Tips for keeping your car clean when you have kids **

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As I sit down to write this post, I have just finished hoovering my car and found everything from a dried up gummi bear, food crumbs, parking receipts, a Harry Potter Wand (don’t ask me what it was doing in the car), one sock, one of our kid’s school walking badge and some loose change. As a busy parent who spends quite a lot of time in the car shuttling kids from one after school club to another I have to admit…yes my car at times car be an utter mess!  So here are some tips for keeping your car clean when you have kids from one mum to another.


We have a rule when we head out and that is to only bring 1 toy each with them. As I am sure your kids, just like mine would always want to bring a couple of toys with them when they are heading out even if it is to the local shop which is just ten minute drive away. This rule has worked well for us and we seem to have less toys in the car to clear as they tend to remember to bring the toy back into the house after the drive.


A small bucket

We have a little bucket in the car, this bucket is always lined with a bag and acts as a little waste bins for all the kids food waste, wrappers etc. This handy bucket also doubles up as their sick bucket when we travel long distance in the car. We find that having a bucket in the car means that kids no longer can throw rubbish everywhere but just in the bucket.


Car Air Freshener

Having a nice smelling car is so important, it just makes the car feel that much more clean and gives the air a nicer smell. If you are not keen on the commercial car air fresheners being sold, then we are happy to share a quick method to help keep your car smell clean.  To remove bad odor, just sprinkle bicarbonate soda all over your car seat, leave it for a few hours (or overnight) then hover it all up in the morning. This method has been known to clear up some horrible smell in the car.


Snacks in the car

I know the rule of thumb for most people is not eat food in the car. We can’t help it as we spend a lot of time in the car as we travel quite a distance to shuttle the kids from one after school club to another hence kids tend to eat and snack in the car.  We have learnt to always packing snacks which are easier to eat and avoid giving our kids crips or food with sauce on it. We try to stick to dry food such as sandwiches, fruits and veggie sticks which create less mess.


Cup Holders / Car Seat Hangers

We are lucky that our kids car seats comes with cup holders hence this ensures that their travel cup or water bottle is always secured and kept upright. We also often travel with just water in their water bottle, so if it does spill, it’s easier to clean it then juice which can stain. We also have car seat hangers in our car to hang food bags as its easier for little hands to reach it.


Routine Schedule

Routine is so important, for me. Its Friday morning. So after I drop my kids off school, I quickly head back home and give the car a quick hoover and pick up all the little mes they have left behind and to clear the bin bucket as well.  My advice is to try to clean your car at least once a week, if you find this hard then at least once every two weeks. Remember the more often you clean, the less you would need to clean…if it makes any sense at all.


Wipes / Tissue

I can’t stress this enough. Always have a packet of wipes and a box of tissue in the car for emergencies. You never know when one of your kids decides to spill food, sneeze, get sic or start crying and throwing a tantrum in the car. Cleaning the mess immediately also means strains can be avoided. Its better having both wipes and tissue handy in the glove box for when you need it.

Remember to hoover under the children’s car seat as well as take the foot mat out…you would surprise yourself of what you might find there.  Lastly having a clean car is as important as making sure that your car is kept up todate. We all know that the cost of a new car can be very expensive, hence to why not check out AA Cars for great deals on used cars. Hope you have enjoyed reading this post and feel free to leave some comments of some of the strangest things you have found in your car while cleaning it.


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  1. July 12, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    When we got a new car last year we made a pact to keep it clean and tidy. I would love to say that we stuck to the plan but we didn’t and I’m rather surprised at how many clothes get left in the car. We don’t have a bin/bucket but I think this is something I need to add but I do think there are some car bins you can buy not sure if they would be ideal or not x

    • yeahlifestyle
      July 12, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      Yes the car bins would be great Jade, just that we end up with different sizes of rubbish the little bucket is perfect for us now. Hope you are enjoying your new car

  2. July 13, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    Some great tips – I might take the tip of a bucket as I’m always finding rubbish from the kids! It can be so hard to keep cars clean with kids so any tips to help are always appreciated by me, haha!

    • yeahlifestyle
      July 13, 2018 / 4:43 pm

      Thanks Rebecca, yes the bucket tip has been a great one for us and I am sure your kids would keep the car cleaner with it for sure x

  3. July 14, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    We always have wipes and nappy bags in the car, so everything gets cleaned and put in a bag straight away!

    • yeahlifestyle
      July 14, 2018 / 9:20 pm

      Yes wipes are a life saver! Its good to have empty bags handy in the car too

  4. July 14, 2018 / 10:59 pm

    Gosh you are very disciplined hoovering the car each week, I need to take your lead. Mich x

    • yeahlifestyle
      July 15, 2018 / 12:00 pm

      I have not choice Michelle, it gets worse if the car is not cleaned each week.

  5. July 15, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    Having a bucket/ mini bin is a great idea, I used to have one in my car and still do for longer journeys x

    • yeahlifestyle
      July 15, 2018 / 6:05 pm

      Great to hear that Rhian! You can never go wrong with a bin

  6. July 15, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    The idea of having a little bucket for rubbish is such a good idea. Wipes are a must especially with little finger prints on the windows. Greta idea to have a routine time to have a tidy up each week.

    • yeahlifestyle
      July 16, 2018 / 8:33 am

      Yes Kirsty, we find this works for us and know it will for you too

  7. Danielle
    July 16, 2018 / 8:16 am

    Lots of great tips here. We have a car vacuum cleaner and it gets so much use as our daughter makes such a mess.

    • yeahlifestyle
      July 17, 2018 / 2:54 pm

      Hahaha its the same in our household as well

  8. July 16, 2018 / 8:40 am

    We have car seat hangers in our car and it comes in SO handy! The kids stuff all stays together, and if they have to eat in the car they stick all their rubbish in one of the compartments too. They’re brilliant 🙂

    Louise x

    • yeahlifestyle
      July 16, 2018 / 5:08 pm

      Its great when you find something that actually works for you

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