My husband is probably like most guys who love taking care of their car. When we lived in Atlanta, he worked with an auto detailing business, so you can imagine how clean our car always was. When we moved out of state and Chris changed careers, we didn’t get that handy free car cleaning every week that we were used to. We had a car wash around the corner of our house and we tried it a few times, but it was terrible! I could have cleaned the car better blindfolded than that machine and it would have saved us almost $15. We decided we were going to detail the car ourselves but I didn’t want to go crazy buying a bunch of equipment. I decided to look online and find some less expensive alternatives. Here are a few great tips I found:

  • Mats: Pull out your mats and get ready for some elbow grease. If you have rubber mats, all you need to do is spray some cleaner, let it sit, scrub and rinse. I like sprinkling baking soda and adding some vinegar because it is safe and the bubbling action will lift dirt. If you have carpeted mats, you may want to spray them with a carpet cleaner, let it sit, scrub and then vacuum.
  • Sap and Bugs: If you have problems with bugs or you park under a tree, these two irritants can ruin your cars finish. For the bugs, just spray a solution of water, vinegar and a few drops of dish detergent and let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe clean. For tree sap, you will need to put peanut butter or solid shortening and let it sit for about 5 minutes and then wipe clean.
  • Tires and Wheel Covers: By mixing water, vinegar and ammonia, you can make a very effective homemade degreaser.  Just spray on your tires and wheel covers and rinse off after 2-3 minutes. For stubborn grease, make a paste of baking soda and vinegar and scrub until clean and rinse off with water.
  • Carpets: You can’t clean your carpets any better than with a good vacuum. Gone are the days (thank goodness) where you had to use that little whisk broom. I used to hate to vacuum the car at home because I had to lug my big vacuum outside, find the long extension cord and then try to vacuum with the awkward attachments. Those days are also gone, because I have an awesome car vacuum from AutoAnything, an awesome online automotive heaven!

DIY Auto Detailing

DIY Auto Detailing

My daughter is really active in school, so she is always going to a practice, a performance or weekend sleepovers. My husband loves to volunteer driving some of the kids who need a ride to the activities. He said he missed out on that when he was Caitlin’s age, so he makes sure he is always available for her. Because we always have people in the car, we try to keep it nice and clean, which is why we were prompted to do the whole DIY auto detailing idea. When I was offered the Metro Vac N’ Blo 500 Car Vacuum from AutoAnything, I was so excited! No more lugging the albatross, I mean vacuum around the car! I was really surprised at how powerful this little thing is. The vacuum only weighs 3.5 pounds, but it packs a punch! The cord is 12 feet long, which is perfect for us because our outside plug is on the deck near where we park. The vacuum comes with a 19″ hose which I love, as well as a crevice tool, dust brush, upholstery nozzle, 20” extension wand, shoulder strap, Magic Air inflater adapter  and 5 extra reusable/disposable paper bags and it has a 5 year warranty. You can order either a standard wall outlet or a cigarette lighter adapter  whichever is more convenient for your needs. AutoAnything is a leader among online automotive retailers, which they have worked hard to achieve. By selling the best products from brands you know and trust at an affordable price, AutoAnything can cover all of your automotive needs. The company has been around since 1979 when Selwyn Klein began as a manufacturer and retailer of Blue Ribbon genuine sheepskin seat covers and custom carpet floor mats. In 1997, his oldest son David joined in the business and two years later, his younger son Trevor made it a trio. The three worked incredibly hard to build the company that AutoAnything is today and I can attest that their products are the most top notch I have used. I plan to purchase a few items from AutoAnything for Father’s Day that I think my husband will just love!

One reader will win a Metro Vac N’ Blo 500 Car Vacuum ($89.99)



  1. I love the Energizer All-In-One Battery Jump Starter with Air Compressor and Power Inverter-cool!

  2. I could really use a new trailer hitch. I’ve got my eye on the Tow Ready Tri-Ball Ball Mount

  3. I like the Intro-Tech Automotive Ultimate Reflector Car Sun Shade, which would definitely be a better fit than most since it is custom fitted for your car.

  4. Motor Trend by PetEgo Jet Set Pet Carrier and they also have a pet tent that is super cool

  5. I love the mats and the auto detailer! My dog rides with me all the time and the hair is crazy!

  6. I like the Coverking Saddle Blanket Seat Covers. My dogs go in car with me often and my seats are starting to show wear.

  7. Anything and everything for my Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4×4. Love making it look good and run good

  8. I like the Lloyd Ultimate Cargo Liner for a 2013 Hyundai Accent HB. I finally got a new car, but couldn’t afford any extras. lol. I’ll get one eventually I guess. These guys have great prices and even better reviews.

  9. I like the vac. that’s in this picture having two children in the back of my car I need a good car vaccume

  10. I like the PortablePET Twistep Dog Hitch Step, pet seat protectors and harnesses, and the 3 bike bike rack.

  11. The Metro Vac N’ Blo 500 Car Vacuum that you’re giving away looks awesome….sure could use it too!

  12. I like the Lloyd Mats Luxe Floor Mats. About once a year I like to change my floor mats in my car to keep the interior nice.

  13. Metro Vac N’ Blo 500 Car Vacuum…I’d never have a messy car again, I promise.
    I also like the Energizer All-In-One Battery Jump Starter with Air Compressor and Power Inverter

  14. I like the Wade In-Channel Window Deflectors by Westin, We are in need of something to block out some of the sun!

  15. I have found seat covers to be “life savers”.. I LOVE a seat cover I can take off and wash in the washing machine! I would get their american flag ones.

  16. I’d like to get the WeatherTech floor mats because our Northeast winters are rough on my car’s floor carpet.

  17. My favorite product is the CalTrend “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Leather” Seat Covers. They would fit our car and the driver’s side seat is worn.

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