Keeping the family car clean with kids can be difficult, to say the least. Between sports practices with muddy equipment, eating snacks in the back seat to bringing the family dog along , our car’s interiors go through a lot. Not to mention taking long road trips with kids in tow!! The struggle is real! Here are tips to make it easier for you:

Provide a Rubbish Bag in the Car

No matter how clean you are, there is bound to be rubbish in the car at some point. But an easy way to contain this mess and make it easier to take it out later is to provide a rubbish bag right in the car. Not sure you want a rubbish bag sitting where everyone can see it? There are countless cute rubbish bags, like these ones on Etsy, which make cleaning up easy and fashionable.

Make Them Clean Up After Themselves

The first thing you should do when teaching your kids how to keep the car clean is to teach them responsibility for cleaning up after themselves. It might be easier to do all the cleaning yourself, but making the children join in teaches them accountability, and they will start to see the car as their space, too. There are many fun and easy ways to help them clean up after themselves, such as providing a designated bin in the boot of the car for each child’s stuff or providing them with a car bag that they can use to bring things into the car, as long as they come back out. This could include everything from toys to snacks to activities. This will also help teach your children how to keep track of their stuff.

Avoid Food in the Car

One of the messiest ways to dirty up a car is to bring food into it. Even the most careful of eaters are bound to have a few spills, so limit food in the car. If you have time before you leave, give the kids a snack before you get in the car. If you’re ordering food on the go, make sure no one opens the food until you’re back at home.

Remove Odours

Lastly, even the cleanest cars can accumulate odours with active kids. Eliminate these odours by investing in an air freshener that not only adds perfume to the smell but actually clears the air. Alternatively you could stash a refill of sweet smelling fabric softener under a seat or pop a few drops of essential oils onto the car floor mats. Remember after accidents and spillages you should clean all upholstery right away so it doesn’t start to smell!

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