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How to clean the car after a trip with children


Source: Good Housekeeping

Trying to keep your car clean if you have kids is a never ending process (there will always be crumbs from schoolboy snacks or food stains from long trips). You won't be surprised to learn that nearly a quarter of Americans don't clean their cars regularly, and one in XNUMX say they don't clean their cars from the inside at all.

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However, it is still worth doing. Good Housekeeping offers some tips on how to start a car:


This is a protein stain with some fat, so the water must be cold to get rid of it, otherwise the protein will curdle. Soak up spilled milk as best you can with a paper towel or a clean, lint-free cloth, then rinse with plenty of cold water. Treat with a carpet cleaner such as Bissell Oxy Stain Destroyer. Rinse again with cool water and pat dry with paper towels. It is very important to remove as much moisture as possible, otherwise the place where the stain was will smell bad. To remove the smell of sour milk, sprinkle baking soda on the stain and leave it to dry completely for several hours, and then vacuum it up. If that doesn't work, use products designed to remove pet odors.


Wipe it off immediately or the stain will harden. Blot or gently scrape off any leftover chocolate with paper towels or a dull knife. Then treat with a carpet cleaner and blot the stain just as gently with paper towels. Repeat if necessary. Finally, rinse with water and pat dry to remove as much moisture as possible.


First collect the non-absorbed liquid. Then mix 1 tbsp. l. dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water. Using a clean white cloth, wipe the stain with the solution. Blot until the liquid is absorbed, and repeat the procedure until the stain is completely gone.

Ice cream

Ice cream stains are a tricky thing and should be treated with care. This is a combined stain containing protein, fat, pigment and flavors. Regardless, it's usually fairly easy to remove. Scrape off as much of the outer layer as you can with a dull knife, then pat dry with paper towels.

Chips, Cookies, Cupcakes and Popcorn

Remove crumbs with a vacuum cleaner and a brush, or in hard-to-reach places by removing the nozzle from the vacuum cleaner tube. Chips can leave greasy stains - scrape off any residue with a dull knife, then pat dry with paper towels. Lightly dust the stain with talcum powder or cornmeal, let sit for a few minutes to absorb the grease, then remove the powder with a soft brush. The remaining fat needs to be dissolved - you need an alcohol-based liquid. Apply to stain and let it evaporate, then add a small amount of liquid detergent and let it sit for a few minutes.


When fresh, this stain may not be a cause for concern, but bananas tend to oxidize to a black color over time. Therefore, try to eliminate the stain immediately. Carefully clean it with a dull knife, being careful not to increase the area of ​​​​contamination. Use carpet cleaner. Gently blot with paper towels or a clean, lint-free cloth in an outward-inward motion. Do not try to wash the stain - it is better to repeat small movements several times, and then fill the affected area with water. Continue until the stain is completely gone. Rinse thoroughly with cold water and pat dry as much as you can. Leave to dry.


Hummus can leave an oily stain. Scrape off as much of the outer debris as possible with a dull knife. Use washing liquid or detergent solution. Work in a circular motion over the stain, being careful not to wet it too much. Let dry naturally.

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