleaner and dab stains and soiled areas. (If you made a more concentrated cleaner, use it sparingly to make it easier to rinse later.)
To clean carpeting or floor mats, follow the same steps above but use a scrub brush instead of a sponge. Carpeting is more resilient than cloth seats are, so don’t be afraid to give them a good scrub.
Step 3 – Rinse
To rinse cloth seats, use a clean, damp cloth to absorb the loosened dirt and the cleaner out of the seats. I find it helpful to keep a bowl of clean water nearby while I do this so I can rinse out my damp cloth as I go. (If your upholstery is really dirty, don’t be surprised if you have to replace the dirty rinse water a few times!)
To rinse removable floor mats, it’s quicker and easier to just spray them down with your garden hose. Spray them until the dirt and soap are all rinsed away, then use a few dry towels to soak up any excess water.
Step 3 – Dry
Once you’ve rinsed out all the dirt and cleaner from your seats and/or carpets, you’re done! Find a sunny spot to let everything dry for a few hours, and reward yourself for a job well done.
Now, who’s up for a road trip? ;-)
What’s your best tip for keeping the interior of your car clean?