Budget-Friendly Cleaning Tips for Family Road Trips: Keeping Your Car Spotless

…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media. Five Budget-Friendly Cleaning Tips for Family Road Trips


Family road trips during the summer holidays are a cherished tradition, but they often leave our cars less than pristine.

From smudged windows to pen marks on seats and crumbs in hard-to-reach spots, the aftermath of a trip with kids can be challenging to clean.

However, there are simple and cost-effective ways to tackle common stains and odors.


Lemon Trick for Smudges: To restore the lustre of your car windows and eliminate smudges and fingerprints, try using a lemon.

Mix two parts lemon juice with one part water to create a solution.

The natural acidity of lemon juice provides a streak-free finish on glass surfaces while leaving your car smelling fresh and citrusy.

Vinegar for Odor Removal: Unpleasant smells can linger in your car after long road trips due to travel sickness, feeding time, or potty training accidents.

White vinegar, which can be purchased for approximately £1, can help mask these odors.


Place a small bowl of vinegar in your car to neutralize the unpleasant smells.

After the odors have dissipated, briefly ventilate your car to eliminate any lingering vinegar scent.

Ready-Made Slime for Hard-to-Reach Spots: Cleaning crumbs and dust from the nooks and crevices of your car can be challenging.

Instead of attempting to make DIY cleaning putty, consider purchasing ready-made slime from Amazon for under £5.

This slimy formula effectively picks up crumbs from hard-to-reach spots like vents and around the gear stick, providing better results than a vacuum or microfiber cloth.


Hairspray for Pen Stains: If your kids’ coloring adventures result in pen stains on your car seats, you can remove them from leather interiors using hairspray.

Apply a small amount of hairspray to a cloth and dab it onto the affected area.

Be cautious and ensure the hairspray doesn’t dry before treating the stain to avoid damaging the leather.

For fabric upholstery, white vinegar is a suitable alternative for stain removal.

Baking Soda for Spilled Drinks: To address spills or stains on your car’s carpets, baking soda is an effective and budget-friendly solution.


Promptly dry up the spill as soon as possible to prevent staining.

Sprinkle baking soda on the affected area and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.

Then, wipe it away or use a bristle brush to gently rub it into the carpet before removing it with a wet cloth or vacuum.

Conclusion: Maintaining a clean and fresh car during family road trips doesn’t have to be expensive.

By employing these five cleaning tips, using readily available household items like lemons, vinegar, hairspray, ready-made slime, and baking soda, you can easily tackle stains, odors, and spills.


Enjoy your road trips and make lasting memories without worrying about the aftermath.

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