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Tackle spring car cleaning with these tips

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Did you know men are twice as likely as women to leave dirty diapers or doggie-doo bags in the car overnight? If you answered yes … well, it’s kinda weird you knew that.

But in the proverbial Battle of the Sexes, according to a recent Jiff Lube study, where car cleanliness is concerned, both men and women can be pretty disgusting.

But with this season of renewal upon us, it’s time to put aside such meaningless differentiators, and come together to wipe the slate — and our cars — clean. A chore which 90 percent of respondents to a Cars.com survey said they’d be doing themselves.

We have suggestions to help you prioritize tasks — so take a deep breath, hold your nose, and spring to action on spring car cleaning…

Start with the outside:

  • Scrub your tires first using a tire-cleaning spray and firm brush.
  • Wash the body top-to-bottom with a carwash product and using the two-bucket method, one containing clean soapy water and the other dirty rinse water.
  • Hose off the underbody.
  • Dry with a clean microfiber towel.
  • Wax to protect the paint and preserve that just-washed shine.

Now you’re ready to move on to the interior:

  • Remove clutter accumulated over the winter months that never made their way to trashcan.
  • Use a mild cleaning spray and microfiber cloth on the dash, console and other surfaces.
  • Vacuum the seats, floormats, rugs and trunk.
  • Clean floormats, scrubbing rubber ones with soapy water and carpeted ones with carpet cleaner.

Or you can spring for a professional detailing if you feel like dropping a couple C-notes — but, dudes, even if you leave it to the pros, at least take those dirty diapers out first.

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