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Top 10 viral cleaning hacks for your car that will save you time and money – and you’ll have what you need at home

THE cost of living crisis rumbles on and one of the first things to go at a time like this is automated expensive car washes.

It's time to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself, but before you get started, make sure you consider these handy tips.

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Toothpaste can be used to help clean and clear foggy headlight coversCredit: Getty Images - Getty

TikTok is one of the best places to find cleaning tips, tricks and hacks. In fact, the hashtag #CleanTok has over 35.4 billion views.

The people at Vanarama have a look through and found the top 10

1. Use toothpaste to clean your headlights

Toothpaste is great for cleaning your teeth and your headlights, who knew? TikTok users recommend using an old toothbrush or cloth to gently rub the toothpaste in before wiping it away to reveal clear, shiny headlights.

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2. Remove stains with shaving foam 

TikTok users have been using the foam on their upholstery to remove stains, simply spray some on the seats, rub it in with your hands or a brush and then use a damp cloth to wash it off.

3. Clean your dashboard with olive oil

If your dashboard is looking a little dull, TikTok users suggest rubbing a few drops of olive oil into it with a soft cloth to give it a new lease of life. 

4. Vinegar prevents window smears

Using vinegar on your windshield and door windows will help you avoid any smears after you’ve washed them.

Simply wipe them down with vinegar before rinsing away with clean water. 

5. Use a paint brush to get into small crevices

TikTok users have found out that using a decorators paint brush is perfect for getting into spots that a normal cloth can’t.

Spray your cleaner around the interior of your car and use the brush to sweep the dirt away.

This is the perfect hack for getting dirt out of the nooks and crannies around your gear stick and the centre console. 

6. Use a squeegee to pick up pet hairs

The rubber strip on squeegees is great at picking up pet hairs, even better than a hoover!

Use this trick on your upholstery and carpets and hoover the results up. 

7. Use a silicone mould to collect drink spillages

Silicone moulds are perfect to slot into your drink holders ready to catch any spillages or crumbs.

Once they’re dirty, pop them out to clean and then put them back in. 

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8. Clean your leather with soaps

Mix a cup of mild dish soap or laundry detergent with a few cups of water and use a soft cloth to buff it into leather seats and armrests to get rid of any dirt that has built up.  

9. Reveal hidden dust with a massage gun

Using a massage gun on your floor mats and seats helps loosen the dirt and dust up so you can hoover it away. If you want to be shocked, try this after you’ve already hoovered to see how much more dirt appears! 

10. Use cotton swabs to clean air vents

TikTik car cleaners are a big fan of using swabs to get dust from hard-to-reach places such as your air vents.

Spray the area with your cleaner of choice and use a clean cotton swab tip to lift the dust.

This is also a great way of cleaning around the badge in the centre of your steering wheel. 

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