Spring cleaning: How to spruce up your car with household items

Cereal container trash can

A cereal container with a lid makes a spill-proof trash can

Our auto technicians can make your car run like new, but there’s actually quite a lot you can do to keep your car looking and smelling like new – no ASE certifications required.

Keep reading for a list of 4 extremely simple ways to spruce up your car in time for the new season using items you probably already have around the house. Best of all, each item costs $4 or less, so your budget won’t take a hit.

Ready for your inexpensive guide to one good-lookin’ car? Let us know if you have any car tips or projects that can save money in the comments below!

*As always, if you ever need actual car fixing, bring your vehicle to Aardvark Automotive, where we will take care of you right away! Call (806) 242-1073 to schedule an appointment today.

1. Nail polish for cracks and scratches

The next time you get a small crack in your windshield, reach for your nail polish collection. No matter how often you paint your nails, chances are you’ll always have extra nail polish in the bottle.

Move your car into the shade, and then apply clear nail polish to the crack on both sides of the glass. Pull the car into the sun to dry. This will seal the crack and prevent it from getting bigger until you can take your car to the shop.

Important: Nail polish is only a temporary solution; only a body shop can repair cracks properly.

Nail polish can also cover and protect scratches, chips, and nicks. Simply coat the imperfection with a clear nail polish to seal out moisture and prevent rust.

2. Sprinkle baking soda in your car’s ashtray to absorb odors

The baking soda will keep your car smelling fresh. Remember to replace the baking soda every 30 days.

3. Use shampoo to wash off dirt

Shampoos are formulated to clean effectively yet gently, and can do the same for your car. Rinse your car with water, then clean with a mixture of 2 teaspoons shampoo and 2 gallons water. Use a soft cloth.

4. Turn a cereal container into a trash can

Convert a plastic cereal dispenser (whatever size fits into your space) into a handy trash can by lining it with a small plastic bag and replacing the lid. The snap-cover lid prevents trash from spilling out.