As a mom of four, who drives, a minivan, it is super hard to keep the inside of my car clean with kids. We are often on the go, so snacks get eaten, drinks get drunk, and toys get played with in our van. It’s a freakin’ mess! This post contains affiliate links.
My children just throw it all down on the floor. I found about 15 french fries behind my 2 year old’s car seat the other day.
Usually I head to the car wash with the free vacuums at least once a month, but…it has been so hot I haven’t done it for a long while. Thankfully it’s finally cooling down, and I’ve gotten back into my car cleaning routine.
Having a messy car just gives me anxiety, so I stay on top of cleaning the car. Luckily, I have found some products that work wonders for us in keeping the car looking great that I can’t wait to share with you.
Keeping the Car Clean with Kids
I found some amazing products that are helping our whole family keep the car staying nice and clean.
Tossits Car Garbage Bags (3)
These are amazing! We have called my husband's car the rolling trash can because he would just toss his trash anywhere in his car. He has a long commute, so he does snack in the car often. These Tossits have helped so much at keeping his car clean. He's already had me buy refills, and we've got them for my car for the kids to easily put their trash away, too!
Organic Chemical-Free Activated Bamboo Air Purifying Bags
We have allergies and are very sensitive to smells in our family, so these purifying bags work really well to help keep stinking smells at bay from my teen's dirty workout clothes from tennis and marching band bags.
RapidX X5 Car Charger with 5 USB Ports for iPhone and Android Pink
Do your kids fight over charging their phone or iPad? This charger can charge faster than usual, and it has multiple spots for cords.
Armor All Oxi Magic Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner (22 fl. oz.)
This stuff is like magic. It cleans the car carpet when we have a stain like it was never even there.
Armor All Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner Aerosol (22 ounces)
This is my #1 product for stains in the car. I have literally gotten red soda out of the carpet in a snap, and it had been sitting there for months.
Tub O Towels Heavy-Duty 7" x 8" Size Multi-Surface Cleaning Wipes, 40 Count Per Canister
I keep these in the trunk for doing a quick detail on the dashboard or if someone spills on the plastic parts like the cupholders.
KangoKids Trunk Organizer for Car and SUV
This is the perfect place to keep extra things for us. Extra shoes, blanket, diapers, wipes, etc, so we don't ever end up being without.
KangoKids Kick Mats & 2 Pack
My kids don't quite touch the floor in the car, so it's easy to start kicking the seats and then we end up with scuffs on the nice leather seats. These are perfect to help stop that, and they have pockets to organize the little toys my girls bring in the car.
YESYEES Waterproof Dog Car Seat Covers Pet Seat Cover Nonslip Bench Seat Cover Compatible for Middle Seat Belt and Armrest Fits Most Cars, Trucks and SUVs
We love to take our Boxer with us everywhere we go, but he's a shedder. His white hair can be a total nightmare, but these covers make it easy to keep his hair contained to the seat covers.
Care Touch Leather Cleaner Wipes for One-Step Cleaning, Conditioning, and Protecting - Pack of 2, 40 Wipes Each for Cars, Shoes and Other Leather Surfaces
With one kid in a booster seat and one in a car seat, it's easy to find dried food and drink on our leather seats. These work wonderfully to help me keep them clean. And, my husband can even use them to shine his shoes when he's in a hurry.