You’ve gotten through the winter. You’ve had your tires, battery, and fluids checked and topped off, and you’re ready to go.  You’ve probably even taken your car to a place to get detailed, or maybe you’ve taken a weekend afternoon to do this yourself at home.

Either way, you want the time, effort, and money that’s gone in to sprucing up your car for the spring to be worth it.  Here’s a list chock full of ways to keep your car fresh, clean, organized… and even a little safer than you might have guessed!

  1. Bypass car air fresheners and keep an open box of dryer sheets in your vehicle. They’re cheaper, longer lasting, and smell just as good
  2. Dryer sheets will come in handy as a quick and easy way to clean bugs off your grill after long road trips!
  3. Alternatively, clipping a clothespin soaked in your favorite essential oil to the air vents will keep your car smelling wonderful at a fraction of the cost
  4. Use a shower organizer on the back of the driver/passenger seat to organize odds, ends, and supplies – especially if you have kids
  5. Remember that the arrow on your fuel icon indicates what side your gas tank is on
  6. Using toothpaste as a cleaner will eliminate “headlight haze”
  7. Shaving foam makes a great spot cleaner for car carpets – it will break down any grease/stains clinging to the fibers
  8. Lay an empty 20oz soda bottle where the seat meets the back of your passenger side if you’re bringing pizza home – this will keep the toppings from shifting. Bonus: if you have seat warmers, turn them on to keep your food warm!
  9. If you have sticker residue on any of your windows, OFF bug spray is your friend!
  10. A plastic cereal/food bin with a snap-close lid makes the perfect vehicle trashcan
  11. If your vehicle is old enough to still have a tape deck, this makes a great smartphone or iPod holder
  12. Nail polish in a matching color is a cheap way to cover any dings or scratches in your car until you can afford proper vehicle paint
  13. Because it fits so perfectly, a foam crafting brush will have all your dashboard vents cleaner than ever
  14. If you haven’t managed to replace your wiper blades yet and they’ve been leaving streaks and smears, rub a small amount of rubbing alcohol along the rubber edges
  15. Using a small screwdriver with a cloth atop the tip is a great way to clean gunk out of small buttons or crevices. Vacuuming will take care of everything you’ve scraped out
  16. Because coffee filters repel lint, these work great for a quick dashboard/console clean up. You can add a little oil to them for extra shine, or a little vinegar for a deeper cleaning job
  17. If you’re parking in an unfamiliar city or area, drop a pin on your phone’s map so you can find your way back to your car

Use any of these hacks for a quick and cheap way to say goodbye to the leftovers of wintertime mess and mustiness!