Can You Keep Your Car Clean with Kids?

There’s no doubt that kids make messes. First, they’re not old enough to know what making a mess even means, and then they can still have accidents even when they’re capable of being neater. You have to accept that your home and your car are going to be a little messy sometimes. But if you can’t stand your car being untidy and (even worse) sticky, how can you keep it as clean as possible? You can protect your vehicle from the messes that your kids make, both by trying to prevent the mess in the first place and by cleaning regularly.

Cover the Seats

Spills on your seats that aren’t immediately wiped up could leave a stain. But if you’re driving, you can’t exactly reach back and clean up a spill that happens while you’re on the move. Fortunately, there is a way to protect your seats without having to constantly wipe them down. By protecting them with seat covers, you can catch any spills and prevent stains from setting it. Your seat covers can be removed and washed whenever you need to for clean seats at all times. Seat covers are usually inexpensive, so it’s a quick and cheap solution.

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Clean Messes Quickly

When any mess does occur, clean it up as soon as you can to prevent it from getting worse. Whenever you get home, and everyone gets out of the car, clear everything out to leave the interior of your car tidy. Get rid of any garbage so that it doesn’t build up, and try to provide a bag or something else to put wrappers and other debris in during car journeys. Vacuum your car regularly, too, to remove any smaller bits that collect on the seats and floor of your car. How often you do it might depend on just how messy your kids are.

Protect the Floor of Your Vehicle

With your kids climbing into the car through snow and rain, the floor of your car can take a battering. Protecting it will prevent mud, snow, and outside debris from getting everywhere. You can find floor mats from sites like TDot Performance that will help to protect the interior of your car. All-weather mats are super tough and designed to withstand wet and muddy shoes. Some material options to consider include carpet, rubber, and vinyl. Each type of mat can have different advantages to help keep your car clean.

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Get Organized

Being more organized in the car can help you to keep everything clean and tidy. Hang organizers on the back of the front seats and use them to organize toys, books, snacks, and other items that you might need on the road. Your children could also each have a bag with their things in it. They can make sure they pack away all their things before getting out of the car. These things will help to prevent stuff from being spread all over your car.

Having kids might make it a little more difficult to keep your car clean, but it’s definitely not impossible, with a little work.


My name is Richie and I am a 36 year old father of two. My daughter is nine years old and my son is six. I am married to a beautiful woman named Destiny. She is the foundation of our family, and without her, none of this would be possible. During the day I work as a network security administrator for a local school district. At night I can be found illustrating books, working on websites, or creating music, but more than likely though I am spending time with my kids.

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