The best way to keep the inside of your car clean is to stop doing the things that make it dirty! Institute a few rules for you and your family to follow so the car doesn’t get dirty in the first place.
No eating or drinking in the car
Kids and car snacks equal a big old mess! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found a lollipop stuck inside a cup holder or sandwich bag full of goldfish crushed into the floor! To keep the inside of your car clean, don’t allow food or drinks. Then you won’t need to spend extra time cleaning it up.
Limit toys and books
Even on short car rides, my kids always grab something to take with them in case they get bored. This leads to the minivan being filled with books, toys, notebooks, pencils, crayons, and more! Keep the inside of your car free from clutter by limiting what your children take along on rides. Maybe have a designated box filled with car activities that stay in the car. Let your children pick out a book or toy before you start driving. When you reach your destination, these toys go right back into that box.
What goes in must come out
Even with the new rules in place, at some point, you will be taking things out to your car, or going to the store to put things in your car. Never leave these items! Make it a habit to bring these things inside so they don’t clutter up the inside of your car.
Keep hands and feet to yourselves
Teach your kids to keep their hands and feet to themselves to keep the inside of your car clean. This will eliminate smudges on windows and muddy footprints on the back of your seat. Since it’s hard to enforce these rules while you are busy driving, consider investing in a plastic car seat cover for the back of your seat that can easily be wiped down. Also, keep little hands busy with toys and activities to keep fingerprints off your windows.
Even after instituting the “Let’s not let the minivan get too dirty” rules, the inside of your car will still inevitably get dirty. Don’t let the dirt and grime pile up until it feels like an impossible job. Make it a habit to attend to your car once a week, clearing out clutter, cleaning windows, and vacuuming to keep your car looking new.
Clean while you are waiting for your kids
A great time to clean out the inside of your car is after you drop your kids off somewhere or while you are waiting for them. Gather up trash or clean the inside windows while you are waiting for your child at dance class. Or, run your car over to the gas station to vacuum it after dropping an older kid at soccer.
Never be embarrassed again about the inside of your car! Keep these tips in mind and enjoy a neat, clean, organized car every time you hop in to take a ride.