These days, many people prefer organic, household ingredients to the traditional cleaners that are often made with harsh chemicals that can be harmful to children and animals. 


That’s why we’re sharing our top 5 best household items you can use to wash your car—and we bet you already have them all! But the best news? They’re safe and simple ingredients that are kid and pet approved! 


Here are our 5 best household items you can wash your car with. (And they actually work!)


1. Vinegar 

Vinegar is known for having many uses around the home and kitchen—but did you know it can also be used to clean your car? Create an at-home cleaning solution by adding 3 parts water to one part vinegar into a spray bottle. Then, shake up the solution and use it to clean your car’s interior upholstery to deodorize the musty car smell or spray it onto your windshield to keep it frost-free in those cold winter months! 


2. Rubbing Alcohol 

Most people have rubbing alcohol sitting under their bathroom sink—but did you know it can also remove difficult stains on your cloth car seats? Just dab a soft cloth with rubbing alcohol and dab the stain until it is gone! A diluted rubbing alcohol solution with water can also help to quickly remove ice and frost from windshields during the winter with a spray bottle!  


3. Toothpaste 

Foggy headlights? Toothpaste is a great and safe way to not only brighten your teeth—but your car headlights too! Simply squeeze a quarter size of toothpaste onto the exterior plastic casing of your headlights and use a sponge or brush to wipe away the residue. Use warm water and a clean towel to wipe away any excess toothpaste and enjoy your new, shining headlights!  


4. Coconut Oil or Olive Oil 

Coconut oil is a favorite in the modern kitchen and can be used for many beauty tips and secrets as well. Now, you can add it to your “clean car” list, too. If you have leather seats or interior, coconut oil is a great car leather conditioner. Simply wipe your leather seats with a damp cloth and use another cloth to wipe them dry. Then, add a small amount of coconut oil to the cloth and gently rub it into the leather seats. 


Olive oil is a great way to add a little shine to your dashboard area. Take a clean, dry cloth to wipe off any excess dust and then add a few drops of olive oil to create that new car shine! 


5. Dish Soap  

One of the most simple at-home car cleaners is using dish soap to wash your car. Simply add a few drops of dish soap to a bucket of water and grab a soft sponge. Start at the top, rubbing in a circular motion down to the bottom of the wheels. Spray off your car with a hose, dry it off with a new towel so it doesn’t scratch, and it will sparkle as your dishes do! 


Bonus! If you have essential oils in your home, this can be a fun way to create a natural car air freshener that doesn’t have harmful chemicals or ingredients. Simply dab a few drops of your favorite essential oils onto your car floorboards or carpet and let them do their work! Your car will smell clean and fresh without being overpowering! 


What are your favorite at-home car cleaning products? We want to know! Stop in our showroom (virtually or in-person) today and share your tips and tricks with us! We’ll get you all set up for a test drive in one of our vehicles waiting for you and all your new car cleaning tips to take it home! 


Stay safe, and we’ll see you soon. 


- Your friends at Bob Penkhus Mitsubishi 

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