Cleaning Hacks: The Best Car Cleaning Tips From TikTok

Cleaning Hacks: The Best Car Cleaning Tips From TikTok

From mastering the baked feta pasta recipe to learning how to speak another language, TikTok users have proved time and time again that there is a life hack for pretty much everything – especially when it comes to cars!

With over 230 million views, the app’s users have taken to the social media platform to share their favourite #carcleaning hacks. Whether you are looking for the quickest and easiest way to deep-clean your car seats or are keen to replicate professional detailing at home, there is a TikTok for that!

Here at Number1Plates, we decided to find out if we could learn a thing or two about car cleaning from the home of viral trends. Here are our favourite tip tocks for how to clean your car at home…


Car Detailing Upholstery

How to get detailers lines in your upholstery

If you’re looking to take your car cleaning to the next level, why not try your hand at recreating professional detailing stripes? 

According to this video, all you need is a bottle of Febreze and a carpet stripe brush. Simply spray the upholstery with your Febreze and then take the carpet brush running in a straight line up the length of your material. Then roll the brush onto its side and repeat the process on your new line in the opposite direction. 

Add a touch of class to your car upholstery with this car detailing tip, liked by over 315k users! 

How To Wash Your Car

How to wash your car like a pro 

Sure, we’ve all seen the videos on snow foam (the kind of car soap which is used at car washes) but for this tip, we’re taking it old school with a good old bucket and sponge! This tip recommends using a two-bucket method to get a streak-free finish on your car.

To try this one out, you’ll need all the materials you would normally use when you wash your car at home, but you’re going to need two buckets. One bucket will be filled with soapy water and the other with clean water. Use the bucket of clean water to rinse off your sponge before dipping back into soapy water, to avoid dirtying your cleaning solution!

Join 88k people who learned how to wash their car like a pro with this tip!

Removing Paint Scuffs from Car

How to remove paint scuffs off of your car 

However well we look after our cars, sometimes paint scuffs are unavoidable. The good news is that there is a quick and simple fix, which won’t break the bank. All you need is some toothpaste and a rag.

Dampen your rag and apply a small amount of toothpaste. You then want to buff the scuffed area, working in circular motions until the paint scuff lifts and voila, good as new!

Over 109k users liked this tip for removing paint scuffs from your car.

Car Floor Mat CleaningHow to clean your floor mats

Car mats don’t just protect your car’s floor but they help to keep the interior looking nice and fresh – when they’re clean, that is. The amount of dirt carpet floor mats can hold is shocking!

Floor mats are trodden on, scuffed and marked on a day to day basis. If you’re looking for a top tip on how to clean your floor mats and have them looking as good as new, then this is the tip for you.

For this tip you’re going to need a pressure washer (however, this can also be achieved with a drill brush and soap!). Remove your mats from the car and simply use the pressure washer to blast away the dirt, working across the mat in straight lines. 

With over 228k likes, either this is a really good tip or people just love seeing how dirty car mats can get!

Using Slime to Clean Car

The unexpected multi-purpose car cleaner – SLIME!

It’s safe to say that almost everyone has heard of Slime. The children’s toy is a gooey, sticky substance which just so happens to double up as an all-purpose car cleaner. No, we’re not kidding…

Slime is made by mixing a compound called sodium Borate with water. Its super sticky form means that it sticks to almost anything. This also means that it can lift almost anything, such as dirt, dust and debris.

Although car gum is an actual product for car cleaning, we think Slime sounds much more fun – and over 5k people agree! Check out this video on how you can use Slime to keep your car clean.

Cleaning Exhaust PipeHow to clean your exhaust pipe

Looking to bring a corroded exhaust pipe back to life?

This car cleaning hack, liked by over 9k people, shows you exactly how to restore your exhaust pipe and keep it looking shiny and new.

All you need is a soft cleaning pad, T-Cut Metal Polish and a rag or cloth for buffing afterwards. Simply apply a small amount of T-Cut to the soft pad and work around the metal in circular motions. Then, use your cloth to buff away any residue. Easy peasy!

Tires with Restored ShineSuper easy car tire cleaning

Are your car tyres looking tired? This tip shows you how to deep clean your tires, and how to restore their shine once cleaned!

You’re going to need a wheel and tire cleaning spray, some tire shine, a sponge for applying the tire shine and a pressure washer. Rinse off your tires using the pressure washer first, and then apply the cleaning spray to the whole wheel, including your tires. Rinse off the solution using your pressure washer and allow to dry. Then, applying tire shine to a sponge, simply work your way around the tire.

Check out the video to find out how to keep your tires in tip-top condition.

Cleaning Car UpholsteryHow to clean your car upholstery

One of the most satisfying things about cleaning videos is seeing how much dirt there was there in the first place!

Last year, the Little Green steam cleaner went viral on TikTok, one of the many products prompting thousands of posts of “TikTok made me buy it”.

Steam cleaning your car upholstery provides such a deep clean, removing embedded dirt and helping to lift stains. This video shows the TikToker using the mini steam cleaner to clean their car’s floor and seats, for a dramatic before and after. 



These are just some of our favourite top car cleaning tips which you may or may not have seen already. From car cleaning to car number plates, it’s all in the details. Get your personalised number plates today.


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