Hobbies Cars & Motorcycles Homemade Cleaning Products to Detail Your Ride Make your car sparkle without spending a dime Share PINTEREST Email Print Inti St Clair / Getty Images Cars & Motorcycles Cars How Tos Buying & Selling Basics Reviews Tools & Products Classic Cars Exotic Cars Corvettes Mustangs Tires & Wheels Motorcycles Used Cars SUVs Trucks ATVs & Off Road Public Transportation By Erin Huffstetler Maryville College Erin Huffstetler is the former frugal living expert for The Balance. She covered how to save money and get out of debt. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter LinkedIn LinkedIn Erin Huffstetler Updated August 23, 2018 A clean car does drive better. (At least it feels like it!) But getting it that way doesn't have to clean out your wallet. Here are a bunch of homemade car cleaner recipes that will make your car look like it was detailed by a professional. Car Wash Solution What You Need: A bucket of waterLiquid castile soap Add a couple of drops of liquid castile soap to a bucket of water, stir it in, and use it to wash your car. Liquid castile soap is made from plant oils and contains no harsh chemicals or detergents, so it's perfect for cleaning your car. It won't create suds like store-bought car wash soap, but don't let that fool you. It's a cleaning powerhouse. Add a couple of drops of liquid castile soap to a bucket of water, stir it in, and use it to wash your car. Liquid castile soap is made from plant oils and contains no harsh chemicals or detergents, so it's perfect for cleaning your car. It won't create suds like store-bought car wash soap, but don't let that fool you. It's a cleaning powerhouse. Window Cleaner What You Need: White vinegarSpray bottleNewspaper Spray full-strength vinegar onto your car's windows. Allow it to sit for a few minutes. Then wipe dry with a piece of newspaper. You'll be left with perfect, streak-free windows. Chrome Cleaner What You Need: White vinegarWaterSpray bottleSponge or cleaning cloth Mix together equal parts white vinegar and water. Then spray it on your wheels and work it in with a sponge or cleaning cloth. Give it a few minutes to go to work on all that brake dust and other grime. Then rinse it off. If dirt remains, repeat the process. Note: Vinegar should not be used on aluminum alloys. Tire Cleaner What You Need: Baking sodaWater.Scrub brush. Mix baking soda and water together to form a paste. Then work the paste into the tires with a scrub brush. Let it sit for several minutes and rinse. Carpet and Upholstery Stain Remover What You Need: White vinegarBaking SodaScrub brush Mix white vinegar and baking soda to form a paste. Work the paste into any carpet and upholstery stains with a toothbrush or something similar. Allow the paste to dry. Vacuum up the baking soda, and the stains should be gone. Some stains may need to be treated more than once. Tough stain? Laundry stain removers might prove helpful in removing it. Interior Cleaner What You Need: White vinegarWaterSpray bottleCleaning cloth Mix equal parts white vinegar and water. Then spray it on any vinyl, plastic, or wood surfaces in your car that needs cleaning. Allow it to soak in. Wipe dry with a clean cloth. Interior Protectant/Dressing What You Need: 1 cup mineral oilSpray bottle or bowl2 cleaning cloths Put the mineral oil in a spray bottle or bowl. Use a clean cloth to wipe a small amount of the dressing on the dashboard and any other plastic, wood, or vinyl surfaces. Finish by wiping off the excess with another cleaning rag. Warning: Do not use mineral oil on the steering wheel, pedals, or any other controls where slipperiness could pose a hazard. Also be careful not to get in on your windows.