“Life is a highway, and I wan to ride it all night long,” is a famous song that shares how much we love hopping in our car and heading down the road. Some people spend so much time in their cars, they consider it their home away from home. There are some interesting car hacks that can turn an ordinary car into what some might call, their “home sweet home on wheels.”
Freshen The Air
You eat in it, drink in it, play in it…you might even sleep in it. Your car is much more than four wheels and a steering wheel, so it can get pretty darn stinky inside. Keep it smelling fresh and clean with this quick and easy car hack.
Remove the lid from an old salt or pepper shaker, add some scented candle wax from an old candle and replace the lid. Hide it under the seat, in the console or in the side of the door. The fragrance will release into the air for a better smelling car.
Cup Holder Protectors
This car hack with change your change holder forever! You know how everything from loose change, to candy wrappers, spilled soda, etc., etc., ends up in your console and cup holder? Now, with this hack you can keep your cup holder as clean as a whistle.
Simply take cupcake liners, paper or silicone will work, tuck them into the cup holder and you’ll never have to worry about a sticky, unsightedly mess down there again. They’re replaceable too, so keep a few extra in your glove box for quick clean ups!
Nail It With Nail Polish
If a rock flies up onto your car and chips the paint, or you parked too close to another car and got a big ding, no worries! Find a bottle of fingernail polish that matches your car’s finish and use it to touch up the chip.
Keep the bottle in the console or glove box for immediate repair. The nail polish is a quick fix that will keep the chip from getting larger until you can get to the repair shop.
Your New Shopping BFFs
The power of the multitasking laundry basket offers a car hack that will take you inside out and outside in. Place one or two, whatever will fit, laundry baskets in the trunk or hatch back of your car.
They will come in handy for organizing everyday items like sports equipment and other supplies, but will really come in handy after a shopping spree. Pop shopping bags into the baskets so they are organized and ready to carry into the house. You just have to remember to replace them!
Double Duty Hand Sanitizer
Nothing is worse when it is the dead of winter and you can’t unlock the car door because the locks are frozen solid. Enter Super Hand Sanitizer! Grab your hand sanitizer and squeeze it into the locks.
The alcohol in the sanitizer is also a quick car hack to thaw the key hole. Tuck a few bottles in your glove box and keep one handy in your hand bag for winter emergencies.
Do It Yourself Car Mats
It is nearly impossible to keep the floor of your car clean. Dirt, grime spilled beverages, crumbs, and other yucky things soil the floor pretty fast. Here’s a car hack from the bottom up that will make it easy to keep your car floor cleaner, longer.
Get some carpet scraps or samples from your local carpet supplier. They usually cost next to nothing, look attractive and will keep your original car floors looking as good as new.
Hello, beautiful! If you don’t have one of those handy, hands free mobile phone holders for your car, check this car hack out. Simply take an ordinary rubber band, weave it thorough the air vent and wrap it around your phone.
It’s like magic as the phone is attached to the vent so you can say, “hello” to your new hands free phone holder.
Olive Oil Car Conditioner
Yes, it’s good in your favorite soups, salads and stews. It’s also great to condition your hair and skin with the kitchen pantry staple. But did you know you can use good old olive oil to condition your car’s dash board?
Simply take a soft towel, pour on some olive oil and wipe down the interior of your car. The leather will instantly look better than ever thanks to this amazing oil.
Furry Friend Clean Up
This is a doggone good car hack that will keep your car’s upholstery fur free. You can still take your best fur baby for a ride without covering the seats. After you are finished with your joy ride, take a spray bottle of water and a squeegee.
Spray the water on the fur and use the squeegee to magically remove the fur. Now that’s the cat’s meow.
Windshield Wiper First Aid
It never fails. Right in your line of vision there is a smear that gets worse and worse with every swipe of the windshield wipers. This car hack will keep your windshield sparkling clean and disinfected too.
All you will need is a bottle of rubbing alcohol, a cotton ball or clean towel and a little elbow grease. Pour the alcohol on the towel and slowly wipe the rubber part of the wipers until they are clean. The smear will be gone.
Bugged By The Bugs
Your last road trip was awesome but you returned with more than you bargained for. The front bumper is full of bugs and a trip through the car wash just wasn’t enough to remove them all. Grab a few dryer sheets from the laundry room, for this car hack.
Simply wipe them over the buggy bumper. These multi- task wonder wipes will remove the bugs in an instant!
Tidy Up With Toothpaste
You and your old car have been through thick and thin and there is still some good miles left on your old faithful. The only problem is that the headlights are cloudy and not lighting up the road like they used to. Enter this car hack that will be a game changer.
Take some toothpaste and rub it over the headlight. Let sit for a few minutes and wipe it off with a wet cloth. The head lights will look as good as new and be minty fresh, too!
Command Hook Car Hack
This will solve the age-old question, “where do I put my handbag so it doesn’t spill,” when you are driving down the road? Command Hooks to the rescue!
Simply remove the backing, stick to the console and a handy hook will be ready for you when you are. Great for hanging shopping and gift bags, too.
Carry Out Warmer
Pizza night? It’s double duty for your passenger side seat warmer. Instead of paying extra for deliver, we have a car hack you probably didn’t think about.
Keep your pizza pie or any carry out warm by turning up the heat on your passenger side seat. It’s just the right temperature to keep it warm and toasty.
Remove Musty Smells
Sometimes you get into your car and it feels damp and musty. Maybe you left the windows down during a rain shower or your windows aren’t as tight as they used to be. Here’s a car hack that is easy as can be.
Sprinkle some baking soda into a jar or small container and set it under your car seats. The soda will absorb the moisture and musty odors and leave your car smelling as fresh as new. You can even go one step further and sprinkle baking soda directly on the seats and floor. Let it work its magic overnight, then vacuum it up the next day.
Shower Power Organizer
Kids and family road trips equal lots of stuff and your car can turn into a big, cluttered toy box. This is a car hack that is easy and effective.
Grab a shower organizer from the dollar store and hang it over the back of your seats. Tuck everything you need in the individual pockets and keep your car neat and tidy and you’ll be good to go for your next outing.
Get Crafty Get Cleaning
It’s almost impossible to clean the individual vents in a car, right? Your fingertips are too big, the brush only goes in half-way so you just give up. Not anymore, thanks to the foam paint brushes.
They come in all different sizes so take the smallest one, dampen it with water or cleaner and insert into the vents. The foam will immediately act as a dirt magnet…not that’s car hack crafty!
Car Sick Remedy
Motion sickness is no fun when you’re driving down the highway. There’s no where to go, so what do you do? It’s simple and effective.
Tilt your head to one side for a few minutes and it will relieve the nausea. Another tip is, remember to always drink plenty of water during long road trips. Keep a bottle or two in your cup holder and sip while you drive.
Right At Your Fingertips
It’s nerve racking when you look in your rear view and see flashing lights of a police cruiser. Your mind starts spinning, “what did I do?” To make the conversation with the officer a little easier, organize your car’s registration and insurance information nicely and neatly tucked into a file folder.
So, when this happens to you, all you have to do is simply open the glove box and hand the folder to the nice police officer. Maybe you’ll just get a friendly warning.
Lost And Don’t Know Where To Go?
We’ve all been there. We follow the GPS, our maps and intuition, but it happens. We’re lost, lost, lost. The best thing to do is go through a fast food drive through, order a snack and ask the attendant how to get to your final destination.
It’s a win, win because not only are you refreshed, thanks to the soda and fries, you’ll end up right where you wanted to go. Now, that’s what we call a super size.