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Natural Car Care Tips

Keep a laundry basket in your car trunk. Put grocery bags into it and they will stay upright so groceries won't roll around in the trunk. Or, add any loose items to keep the trunk organized and for easy transport from the car to the house.

Odors will not stay in your car if you put several drops of vanilla onto a cotton ball and hide the ball under a seat.

Spray the front grille with Pam to help keep bugs from sticking and. Any bugs that do remain can be cleaned off easier.

Small chips in car windows can be plugged with clear nail polish. Do not apply pressure or cracks will form around the chips.

Keep a felt blackboard eraser in your glovebox. When the windshield fogs up, erase it. An eraser is much more absorbent than a paper napkin or your hand.

Keep It Clean

To clean rust from chrome bumpers and trim by rubbing them with dampened aluminum foil.

Put baking soda in the bottom of your ashtray to absorb cigarette odor. Add more after emptying the ashtray.

Empty your ashtray into the barrel in the morning before driving, so there isn't a danger of paper trash starting on fire. Don't dump the ashtray onto the ground so they could end up in the ocean.

Sprinkle baking soda on fabric upholstery and carpets, let set for seveal hours, then vacuum to get rid of odors from cigarettes, vomit, etc.

Remove a sticker from a metal bumper with alcohol.

Bumper stickers on your car body or window can be removed with WD-40. Spray it on and let it set for a few minutes for easy removal.

Clean corrosion from battery terminals with baking soda and water. Add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to 2 cups of warm water, apply to corroded areas, and scrub with a toothbrush or wire brush.

Keep batteries from corroding by applying Vaseline to the terminals.

A musty odors from the car trunk can be removed while the car is parked for 24 hours. Pour vinegar over white bread in a bowl, and place the bowl in the trunk. The bread will absorb the musty smell. (Remove the bowl before driving around so there are no spills.)

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Keep Out Mice

Keep mice out of your car trunk by adding a cotton ball full of peppermint essential oil. DO NOT use peppermint to keep mice out of the inside of your car or house if you have a child under five, you are pregnant, or you have high blood pressure.

The respiration of a baby can be slowed down or even stopped if peppermint oil or menthol is close enough for the baby to even breathe either one. High blood pressure can be elevated further by peppermint essential oil taken orally, and children under 5 should not take peppermint tea or menthol cough drops should not be given to children under five -- so harmful effects could be caused by breathing it constantly in a car or house. Large doses of peppermint oil may also be harmful during pregnancy, so why take a chance on breathing it constantly if you are pregnant.

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