9.08.2011

Speed Clean Your Car


I have been Pinning housekeeping tips over the past few weeks to get me motivated to catch up on all the stuff that fell to the wayside while I was busy playing with my boys all summer!

I loved this game plan for Speed Cleaning Your Car in Real Simple Magazine. I have to say, my car was used a LOT this summer and I only cleaned it once! Yikes!

Got 15 minutes? Go!

Minute 1: Toss items that shouldn’t be in the car into a small bin. Throw trash into a garbage bag. Spritz the cup holders with glass cleaner and let sit.

Minutes 2 and 3: Using the wipes, clean the dashboard, center console, inside door pockets, steering wheel, and gearshift. Spray air-conditioner treatment into the air vents below the windshield and let sit.

Minutes 4 and 5: Clean leather seats with a few wipes. (Seats that are upholstered will get vacuumed later.)

Minutes 6 and 7: Wrap a wipe around the end of a flat-head screwdriver, and run it along the buttons and switches on the dashboard. Wipe out the cup holders with paper towels.

Minutes 8 through 10: Spray glass cleaner on paper towels and wipe all the windows, including the windshield, sunroof, and rear window.

Minute 11: Remove the floor mats and whack them against each other to dislodge any dirt.

Minutes 12 through 14: On the driveway, vacuum the floor mats with the bare hose of a hand vac for maximum power (do not attach a tool). Vacuum the seat upholstery and foot wells, shifting the front seats fully forward, then back, to hit every spot.

Minute 15: Replace the mats and return the seats to their original positions. Open all the doors and let fresh air blow through.

Thanks, Real Simple!

6 comments :

  1. *whack them against each other* LOL That cracks me up for some strange reason.

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  2. Your post made me tired...come do mine please!

    Janet xox
    ;->

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  3. It would take way more than one minute to take everything out of my car. Probably even more than a minute per door.

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  4. Wow, I'm out of breath and all I did was read this :)

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  5. I'm pretty OCD about my car. I think it takes me about 15 minutes or so to do the inside. That's just because my kids are older and not eating snack in their car seats any more...

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  6. My way is even simpler.... never eat or drink in the car... take everything out that I put in there each time I exit the vehicle. Never have to tidy the inside at all. There is nothing in there. Shake out mats once in awhile...

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