Parents like us have so much to do besides seek out clean car tips, however, I’m here to tell you this: A Clean Car Will Take You Far.
If you want to have a clean family car but think it’s impossible because you have kids, you can think again. I have four rambunctious, messy kids and we pretty much live in the car. Yet, we have figured out how to keep my minivan clean.
Let me start by saying that it is not easy to have a clean family car. These clean car tips can be difficult to follow at times. My Honda Odyssey is not always sparkling. It is better than it used to be though and I feel good about driving it.
Clean Car Tips for Families
1. Get the kids to clean
One of the most important car cleaning tips I’ve learned along the way is to make sure I’m not the only one cleaning up the car. I tried that and it didn’t work. Making the kids clean up the car gives them some skin in the game. They then understand that the more they mess up the car, the harder it is to clean. Make sure the cleaning includes drink holders and under the car seats too.
2. Never stop cleaning
I learned this lesson the hard way. I have to do a little cleaning every day or else the Chick fil A containers and juice boxes and random pieces of paper will overtake the minivan. Every time I get out of the car (and I do mean every single time) I remind my kids to bring in their wrappers, toys and everything else. It gets tedious, but it works.
3. Use a car organizer
For my family, being organized is one of the best ways to have a clean family car. I keep drawstring bags in the trunk for extra balls, clothes, and road trip essentials. I was sent the Stow ‘N Go which is a seat back organizer. It has seven full-sized pockets and two drink holders in a washable, waterproof fabric. The top fastens around the headrest while the bottom fastens around the seat for a secure fit. I have two of them in the 3rd row that helps to collect basketball cards, matchbox cars and extra napkins for my 6 and 8-year-olds. It’s super useful and is only $11.
4. Go to the car wash
You can wash the car yourself. But when you have a bunch of kids like me, time is precious. About once a month I go to a car wash and let the machines work their magic. Then I spend some time vacuuming my Honda Odyssey to get it as factory-fresh as I can.
5. Put plastic bags in every row of the car
This is a simple trick that has helped my family so much. Putting a plastic shopping bag in the 2nd and 3rd row helps to keep all those little bits of garbage that end up all over the car. Once the bag is full, just tie it up and throw it away. Be sure to replace it though!
I hope these car cleaning tips can keep you sane! Good luck with all the carpool shifts, soccer drop-offs, and dinners on the go. May the clean car forces be with you!