With social media, cleaning fanatics have been sharing their favourite cleaning hacks and some are quite unusual.
From putting oven trays on the laws to the using ‘shaving foam to clean almost anything’ method, TikTok is one of the best places for finding cleaning tips, tricks and hacks.
In fact, the hashtag #CleanTok has over 35.4 billion views, while others such as #CleaningHacks (4.7 billion) and #CleaningTikTok (16.9 billion) follow closely behind.
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The car community on TikTok have even created their own hashtags for car-specific tips and tricks, bringing in some incredible viewing figures too; the hashtags #CarCleaning (779.3 million), #CarCleaningHack (12.9 million), and #CarHacks (1.3 billion) are some of the most popular ones right now.
Experts at Vanarama have taken a look through these hashtags and found the top 10 car cleaning hacks that you can try when giving your car a spring clean.
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Use toothpaste to clean your headlights
Toothpaste is great for cleaning your teeth and your headlights, who knew? TikTok users recommend using an old toothbrush or cloth to gently rub the toothpaste in before wiping it away to reveal clear, shiny headlights.
Remove stains with shaving foam
Shaving foam is all over the internet at the moment thanks to its versatility when it comes to cleaning.
Cleaning fans have been using the foam on their upholstery to remove stains, simply spray some on the seats, rub it in with your hands or a brush and then use a damp cloth to wash it off. Bonus points if you have a fabric vacuum to help get rid of any excess moisture.
Clean your dashboard with olive oil
If your dashboard is looking a little dull, TikTok users suggest rubbing a few drops of olive oil into it with a soft cloth to give it a new lease of life.
Vinegar prevents window smears
This next hack shouldn’t come as a surprise, but using vinegar on your windshield and door windows will help you avoid any smears after you’ve washed them. Simply wipe them down with vinegar before rinsing away with clean water.
Use a paint brush to get into small crevices
TikTokers have found out that using a decorators paint brush is perfect for getting into spots that a normal cloth can’t.
Simply spray your cleaner around the interior of your car and use the brush to sweep the dirt away. This is the perfect hack for getting dirt out of the nooks and crannies around your gear stick and the centre console.
Use a squeegee to pick up pet hairs
Do you usually travel with your pet? If so, this hack is for you. The rubber strip on squeegees is great at picking up pet hairs, even better than a hoover.
Use this trick on your upholstery and carpets and hoover the results up.
Use a silicone mould to collect drink spillages
This trick might not help you clean your already dirty car, but it’s something you’ll wish you’d have done sooner! Silicone moulds are perfect to slot into your drink holders ready to catch any spillages or crumbs. Once they’re dirty, pop them out to clean and then put them back in.
Clean your leather with soaps
Mix a cup of mild dish soap or laundry detergent with a few cups of water and use a soft cloth to buff it into leather seats and armrests to get rid of any dirt that has built up.
Reveal hidden dust with a massage gun
Using a massage gun on your floor mats and seats helps loosen the dirt and dust up so you can hoover it away. If you want to be shocked, try this after you’ve already hoovered to see how much more dirt appears.
Use Q-Tips to clean air vents
TikTik car cleaners are a big fan of using Q-tips to get dust from hard-to-reach places such as your air vents. Simply spray the area with your cleaner of choice and use a clean cotton Q-tip to lift the dust.
This is also a great way of cleaning around the badge in the centre of your steering wheel.