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Cleaning child car seats

If you have little children you will know what a mess car seats can get into. They are not so hard to clean and these days most will have removable covers which will make life a lot easier. For the removable covers, just wash as per the instructions but for those where the fabric is attached there are a few little tricks to getting rid of the mess. 

Recipe

  • Vacuum cleaner with the long thin and brush attachment 
  • Water spray 
  • Bicarb soda
  • Lavender essential oil 
  • Old toothbrush

Take the chair right out of the car. This will make your life so much easier as you won't keep banging your head on the car roof. It will also give you the chance to turn the chair upside down and give it a good shake. Spray the chair with water in small sections and wipe clean, you may need a toothbrush here too.

Once done and the chair is dry sprinkle bicarb soda liberally, with a few drops of lavender mixed in, all over the chair and leave this for an hour. This will give you time to find all the squashed fruit and crackers that have escaped the confines of the chair.

All you do once the hour has passed is vacuum up all the bicarb and you should be left with a fresh smelling crumb free chair. Just ready for the next food collage to be created.

outside

Cleaning the car inside and out

Did you know that you can clean the car with all the same products you clean your home? Here's how.

Recipe

  • 1 large bucket 
  • Castile soap
  • Hot water 
  • Big sponge
  • Garden hose
  • Microfibre cloth 
  • Gyre and Gymble multi-surface spray 
  • Vacuum cleaner 
  • Bin bag 
  • Basket or large container

Outside

Fill the bucket with warm-to-hot water and add about 1/4 cup of Castile soap. I don't add essential oils. Spray the whole car with water from the garden hose so every surface is wet and then start cleaning the car with the soapy water. If you work from the roof down you will save time. If working on a hot day work on small sections and then rinse off with water from the garden hose so the soapy water will not dry on the car. You can use this same solution on the glass too.

Once finished, wash the car again with water from the garden hose ensuring all the soap has been removed. Lastly, you can use the leftover hot water and soap to clean off the wheel hubs and rinse again with clean water. To finish the outside, wipe the whole car dry with a clean microfibre cloth. 

Inside

Put all the rubbish that has accumulated in the car into the big bin bag and throw away, then put all the things that belong in the house into the basket. Take out all the removable mats and vacuum these. To finish, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Vacuum the rest of the car changing vacuum end to suit each part. Using a microfibre cloth, wipe down all the hard surfaces. I like to spray the car with a room spray to finish, but this is an optional extra.

If you can, leave the car open for 15 to 20 minutes at the end just to air let the fresh air through.