Is your dirty car making you cranky? There’s an easy fix for that.


Spring is my new favorite season. The days are longer and brighter, everything starts turning green, and the yard comes to life with all the critters that have been away for the winter. All around it’s just a happier atmosphere than the cold dark days of winter.

Spring is the perfect time to take stock of what’s going on in your life and decide what stays, what goes, and what gets a fresh start. It’s spring cleaning—for yourself and your surroundings! I love it!

One area that can have more impact on your life than you realize is your car. We have two cars, one is about 16 years old and the other is almost 20 years old! They are well worn and well used, yet trusty and reliable. No matter how old a car is, it can get downright disgusting after driving it, eating in it, and tracking in snow or dirt day in and day out. It can get to the point where you are irritated at how gross your car is while you’re in it, but then you forget about it until the next time. The cycle goes on and on until you do something about it. Your surroundings can really affect your mood, so why not turn it into a positive one instead?

I spent a bit of time one Saturday morning refreshing and renewing our two cars. It didn’t take long at all to give them a fresh, much-needed makeover. Here are a few tips to do the same for your vehicle:

  1. Remove all garbage (i.e., candy bar wrappers, receipts, and other random junk)
  2. Run a duster over the dashboard and other hard surfaces
  3. Shake out the mats, then vacuum the seats and floors
  4. Get the Windex and a rag, wipe down the windows and whatever nastiness is in the cupholders
  5. Take it through the carwash to get all the salt and gunk off of it
  6. Enjoy your clean, happy car!

You may be itching to get a new car, but the one you have might just need a good cleaning. It’s really amazing what a little elbow grease and very little money can do for your car, your life, and your mood. Now when I get in my car it’s a pleasant experience instead of an irritating one. I feel good about my accomplishment. I enjoy the fresh smell and clean, clutter-free environment. If you haven’t done this yet, hop to it! You’ll be glad you did.


Daisy Belaire

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