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21 Easy Car Hacks That Will Make Life Easier

Cars, regardless of our best efforts, get dirty both internally and externally. Today, I have many easy car hacks that will make life easier.

The hacks are easy and cost-effective, perfect for anyone’s budget, and all use relatively common household items.

I hope you find these as helpful and useful as I do! Now, on to the post!

car hacks

1. Use Nail Polish to Hide Scratches

use nail polish to hide scratches

It seems too good to be true, but if you have the appropriate color of nail polish to cover a scratch or two, it gets the job done!

Remember, this life hack works best for small issues–a bottle of polish can only go so far in mending your car.

2. Place a Basket in the Trunk with Useful Trunk Items

Place a Basket in the Trunk with Useful Trunk Items

Having useful and frequently used cleaning items in your trunk for cleaning your car encourages you to clean it out regularly.

The best part is that you don’t have to go hunting for any of your car cleaners with a caddy like this.

3. Make a Funnel with a Piece of Paper to Pour Out Oil Easily

Make a Funnel with a Piece of Paper to Pour Out Oil Easily

Oil-related jobs in any regard can be tricky. A great way to pour out oil easily is by making a paper funnel–it keeps everything in one place, and clean-up is super easy. 

4. Use a Cut Bottle to Pour Gasoline Easily

Use a Cut Bottle to Pour Gasoline Easily

If you have to fuel up away from a pump, this hack works wonders. You’ll need two plastic water bottles to act as a pouring mechanism and a funneling one.

Again, it keeps the liquid all in one place, and clean-up is a snap.

5. Use Silicone Cupcake Liners to Organize Small Items

Use Silicone Cupcake Liners to Organize Small Items

We all have those odds of change and other bits that we need in the car, but it is tricky to house them in one organized place.

Grab some silicone liners like these to add in strategic places in the car–no more searching for that bit of change to get on with your errands.

6. Increase Your Visor with Cardboard

Increase Your Visor with Cardboard

If the sun always seems just past your visor length, extend it! Adding a binder clip and construction paper allows you to adjust both easily.

The sun should never be in your eyes (when it’s still that high in the sky).

7. Use Suction Cup Baskets to Store Kid’s Toys

Use Suction Cup Baskets to Store Kid’s Toys

Is kid stuff stretched across the length of your car? A way to combat the mess is to introduce suction cup bins like these into your car to gain a bit of organization in the kid stuff department.

Label the bins, too. That way, you and the kiddos can find everything a bit easier.

8. Use a Carabiner on the Headrest Support to Hang Bags

Use a Carabiner on the Headrest Support to Hang Bags

This life hack is a game-changer! Whether it’s a few groceries, a trash bin, or a place to store essentials, a carabiner hanging off of your headrest amps up car cleanliness.

9. Keep an Emergency Kit in the Trunk

Keep an Emergency Kit in the Trunk

Wherever you are, an emergency kit is an important thing to have, even if it’s just a couple of band-aids and antiseptic.

One in the car is awesome for travel, camping, or if, on the off chance, something happens while on the road.

10. Use a Screw Driver to Pour Out the Oil

Use a Screw Driver to Pour Out the Oil

Oil is a viscous liquid and will stick together along the shaft of a screwdriver. This hack comes in handy when you don’t have a funnel or other tool on hand to pour oil.

11. Attach a Pool Noodle to the Garage Wall to Protect Your Car

Attach a Pool Noodle to the Garage Wall to Protect Your Car

Garages come in all shapes and sizes, and for those who are afraid of banging their door on the wall, grab a pool noodle like this one!

Simply split it in half and add it to the wall where your door comes into contact.

12. Hang Hooks to Keep the Floor Clear

Hang Hooks to Keep the Floor Clear

A mindful hack for keeping all of your items off the car floor is by hanging hooks in strategic places.

It’s incredibly easy to check all hooks before leaving the car and taking anything that’s hanging with you.

Check out these other brilliant command hook hacks!

13. Use Clear Nail Polish to Temporary Fix Damaged Windows

 Use Clear Nail Polish to Temporary Fix Damaged Windows

If your windshield gets damaged while on the road or on a random afternoon, clear nail polish can ensure temporary safety for you and your vehicle.

The polish acts as a light sealant and can help prevent immediate further deterioration of the damaged area.

14. Place Pool Noodles Between the Car Seats to Avoid Losing Items

Place Pool Noodles Between the Car Seats to Avoid Losing Items

Some of the deepest and hardest-to-reach places in the car are the gaps in the front between the seats and console.

A great way to block that space out is by using the other half of the pool noodle in these spaces. Trim them to size and wiggle them in for the best anti-losing apparatus.

15. Remove Slight Abrasions with Toothpaste

Remove Slight Abrasions with Toothpaste

Pull out your toothpaste if your car could use a small polish around the lightly roughed edges!

The past will remove any tough scuffing like dirt or markings, but most likely won’t fix all those issues.

16. Keep Paper Towels Within Arm’s Reach

Keep Paper Towels Within Arm’s Reach

Paper towels are a must for anywhere in my life, especially the car.

The towels are great for cleaning or for anyone who may need one for a personal reason (eating a snack in between errands and the like).

17. Keep Erasable Markers in the Car for Kids to Colour

Keep Erasable Markers in the Car for Kids to Colour

Kids and the car, for those of us who know, any secret weapon is much appreciated to learn about.

These erasable window car markers are a great option for the creative kid or when an iPad dies, etc.

18. Place Rainproof Film on the Side of Mirrors

Place Rainproof Film on the Side of Mirrors

This weatherproof life hack is wonderful for those who don’t love driving in the rain or other types of weather.

Adding rainproof film on the side mirrors provides a reliably clear image when rain strikes.

19. Use Rubber Bands to Hang Your Phone in the Car

Use Rubber Bands to Hang Your Phone in the Car

If you don’t have a holder in the car, a great makeshift one is literally two rubber bands.

Suspending your phone from the review mirror with the rubberbands works well–just make sure they are reliable ones.

20. Attach a Tissue Box on the Passenger Seat Side

Attach a Tissue Box on the Passenger Seat Side

We all need tissues while traveling. Make a permanent spot for them and attach them to the space–I like mine on the passenger side door.

21. Use a Cereal Container as a Trash Can

Use a Cereal Container as a Trash Can

Finally, make sure all of your trash goes into one designated spot. A cereal container does that perfectly and is super easy to empty.

Headed on a road trip, check out these ingenious travel hacks!