Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Car {Gift Basket Giveaway}

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The cold winter is behind us and there is no better time than now to spring clean your vehicle! Perfect time to get it all cleaned up and ready for the summer ahead.

So get your rubber gloves out; here are some helpful tips for car spring cleaning:

1)     Say goodbye to salt-stained carpets: After a long winter, your car’s carpets are likely to have white stains from road salt.  Remove them by using water mixed with white vinegar and scrub the tough stains with an old rag or brush.

2)     Wax every season: Each winter season, your car’s paint colour is dulled by the elements and picks up scratches, so keep it looking clean and new with a liquid spray wax.

3)     Out with the dirt in with the clean: Get out your vacuum to suck up all the dirt and dust in the small corners of your vehicle.  Remember to put your seats down to get between the cracks and also vacuum all the cup holders throughout your vehicle as these areas collect dirt, too!

4)     It’s called washing your car, not your dishes: Never use dish soap to clean your vehicle as it will dull and scratch the protective clear coat off your car. Try using Meguiar’s Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo and Conditioner.

5)     Put a break on your brake dust: Get rid of that reddish, brown coloured powder on your wheels caused by normal brake wear.  Wipe down your wheels with a cleaning solution safe for alloy wheels (available at any hardware store) and address those hard-to-reach places in between the wheel’s spokes with a scrub brush or rag.

6)     Take a load off:  Do you use your car as a storage unit? Be sure to empty out your trunk and back seats of all your winter build up. Removing unnecessary weight also improves fuel efficiency and your car’s handling!

7)     What’s happening under the hood? Cars need a ‘medical’ check-up, too! Every spring, it is a good idea to take your vehicle in for a quick under-the-hood inspection and get an oil change, filter replacement and tire rotation.

8)     Freshen up: After you are finished cleaning your car, add your favourite smelling air freshener to keep your car smelling clean and fresh all spring and summer!

Do you spring clean your car every year?  

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THE GIVEAWAY

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To kick start your vehicle spring cleaning, Hyundai Canada is offering a fun giveaway (valued at over $50) for my Canadian readers –

The ultimate spring cleaning kit for your car, including:

  • Scrub brushes
  • Turtle Wax ICE Synthetic Spray Wax
  • Meguiar’s Hot Rims Wheel Cleaner
  • Meguiar’s Gold Class Car Wash
  • Air Fresheners

Disclosure: “I am part of the Hyundai Drive Squad program, a program that offers the chance to test drive Hyundai vehicles, and provide vehicle tips and tricks for the road, as well as the inside scoop to some of Hyundai’s amazing initiatives.  From cleaning, to safety, to fun activities, and giving back to the community.” @HyundaiCanada #HyundaiDriveSquad

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117 responses to “Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Car {Gift Basket Giveaway}”

  1. Beth — April 17, 2014 @ 1:15 pm (#)

    As often as the kids want to wash it!

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  2. Monique L.S. — April 17, 2014 @ 1:25 pm (#)

    Not often enough. I find it hard over the winter, as I am worried the doors will freeze shut. So, it looks like it is due for a good cleaning.

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  3. Andrea Amy — April 17, 2014 @ 1:26 pm (#)

    In the summer my husband normally cleans his truck every week.

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  4. M james — April 17, 2014 @ 1:27 pm (#)

    I go to carwash every 2-3 wks

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  5. Gizele — April 17, 2014 @ 2:21 pm (#)

    As soon as it gets dirty. About once a week in the summer.

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  6. Erica Seaman — April 17, 2014 @ 2:32 pm (#)

    When I can’t stand the mess anymore:0

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  7. Maureen — April 17, 2014 @ 3:15 pm (#)

    When the weather co-operates usually once a week.

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  8. lori b — April 17, 2014 @ 5:02 pm (#)

    my husband as a rule washes my vehicle, probably once a week

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  9. sarah sar — April 17, 2014 @ 6:17 pm (#)

    Not very often as I’d like to put usually once a month on average.

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  10. Darlene W — April 17, 2014 @ 6:28 pm (#)

    I try to clean the inside of my car at least once a week. I transport my grandchildren to and from school and things pile up quickly. As for washing the outside, my husband takes care of that approximately once a week

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  11. victoria k — April 17, 2014 @ 7:03 pm (#)

    My car usually gets cleaned 6-8 per year.

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  12. Carol M (Lushka S) — April 17, 2014 @ 8:58 pm (#)

    Probably a few times in the winter and once a month in the summer.

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  13. tennille — April 17, 2014 @ 11:35 pm (#)

    Hubby does 🙂

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  14. Brenda Penton — April 18, 2014 @ 2:39 am (#)

    Once a month during the winter and every week in the warmer months.

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  15. Carol Denny — April 18, 2014 @ 5:39 am (#)

    I do wash it in spring and fall

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  16. rachel — April 18, 2014 @ 6:32 am (#)

    Very occasionally

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  17. Jeannie — April 18, 2014 @ 7:37 am (#)

    Honestly, we don’t clean our car very often. Maybe every few months, but usually more during the summer.

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  18. Nicky — April 18, 2014 @ 7:59 am (#)

    once every four months!

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  19. Lori Bazan — April 18, 2014 @ 8:55 am (#)

    My husband does a thorough cleaning of our truck every two weeks…it almost always sparkles both inside and out!

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  20. MrDisco — April 18, 2014 @ 10:00 am (#)

    not often enough

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  21. Judy C (Judy Cowan) — April 18, 2014 @ 10:07 am (#)

    In the nice weather every few weeks, in the winter it doesn’t get done.

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  22. jan — April 18, 2014 @ 10:46 am (#)

    Hardly ever in winter and about once a week in nice weather

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  23. Crystal Englot — April 18, 2014 @ 11:11 am (#)

    My truck is my baby so literally once a week at a minimum I make sure to clean my truck. In the winter though it is more like every 2 weeks.

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  24. Maegan Morin — April 18, 2014 @ 11:28 am (#)

    I clean my vehicle every other month and to be honest i only deep clean it once every six months.

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  25. Leah — April 18, 2014 @ 12:00 pm (#)

    Not often enough!!

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  26. Doreen Lamoureux — April 18, 2014 @ 12:24 pm (#)

    As soon as the snow goes away I am all over it . 🙂 I am always cleaning my car. I vacumn every couple of weeks or more. I am always cleaning dash and inside of the doors.

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  27. Erika B — April 18, 2014 @ 12:30 pm (#)

    I wash my truck twice a week but give it a really good cleaning every month or so

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  28. Anne Perry — April 18, 2014 @ 12:33 pm (#)

    every 6 months.

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  29. Jenness M — April 18, 2014 @ 1:03 pm (#)

    Twice a year in spring and fall

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  30. Anu Chopra — April 18, 2014 @ 1:43 pm (#)

    Every 3 months or so!

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  31. Carole Dube — April 18, 2014 @ 2:11 pm (#)

    Once a month but in winter time doesn’t get vacuum. Come spring I do a big clean up.

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  32. 409cope — April 18, 2014 @ 2:57 pm (#)

    We usually clean our cars every month.

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  33. Rod Jackson — April 18, 2014 @ 3:29 pm (#)

    Spring and fall and when I need to in between.

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  34. Susan W — April 18, 2014 @ 3:35 pm (#)

    Every couple of weeks it gets cleaned.

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  35. Karla Sceviour — April 18, 2014 @ 5:20 pm (#)

    every few months.

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  36. Emily — April 18, 2014 @ 5:58 pm (#)

    I clean my car when it gets dirty and I can’t stand it any more. I don’t drive it as much during the winter so it goes longer between cleans than in the summer.

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  37. Miriam Wilton — April 18, 2014 @ 9:41 pm (#)

    I just bought my very first car ever and i am going to be cleaning it this weekend!

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  38. Alison K — April 18, 2014 @ 10:18 pm (#)

    I rarely clean my vehicle ‘cos my housing does not have such facilities, which is a shame

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  39. BobbiJo Pentney — April 19, 2014 @ 4:57 am (#)

    Not often enough

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  40. Canelle Ray — April 19, 2014 @ 6:21 am (#)

    I usually go to the carwash because I’m too leazy.

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  41. patti barclay — April 19, 2014 @ 6:29 am (#)

    usually once a week

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  42. Jon T — April 19, 2014 @ 9:53 am (#)

    We try for a total clean, inside and out, twice a year.

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  43. Lynda Cook — April 19, 2014 @ 10:12 am (#)

    honestly I don’t do it enough, but my husband looks after the outside and does a pretty good job

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  44. Marcus — April 19, 2014 @ 11:38 am (#)

    Whenever it’s needed. Thank you!

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  45. Stephanie LaPlante — April 19, 2014 @ 12:42 pm (#)

    We clean it approximately once a week.

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  46. Deanna Barkley — April 19, 2014 @ 12:42 pm (#)

    My car doesn’t get washed as often as it should. We live on a gravel road and the car is always dusty and muddy after rain.

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  47. jessica wall — April 19, 2014 @ 5:58 pm (#)

    In the summer I try to keep it cleaned up every few weeks, because I like to rollerblade and hike, which can lead to lots of dirt inside my car! On top of drive-in nights that leave popcorn in there everywhere!

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  48. Elaine R — April 19, 2014 @ 6:53 pm (#)

    We clean the outside more often than the inside. The inside only gets a real good cleaning 2-3 times a year.

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  49. Sarah forrester — April 19, 2014 @ 9:26 pm (#)

    Once every month I clean the car.

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  50. Brianne Hager — April 20, 2014 @ 6:23 am (#)

    I clean out the garbage regularly, but I only usually wash inside once at the beginning of Spring when it warms up outside and once at the end of Fall before it starts to freeze outside. The outside of the car usually gets washed once or twice a month depending on the weather.

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  51. Cassie Fancy — April 20, 2014 @ 8:11 am (#)

    We clean our truck at least once a week

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  52. Sylvia — April 20, 2014 @ 10:57 am (#)

    Every 2 months or so.

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  53. Juliee Fitze — April 20, 2014 @ 11:47 am (#)

    I wash it about 4 times a year

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  54. Donna L. — April 20, 2014 @ 7:18 pm (#)

    I clean my car once every 2 weeks

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  55. Sarah Stickney — April 20, 2014 @ 8:32 pm (#)

    twice a year

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  56. Melinda L. — April 21, 2014 @ 8:42 am (#)

    I clean out the interior about once a month. As for the exterior…once every 6 months?? really need to stop doing that

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  57. Sarah @ Living As We — April 21, 2014 @ 8:48 am (#)

    I don’t own a car, but I help clean others’ cars occasionally. Maybe once or twice a year. 🙂

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  58. SweetPanda — April 21, 2014 @ 11:27 am (#)

    Every two months

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  59. Erika E — April 21, 2014 @ 3:36 pm (#)

    I usually only clean my vehicle a couple times a year. It should be done more often but that’s how often it gets a really good cleaning.

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  60. Julie bolduc — April 21, 2014 @ 4:46 pm (#)

    In the winter none but summer every week

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  61. angela m — April 22, 2014 @ 8:33 am (#)

    Once every 2-3 months

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  62. Jennifer P. — April 22, 2014 @ 2:19 pm (#)

    Hardly ever… More often in the spring and summer that’s for sure (every few weeks?), and almost never in the fall and winter.

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  63. Florence Cochrane — April 22, 2014 @ 4:43 pm (#)

    My husband clean the car few times a year.

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  64. Darrah Bailey — April 22, 2014 @ 6:24 pm (#)

    Monthly 🙂

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  65. nikki robak — April 22, 2014 @ 9:28 pm (#)

    once or twice a year

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  66. Shannon Gnocato — April 22, 2014 @ 10:21 pm (#)

    Totally not enough but my husband fortunately did it for me the other day!

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  67. Brandee H — April 23, 2014 @ 4:03 am (#)

    Definitely not enough. It needs a good cleaning now!

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  68. Doris H. — April 23, 2014 @ 5:13 am (#)

    Usually a thorough cleaning in the Spring and Fall. But I do basic car cleaning a few times throughout the summer as well.

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  69. Julie G. — April 23, 2014 @ 5:36 am (#)

    My hubby is the vehicle cleaner in our household. Usually every couple of weeks or so they get shone up.

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  70. Rekha — April 23, 2014 @ 6:05 am (#)

    Not nearly often enough… it needs some serious cleaning on the inside. I think only the outside’s been done several times, maybe once every 4-6 weeks.

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  71. Tara — April 23, 2014 @ 6:05 am (#)

    My husband gives a great clean in the spring and usually sometime in the summer again and right before it gets cold.

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  72. Tara Forshaw — April 23, 2014 @ 6:44 am (#)

    Not enough, that’s for sure!!! Maybe a through cleaning once or twice a year.

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  73. Alyssa C — April 23, 2014 @ 10:31 am (#)

    Certainly not often enough; it gets a general wipe down usually before we embark on a long trip. And then maybe one or two deeper cleanings per year. We go through the car wash more often, but that doesn’t take care of the inside.

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  74. Tanis — April 23, 2014 @ 12:10 pm (#)

    Not very often now that I have a 5 month old!

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  75. kristen visser — April 23, 2014 @ 12:14 pm (#)

    usually once a month in the spring and summer

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  76. Ann Russell — April 23, 2014 @ 12:43 pm (#)

    Every week when it isn’t snowing!

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  77. Ken Ohl — April 23, 2014 @ 1:47 pm (#)

    my wife is a cleaning nut a couple times a week at least

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  78. Elizabeth Matthiesen — April 23, 2014 @ 3:21 pm (#)

    always before I go on a long trip and after winter has ended.

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  79. Lisa Neutel — April 23, 2014 @ 5:17 pm (#)

    Not nearly enough…. I probably clean my car a couple times a year

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  80. Elva Roberts — April 23, 2014 @ 5:31 pm (#)

    I clean the inside probably every two months. I take it to a car wash at least twice a year and more in the summer. The car is easy to clean.

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  81. anna key — April 24, 2014 @ 2:36 pm (#)

    We clean our vehicle every 2-3 weeks!

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  82. Tava — April 24, 2014 @ 4:50 pm (#)

    nitty gritty grimey breakout the q-tips type cleaning = not enough

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  83. Heather Lynne — April 24, 2014 @ 6:13 pm (#)

    Not often enough! 😉 Just whenever I feel like it!

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  84. Megan — April 25, 2014 @ 2:59 pm (#)

    If my family is lucky, it will get cleaned once a year. LOL! No, seriously! We got our car over 2 years ago and it hasn’t been cleaned yet.

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  85. Heidi Carlson-reid — April 25, 2014 @ 8:20 pm (#)

    I wish I did it more than once a season!

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  86. Lucy — April 26, 2014 @ 4:25 pm (#)

    once every few weeks

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  87. Angela Mitchell — April 26, 2014 @ 9:55 pm (#)

    My car isn’t even a year old yet so I still clean it quite often.

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  88. Leigh-Ann Murphy — April 27, 2014 @ 5:37 pm (#)

    I do a spring and fall cleanup!

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  89. Rebecca Parsons — April 27, 2014 @ 5:50 pm (#)

    I clean my vehicle about once a month in the summer.

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  90. Laurie B — April 27, 2014 @ 8:11 pm (#)

    I don’t do a thorough clean often enough but I do pick up the litter and stuff as we go.

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  91. Jennifer L. — April 28, 2014 @ 9:36 am (#)

    Once every two or three months.

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  92. roger simmons — April 29, 2014 @ 2:48 pm (#)

    About as often as it takes the wife to get mad at me for not cleaning it.

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  93. Tara Jensen — April 29, 2014 @ 5:21 pm (#)

    Not often enough =/

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  94. Kayla Gilbert — April 30, 2014 @ 12:11 pm (#)

    I clean my vehicle about once a month.

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  95. holly o'gorman — April 30, 2014 @ 1:12 pm (#)

    I don’t have a car, entering to win for my bf!

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  96. Jessica G — May 1, 2014 @ 8:25 am (#)

    We do a deep clean once a year before passover

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  97. Jody D — May 3, 2014 @ 6:52 am (#)

    Probably only a couple of times a year, we work out of town so it gets minimal use!

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  98. Gillian Morgan — May 4, 2014 @ 11:49 am (#)

    Not as often as i should. Probably once every few months.

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  99. Denise — May 5, 2014 @ 11:16 am (#)

    Once a year – if we are lucky!

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  100. amber y — May 5, 2014 @ 11:46 am (#)

    Not very often, only about once or twice a year.

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  101. leanne — May 5, 2014 @ 9:50 pm (#)

    Every month or so

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  102. marisa — May 5, 2014 @ 10:35 pm (#)

    /only a few times.year. will do it more with the right tools/products.

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  103. Janet — May 6, 2014 @ 9:45 am (#)

    We clean the car top to bottom at least spring and fall. Since the beach is close by it means lots of spot cleaning also as between kids and dogs we end up with a lot of sand during spring summer and fall.

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  104. Cindy — May 6, 2014 @ 10:08 am (#)

    I try to clean it at least once a month!

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  105. Natalie — May 7, 2014 @ 5:47 pm (#)

    Usually seasonally – depends what’s going on!

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  106. Ei Leen — May 7, 2014 @ 8:19 pm (#)

    Once a month

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  107. Tracy — May 8, 2014 @ 9:44 pm (#)

    once every quarter, mayyyybe?

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  108. Amy C — May 9, 2014 @ 6:30 pm (#)

    My van dose not get cleaned often enough. 2 or 3 times a year.

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  109. Gee — May 10, 2014 @ 12:52 pm (#)

    great article!

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  110. Dreena — May 12, 2014 @ 6:52 am (#)

    Not that often in the winter, but more in the spring/summer (might be once per one and a half weeks).
    Cheers.

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  111. Robyn B. — May 13, 2014 @ 5:35 am (#)

    We clean out our car every month or so.

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  112. elaing8 — May 15, 2014 @ 12:41 pm (#)

    Not very often. Maybe a couple of times in the summer

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  113. Richard Corkum — May 15, 2014 @ 1:37 pm (#)

    I don’t clean my car enough,But try to clean the inside at least once and the outside once a month.

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  114. Terri H. — May 15, 2014 @ 11:33 pm (#)

    I rarely wash my SUV, maybe every few months if I’m lucky. It’s silver gray, so hides the dirt until it’s really bad. Tree sap gathers on the roof and it’s hard to reach. I used some bug cleaner spray a month or so ago when I washed it, all over the roof to loosen that stuff and it was easier to clean, but I am not a fan of using chemicals like that. The insides really needs a good vacuuming, from my dog riding in the back seat. I really hate having to do that job!

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  115. Marie Constantineau — May 17, 2014 @ 11:23 am (#)

    not as often as i should, like once a month

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  116. Siobhan — May 17, 2014 @ 3:04 pm (#)

    Our old car we only washed once or twice a year! We just got a new car, so I think we will be washing it maybe once a month when it is warmer out.

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