8 Cleaning Essentials You Should Always Keep in Your Car
Clean up everything from on-the-go spills to streaky windows with the help of these problem solvers in your car’s cleaning caddy.
SKIP*HOP Duo Signature Diaper Bag in Chevron
Keep your cleaning supplies contained and portable by stashing them in this durable diaper bag. If anything spills, it’s easy to wipe clean.
To buy: $65; bedbathandbeyond.com.
Scotch-Brite Lint Roller
Use this wardrobe essential for quick clothing touch-ups before you head in to work or to pick up crumbs from your vehicle’s upholstery.
To buy: $12 for two; jet.com.
Fuzzy Wuzzy Microfiber Mitt
Compared to traditional cleaning cloths, microfiber picks up more dirt and germs, instead of just spreading them around. This mitt makes wiping down the dashboard, console, and hard-to-reach cup holders a cinch—without getting your hands dirty.
To buy: $6; containerstore.com.
Ode to Clean Starter Kit
These plant-derived wipes are safe to use on just about anywhere—from sticky hands to hard surfaces (or even your face).
To buy: $25 for 1 container and 2 wipe packs; odetoclean.com.
Sprayaway Glass Cleaner
This ammonia-free spray leaves windows streak-free without a harsh chemical smell. The foaming formula stays put until you can spread it across the window with a microfiber cloth.
To buy: $2; target.com.
303 Aerospace Protectant
Safeguard your car’s interior against harmful sunrays with this rinse-free UV protectant spray that will extend the life of your vehicle’s finished leather, rubber, and plastic surfaces.
To buy: $14; amazon.com.
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
The MVP of cleaning solutions, baking soda works wonders on car carpets. Sprinkle some over the floor mats to deodorize, then vacuum it up.
To buy: $1; walmart.com.
Dreft To-Go Instant Stain Remover
For pesky stains, this miracle pre-treater pen works wonders on everything from spaghetti sauce to pet stains. The rubber bristle top helps work out the stain, but doesn’t absorb it, leaving it clean for future applications.
To buy: $4; drefthome.com.
Thanks to our cleaning pros:
Jan M. Dougherty, author of The Lost Art of House Cleaning; Debra Johnson, Merry Maids home cleaning expert; Donna Smallin Kuper, certified housecleaning technician and author of Cleaning Plain & Simple; Melissa Maker, author of Clean My Space; Beth McGee, author of Get Your House Clean Now: The Home Cleaning Method Anyone Can Master; Tom McNulty, author of Clean Like a Man; and Becky Rapinchuk, creator of cleanmama.net and author of Simply Clean.