This $5 Product Will Have Your Car Looking and Smelling Like New

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Try these incredibly effective and super affordable wipes.

Thanks to a global pandemic, 2020 was the year we stopped slacking in the cleaning department. We’ve been cleaning everything with more vigor and more frequency, which is a good thing. In fact, there are a few things you should be cleaning every day, including your car’s steering wheel.

While you’re at it, you might as well keep your car looking and smelling new by wiping down buttons, shift levers, door handles, turn-signal stalks and any other frequent touchpoints. It that sounds like a lot of work, don’t worry — it’s not.

You’ll actually be amazed at how quick and easy it is with this simple product, Meguiar’s Quik Interior Detailer Wipes, that will remind you of the day you brought your car home. Best of all? It costs less than $5.

Cleaning Your Car Couldn’t Be Any Simpler

Each canister comes with 25 ready-to-use wipes. Just pull one out, wipe down the surfaces in your car you want to clean, then toss the used wipe in the trash. Thanks to their new larger size, several Amazon reviewers claim that one wipe is enough to clean the entire dashboard, so you can expect them to last for a while.

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On days when you’re looking to clean more thoroughly, here’s exactly how you should clean your car’s interior.

These Wipes Are Safe on All of Your Car’s Surfaces

You can use Meguiar’s wipes virtually anywhere in your car. Wipe away the dust on your dashboard, clean the coffee you accidentally spilled on your leather seat, and even eliminate the fingerprints on your LCD and navigation screens.

Since they contain mild cleaning agents rather than harsh chemicals — the first two ingredients are water and isopropanol (or isopropyl alcohol) — they’re also safe on interior plastics, vinyl, rubber and metal.

It’s worth noting that these wipes will do a great job cleaning dust, dirt and grime, but they won’t sanitize or disinfect your car’s surfaces. Here are the differences among cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting, in case you were wondering.

It’s also always a good idea to spot-test on an inconspicuous area first, just in case. While you wait for the results on your test spot, check out these best tricks to clean your car.

They Help Maintain Your Car’s Original Appearance

These wipes feature a gentle cleaning formula that won’t leave your car’s interior looking or feeling greasy, nor will they leave behind streaks or lint. They also contain sun-blocking agents. So if you park your car in the sun most days, these wipes will help prevent fading.

But don’t just take the manufacturer’s word for it. Numerous Amazon reviewers rave that these wipes maintain their cars’ interiors. One writes: “Makes it look new, not overly shiny, but does take away dullness from a plastic surface. It rejuvenates the appearance to look fresh and renewed.” Another points out that these wipes are “good for cleaning built-up grime on the steering wheel, arm rests, and gearshift, without leaving greasy residue.”

Plus, preventing sun damage and maintaining your vehicle’s overall appearance will extend the life of your car, as well as prove beneficial down the line when you’re ready to sell or trade it in.

While these wipes will help your car look great, they’ll also leave it smelling fresh. Several Amazon reviewers have commented on the scent, with one claiming, “I don’t like scented products but find this scent clean and extremely light.”

If you frequently travel with kids or pets, then you’re likely no stranger to funky odors every now and again. If that’s the case, these wipes would definitely be a wise purchase. By the way, this is what causes that great new car smell all new vehicles seem to have.

Customers Buy Them Again and Again

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Meguiar’s has been around since 1901, so they’ve had some time to perfect their products and develop a loyal following. Many reviewers note that these wipes “are a regular purchase,” so what are you waiting for? For this price, you really can’t go wrong.

Now that you know what to do with the interior of your car, find out which 100 car repair tasks and maintenance you can do yourself.

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Originally Published on Reader's Digest