3 DIY Cleaners For Your Car – Perfect for Road Trips

Before you head off on your next road adventure, make these three DIY Cleaners for your car to take along with you.

Summer is just around the corner, which means some long family road trips for a lot of us. And if your kids are anything like mine, your car gets pretty grimy and beat up from the kiddos.

Offered up by Zara of ProCarpetCleaners, they’ll make cleaning up the messes that much easier!

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3 DIY Car Cleaners to Survive Your Next Family Road Trip

3 DIY Cleaners For Your Car

Having kids is a huge blessing, but traveling with your kids can be a nightmare. Regardless of what age they are, they will make a mess for sure.

Either with their food or drinks or in their games.

It is in kids’ nature to make messes and leave stains everywhere.

Some kids are even more creative than others in this sense, and will find a way to make a mess even in a place or in a way you thought impossible.

The most important thing you should remember, and resign yourself to, is the fact that there are going to be stains in your car, so do not get angry.

But be prepared! It is inevitable to have a spill or two, and a few stains.

That is why you should be prepared.

Along with making the preparations for the trip, make some preparations for the mess that is about to befall your car.

One very important thing that you should keep in mind is that, the car is a very small space, and when you bring something to clean with, you should make sure there are no chemicals in it, so you and your family would not have to breath them in, in such a small space.

That is why you should better make some easy cleaning solutions on your own, and rest assured they will be of no danger to your family’s health. This post contains affiliate links.

DIY Car Upholstery Cleaner

DIY Car Upholstery Cleaner

Here is one very simple recipe for a car upholstery cleaner provided by QualityCleaning Services Wimbledon. You can make it yourself and use when the young ones spill something.

Mix 3 tbsp liquid dish soap and water in a small spray bottle. If you want you can add one tablespoon baking soda to make sure the stain is really taken good care of, especially if you are planning a long trip with various possible stain hazards.

Make sure to bring a cloth or a toothbrush (if your kids are good at making lots of food and drink stains) to easily scrub the stain.

Making this cleaning solution will make it very easy and efficiently to clean any stain from your car upholstery, and you will not have to breath any chemicals.

car interior

DIY Wet Wipes

Another thing you can make yourself, to make your road trip cleaner, is have some wet wipes with you. Of course you can buy them, but you can also make some safer ones on your own.


  • Paper towel roll, which you are going to cut in half
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 ½ tbsp baby wash/shampoo or soap
  • 1 tbsp coconut/olive/baby oil


  1. Mix the ingredients in a plastic container with a lid.
  2. Put in the roll
  3. Let it soak for 10 min
  4. Turn over the container and let it sit for another 10 min.

Then you are done! You will have yourself some nice disposable wet wipes to use for cleaning the spills in the car (or your kids).

DIY Hand Sanitizer

DIY Hand Sanitizer

And the one thing I cannot leave the house without – a hand sanitizer. You will definitely need one that you can use on your children. You can make one yourself.

  1. Combine ½ tbsp rubbing alcohol, ½ tsp glycerine and ¼ cup aloe vera gel
  2. For personal options, you could also add:
    1. ½ tsp of vitamin E oil (to increase its durability)
    2. 10-15 drops of tea tree essential oil (has antimicrobial properties)
    3. 10-15 drops of essential oil with scent of your choice.

This will make you one tube of hand sanitizer, put it in an appropriate bottle and you are good to go.

These are 3 of the most simple and easy cleaning fixes for when you are traveling with your kids. They will help you keep your car clean, your kids clean and germ free. Have a nice trip!

About Zara: Zara White is a small business owner. Spending time with her kids inspires her to write articles related to fixing the mess they did. But she loves that and doesn’t mind being messy with her kids and then cleaning after them.


  1. Great ideas! I never thought of making my own wipes, but I think I’ll try it! Now if someone could just invent something to really get a puke smell out of a car…never fails when traveling! Lol!

    Thanks for sharing on Wonderful Wednesday! 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing this! I really love that I can use all three. I have a corn intolerance and most DIY recipes use corn products like vinegar. We road trip ALL THE TIME, so these are going to come in handy!

    1. I never would have thought about cleansers that are not good for those with a corn intolerance. I’m glad these will be useful for you!

  3. I am so glad you linked up to #HomeMattersParty! I just told my daughter we (meaning me) really needed to clean my car! Thanks for these tips!

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