Professional Car Washes Not In The Budget? Use These Homemade Products To Keep Your Car Clean And Shiny

Keeping your car clean can be tough when you're trying to stay on a budget. Whether you're a college student or a newlywed, professional carwashes probably aren't on your list of priorities right now. Don't worry. You don't have to settle for a dirty car. With these homemade products, your car can look like you took it to the local car wash.

Grime-Fighting Car Detergent

This grime-fighting car detergent will allow you to save money without damaging the paint on your car. You probably already have the ingredients on hand.

Supplies You'll Need

  • 1 gallon plastic container with lid

  • Cold water

  • Baking soda

  • Liquid hand soap


  1. Fill your container with cold water.

  2. Add ½ cup of liquid hand soap and ¼ cup of baking soda.

  3. Place lid on container and shake well to mix the ingredients.

  4. Be sure that the baking soda dissolves completely.

  5. To use, simply add 1 cup of detergent to a bucket of water and wash your car as usual.

  6. You can also use this solution to clean the vinyl in your car.

Windshield Washer Fluid

That windshield washer fluid that you buy at the store can be made at home. It will keep your windows clean and shiny.

Supplies You'll Need

  • 1 gallon plastic container with lid

  • 2 cups of rubbing alcohol

  • 2 tablespoons of liquid hand soap

  • 8 cups of water

  • 3 drops of blue food coloring


  1. Pour 8 cups of water into your plastic container.

  2. Add the rubbing alcohol, liquid hand soap and food coloring.

  3. Place lid on container and shake well.

  4. Store container in cool place until needed.

Bug Remover

Bugs can be difficult to get off your car. Scrubbing can ruin your paint. With this homemade solution, you won't have to scrub the bugs away anymore. Use this solution to pre-treat your car before you wash it. The bugs will wipe right off with a sponge.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Spray bottle

  • Warm water

  • Baking soda


  1. Fill your bottle with warm water.

  2. Add ¾ cup of baking soda.

  3. Place lid on spray bottle and shake well.

  4. Spray solution on bugs and allow it to soak in for about 10 minutes.

  5. Wash your car as usual.

  6. Repeat the process for stubborn bugs.

You want to continue a habit of good auto maintenance, but you can't afford the car wash. Keeping your car clean doesn't have to break your budget. Use these homemade cleaning solutions to keep your car in tip-top shape.