How to wash your headlights
Yellowed or cloudy headlights are a driving hazard. These occur from the polycarbonate plastic in many car headlight lenses being exposed to UV rays, high temperatures, humidity and other environmental effects over a long time.
There are several methods to clean your headlights. One of the most popular methods is to use plain toothpaste. Just like on your teeth, the toothpaste and toothbrush combo is abrasive enough to scrub away the yellow or foggy layer from your headlights without scatching the plastic before rinsing with water.
You could also wet your headlights with vinegar, then apply baking soda and scrub with a soft sponge, rinsing clean with water when finished.
For best results, head to an auto store and purchase a headlight cleaning kit. Whatever you use, make sure to apply painter's tape around each headlight so you don't damage your car's paintwork while you clean.
How to clean your leather or fabric car seats
Nobody likes a stained car seat. Whether your seats are upholstered with leather or fabric, here are a few tricks to get them looking new again.
Both types of seats will benefit from a thorough vacuum with the upholstery or brush head to remove crumbs and other grit.
If you have leather seats, apply a leather cleaning solution with a soft microfibre cloth. Gently wipe the leather seats clean with a new, damp microfibre cloth. Buff them dry with a third, dry microfibre cloth. Finally, apply leather conditioner to help prevent cracking and staining.
If you have fabric or cloth seats, swap your vacuum nozzle attachment to a powerhead to extract grit like sand and pet hair from the upholstery. To treat stains, work a bit of upholstery cleaner into any stains with a scrub brush and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. Next, fill a spray bottle with your cleaning solution and lightly spray the entire seat. Don't soak the fabric, which might encourage mould growth. Gently scrub the solution-coated fabric with a soft- to medium-bristle brush before mopping up the dirty suds with a clean cloth. Finally, vacuum the seat again to help it dry thoroughly. You can purchase car fabric cleaner or solution from auto stores and supermarkets.
Get rid of bird droppings
Bird droppings, tree sap and tar quickly bake into your paintwork, creating paint damage over time. Clean these contaminants off as soon as possible to preserve your car's exterior.
Take your time when removing stains like bird droppings so you don't damage your car's paint job. Soak the area in soapy water, then gently wipe with a clean microfibre cloth. Repeat until the stain is gone.