Spring Cleaning: Best Car Care Products (2021)

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Warm weather means getting out and enjoying the sun! Before you take that next road trip or just go for a sunshine day cruise, maybe we should take a moment to refresh your car that hasn’t been aired out or properly cleaned since *checks calendar* last spring. Wait, are those gingerbread crumbs in the seats? When was the last time we had gingerbread…? 

If your car is in desperate need of a refresh, check out the top cleaning products we’ve found for all aspects of your auto. 

Windows – Invisible Glass Premium Glass Cleaner

Invisible Glass Premium Glass Cleaner/Image Credit: Invisible Glass

Overwhelmingly positive online reviews have definitely proven to us that Invisible Glass Premium Window & Glass cleaner truly lives up to its name. This cleaner is powerful enough to clean up all the nasty things our windows endure on a daily basis, including but not limited to bird droppings, splattered bugs, and just plain old everyday road grime.  Yet, for such a strong cleaner, Invisible Glass is ammonia free, leaves behind no streaky residue or funky smells, and is even safe to use on tinted glass. Talk about best of both worlds!

Air Freshener – Chemical Guys New Car Smell

Chemical Guys New Car Smell Air Freshener/Image Credit: Chemical Guys

Not a big fan of the more perfume-y type air fresheners? No judgement. We love a good coconut or watermelon scent here at BestRide, but to each their own. If the “fresh” part of “freshener” is what matters, this is the product for you. Chemical Guys have bottled the much sought after but rarely replicated “New Car Smell” so that your ride can now smell like you just drove it off the lot. The plus side of it being in a spray bottle means you can control how much or how little of the scent you’d like to be smelling.

Tires – Meguiar’s Endurance Tire Gel

Meguiar’s Endurance Tire Gel/Image Credit: Meguiar’s

Meguiar’s makes excellent middle-of-the-road products that are a great balance of cost and quality, and their Endurance Tire Gel is no exception. An application every month with a pad or sponge (a little goes a long way) and your tires will be shining like a brand-new penny, with the added protection against harsh UV rays and browning.

Interior/Upholstery/Carpet – CarGuys Super Cleaner

CarGuys Super Cleaner/Image Credit: CarGuys

Why are upholstery, carpet, and interior all lumped into one? That’s because Car Guys Super Cleaner lives up to its name: this cleaner is seriously versatile. It’d probably be faster to list all the surfaces it DOESN’T work on. No matter what your interior is made of or trimmed with, Super Cleaner will do an excellent job getting rid of frustrating stains and making your car look like the plastic just came off.

Leather Upholstery – Chemical Guys Leather Cleaner and Conditioner Complete Leather Care Kit

Chemical Guys Leather Cleaner & Conditioner Complete Leather Care Kit/Image Credit: Chemical Guys

While you can also use CarGuys Super Cleaner on leather, we still wanted to highlight a high-quality specialty product for keeping your leather seats supple and conditioned. Chemical Guys Leather Care Kit really is a one-two punch that will keep your leather looking luxurious and fresh in no time flat. The cleaner safely removes dirt and oil from the pores of the leather, and the conditioner then nourishes and protects the leather from cracking or drying out. It might be a tad time-consuming, but your leather seats will thank you.

Headlights – Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit

Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit/Image Credit: Sylvania

Restore sun damaged and hazy headlights in 30 minutes with this handy kit from Sylvania. Complete with a lifetime warranty, this 2-step kit will remove haze, improve vision, and reduce glare in oncoming drivers’ eyes! Save a pretty penny doing it, compared to the cost of completely replacing headlight lenses.

Soap – Chemical Guys Mr. Pink Super Suds Car Wash

Mr. Pink Super Suds Superior Surface Cleaner Car Wash Shampoo/Image Credit: Chemical Guys

Your car will come out looking lustrous and shiny after a sudsy washing with this cleaner from Chemical Guys. Low-grade detailing shampoos are often too strong, stripping the wax and staining rubber and plastic. Not with Mr. Pink! Mr. Pink strikes the perfect balance of being tough on dirt and grime but gentle on your vehicle’s exterior. Plus, it smells good to boot.

Wax – Chemical Guys Butter Wet Wax

Butter Wet Wax Warm & Deep Carnauba Shine/Image Credit: Chemical Guys

This isn’t a promoted ad for Chemical Guys, we swear. They just consistently make high-quality products that will keep your vehicle looking it’s best. Butter Wet Wax may sound like a funny name, but you can’t deny the results. This wax melts into the paint like butter, making for a quick wax on/wax off process. Your vehicle comes out with an incredibly vibrant shine, on top of the wax creating a protective layer against UV rays, dirt, and everyday scuffs.

Cleaning Tools – Meguiar’s Microfiber Wash Mitt/ Mothers Professional Grade Premium Microfiber Towels

Meguiar’s Microfiber Wash Mitt/Image Credit: Meguiar’s
Mothers Professional Grade Premium Microfiber Towels/Image Credit: Mothers

The final one-two punch of this Spring Cleaning list are your total basics. A wash mitt to help you effectively wash your vehicle, and a quality microfiber towel to safely and quickly dry it without risk of scratching the paint. The Meguiar’s Wash Mitt can soak up to ten times its own weight in liquids, while carrying more suds for a quicker scratch-free wash. Wrap it up by drying your ride off with a few super absorbent Mothers Microfiber towels and your car will come out looking like it rolled off the lot this morning.

These are our personal favorites when it comes to car care, and we hope you’re chomping at the bit to get out there and use some of these products on your ride. We should also note that you don’t need to be driving a hot new ride to care about the quality of your cleaning products. Your vehicle deserves some love no matter the make, model, or year. So, grab your wash mitt and some Mr. Pink and start scrubbing. Happy Spring Cleaning!

Annie Boss

Annie Boss

Annie grew up in a small mining town in northern Utah, which gave her an early appreciation of big trucks with even bigger tires. She has a true passion for writing, as well as injecting lighthearted fun and gentle goofs into every piece she puts out. Annie now resides in Phoenix, Arizona, and has been writing about automotive and automotive-adjacent topics for the past two years. Her dream car is a bright yellow hard top Jeep Wrangler with SHERA on the vanity plate.