Where there’s life, there’s dirt. And we live a lot of life in our cars. There are plenty of quality dedicated automotive products you probably should have on hand, but these tips will work in a pinch. Always check your owner’s manual for any cautions, or test in small out-of-view areas to make sure a product doesn’t do harm.
The Connection turned to experts at YourMechanic.com for advice.
“Dryer sheets are good in your trunk to prevent stench, especially from stinky gym bags,” says Costco member Luis Blanco, a mobile auto technician.
“Dryer sheets under seats make good air fresheners,” adds Peter Pryke, an Arizonabased auto technician.
Microfiber cloths and Swiffer Dusters
“Lint-free microfiber cloths and Swiffers are lifesavers for cleaning because they can really get into crevices and pick up the dust,” says Blanco.
Use a Swiffer Duster to clean the dashboard, gauge cluster and center console.
Ziploc plastic bags
“I put everything in zip bags to keep things organized and clean,” says Buddy Crowley, head of parts at YourMechanic.com. “It’s the easiest way to store all of the stuff that gets messy, like snacks, pens, aspirin or gum.”
And don’t forget your passengers: human and pet. Pack some treats in those bags to help keep everyone happy while traveling.
Disinfectant wipes and Lysol Disinfectant Spray
“Wipes or Lysol are good for cleaning interior surfaces; just make sure your products don’t have lanolin, because it can leave residue,” says Pryke.
Disinfectant wipes are good for cleaning door interiors, dashboards and consoles, car seats and seat belts once you’ve dusted. Try them in a small out-of-view area to be sure they are safe and won’t affect the finish.
Car seat cleanup
“Club soda is the trick to clean fabric seats,” says Jeff Bosco, parts consultant at YourMechanic.com. “Just put some club soda into a spray bottle, spray down the seat, use a small brush to scrub it away and blot dry with paper towels.”
He adds, “I only use warm water and mild hand soap to clean leather and vinyl. Leather can be tricky, and you don’t want to scrub away any finish on the leather.”
article from April 2019-COSTCO CONNECTION
Look for these household items, as well as a variety of automotive cleaning products, at your local Costco warehouse and on Costco.com.