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The fresh layer of grass, blooms bursting into color, and pale green gracing the trees are banners everywhere. They’re declaring that spring is finally here! With all of nature alive and gorgeous, it’s no wonder it creates a desire to make the rest of the places we live beautiful, fresh, and scrubbed brand-new also.
The warmer weather makes this the perfect time of year to Spring Clean Your Car too! While a good wash and a detail job are great places to start, there are a few things that you might want to add to your list. They’re easy to forget, but they’re crucial not to miss!
Things You Don’t Want To Forget When You Spring Clean Your Car
#1 Check All Your Current Maintenance Needs
This is a great time to run down the list of regularly needed maintenance your vehicle requires to check if anything is due! Oil changes, replacing or rotating tires, liquid flushes, etc. Make a note of what needs to be done now, or what is coming up and what time or mileage you’ll need to be watching for. One thing you might not think to change is especially vital for spring, in fact, it’s so important I’m giving it all of the next point which is….
#2 Change Your Cabin Air Filter
I love Texas in the spring. It explodes with gorgeous color everywhere. However, that beauty comes along with a sneaky little something that’s not so glorious. The name of this wretched companion? Pollen!
Yes, even if you didn’t have allergies before, if you move to East Texas there’s a good chance you will! Because of this, the main thing not to forget on my car spring cleaning checklist is swapping out my cabin air filter. Cabin air filters clean the air you breathe inside your car, which makes a fresh one a MUST during allergy season.
Cabin Air Filters are often overlooked, but changing them out is easy to do yourself. It is recommended you do this annually or every 12,000 miles. As always, you should follow recommended change intervals as noted in your vehicle owner’s manual.
It’s easy to see if your vehicle has a cabin air filter by using this site to check. If your vehicle does have one, it will also help you find the part number for the FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter that you need! Of course, your next step will be to purchase it at your local Walmart. Just look for the green packaging!
I mentioned that the cabin air filter is easy to replace yourself, but obviously, you’ll still need a guide. I love that FRAMFreshBreeze.com provides installation guides and times in both video and written format, which are so useful! Don’t want to copy it all down or lug your laptop along? The site also provides a texting feature which allows your search results (installation videos and part number) to be sent to your phone!
The FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter is the only cabin air filter that uses the natural deodorizing qualities of ARM & HAMMER® baking soda. This means while you’re filtering dust, dirt, and allergens from the air, you’re also freshening it at the same time! Did you know that contaminants that enter your vehicle with outside air can become concentrated? This means the air inside your vehicle can be up to 6X’s dirtier than the air outside. Yuck!
As I mentioned, you can find the easy installation guides at FRAMFreshBreeze.com, but I also wanted to show you just how easy swapping it out is!
Step One: Locate your cabin air filter. Using the guide, locate the cabin air filter. On our minivan, it’s located behind the glove box. We just pushed in the tabs on both sides, and it popped down and allowed access.
Step Two: Remove the cabin air filter cover. Our cover looks like this long, black plastic piece.
Step Three: Next, remove the old cabin air filter. Our cabin air filter definitely needed changing! I couldn’t believe how much debris it had in it, not to mention you could tell it was full of pollen and dirt as well. Quite a bit of debris had built up in the housing for the filter as well, so we also cleaned all of that out during this step.
Step Four: Replace with new FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter. All you have to do is place it back in the empty slot, with the arrows facing down.
Step 5: Finally, replace cover and close back up. It really is so simple! It took us under 10 minutes from start to finish. Changing out your cabin air filter is definitely something you’ll want to look into as you spring clean your car.
With a new cabin air filter you can have peace of mind about the air your family will be breathing during all those car line pickups and long summer road trips. Next, it’s time to tackle another peace of mind area.
#3 Re-Stock Your First Aid Kit
Every vehicle should have a first aid kit in it. These have come in handy more times than I want to recall for my adventuresome children. For a vehicle kit, you’ll want items that can cover minor bumps and bruises to a more serious injury. Here’s just a good starting point! It might seem like a lot, but you really only need just a few of each thing, the rest you can use to restock your medicine cabinet!
- Bandages in a variety of shapes and sizes including butterfly bandages
- rubber gloves
- Gauze & adhesive
- Alcohol Wipes or type of disinfectant
- ice pack
- burn cream
- insect bite cream
- Pain medicine
- List of Emergency Contact Numbers
When it comes to safety, being prepared is wonderful and can give you peace of mind. It can also help that busted chin at the playground a little less traumatic for everyone!
#4 Create a Just-In-Case Kit
There are plenty of “If only I had thought to bring…” moments in life. Not the ones that an emergency first aid kit tackles, but those little every day inconveniences. When you tuck a “Must-Have” kit safely into your car, however, those will happen a lot less. This is the perfect spot for those things that are crucial to have on hand if you need them, but are a hassle to lug around in your purse. I keep mine handy in my glove box or middle compartment, and it’s come to my rescue many times! You’ll want to personalize this to your stage of life and personal needs, but here’s a sample of some of the things I keep in mine!
- Mechanical Pencil or Pen
- Mini Note Pad
- Disinfectant gel or wipes
- Laundry “To Go” Wipe
- Mints (or gum)
- Cough Drops
- Hair Band
- Contact Case
- Few dollars in Quarters
Once you add these items to your Spring Cleaning Car Checklist your car will be beautiful and ready for hours of fun! You spend a huge amount of time in your car each day whether you’re commuting, taking a summer road trip vacation, or playing chauffeur for the kids. Now you can feel confident that you’re breathing fresh air and fully prepared for whatever life throws your way!
We all love to make our lives easier, right? Be sure to check out the ideas here for even more car tips, tricks, and life hacks!