How much time do you spend in your car each week? Would you be surprised to learn that most people spend over 8 hours a week in their vehicles? With so much time spent in a small area, keeping it clean might be a top priority. If it isn’t, it should be. A car is not only a reflection of you but keeping it clean can also put you in a better mood every time you get in.

For those that aren’t on a regular car cleaning routine, now would be an excellent time to get used to doing so. With so much focus on the Coronavirus, making surface areas clean and disinfected from possible contaminants is essential. With car cleaning, there are many features to focus on, including the removal of dirt and debris, pollutants, and bacteria and viruses. 

In this article, we’ll go over the benefits of cleaning your car’s interior and the types of cleaners you can purchase. Finally, we’ll go over the best overall cleaners on the market today that provide not only highly effective cleaning for dirt removal but also ones that can sanitize surfaces.


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Benefits of car interior cleaners

When you look at your car, what do you see? Is it kept in reasonable condition? Does the inside match the outside? Having a well-kept vehicle, inside and out, is not as difficult as one might think. Dedicating just one day a week to cleaning can provide many great benefits. These include:

  • enhanced appearance
  • retain car’s value
  • eliminate the presence of dirt and debris
  • kill containments
  • prolong interior features, i.e., dash/leather seats


Types of car interior cleaners

There is no shortage of auto cleaning products on the market today. Whether you prefer simply to use a cleaner or pack a powerful punch at eliminating dirt and debris, there is a product for virtually any surface.


Car cleaning sprays can be used for a variety of purposes. There are all-purpose cleaners that wipe away dust and debris, that can also add fragrance. There are also leather sprays that can clean and condition seats and other leather surfaces. These are excellent products to use as you get more bang for your buck. Typically, you can use sprays more than you can other auto cleaners. However, there is a downside to sprays. Often, these can cause discolorations on certain material types, especially in cases of overspray.

Interior wipes

One of the most well-known options for cleansers is interior wipes. There are several brands available on the market, including the most marketed, Armor All. Wipes come in various options, including air fresheners, leather wipes for conditioning, all-purpose cleansers, plastics, and more. To break it down further, many interior wipes also offer an option for finishes. These can include a gloss or matte finish.


Car wax isn’t just for the outside of your car. There are a few options for interior car wax on the market. Turtle Wax is one of the most commonly known and widely used. Waxes work to eliminate tough stains and debris, though they are mostly used to protect surfaces and make parts look visually appealing. Wax is usually applied with a cloth, wiped in, and then removed.


5 best car interior cleaners in the market

So you’re ready to get started cleaning the inside of your car. But first, you’ll need the proper tools. Below we have included the top five products you should consider for your vehicle. Should you be looking to disinfect with EPA-approved cleaners, Bug Guys Pest Control provides virus protection plans that are a perfect complement to routine cleaning. This can ensure your vehicle is free from harmful viruses, including COVID-19.

Carfidant Ultimate Interior Cleaner (All Around Cleaner)

If you are looking for a good all-around cleaner, which is important, you may want to give Carfidant a try. This interior cleaning spray is perfect for just about every surface in your vehicle. We like this spray because it’s versatile and works on a variety of surfaces including cloth seats, carpets, upholstery, dashboards, final, and plastic. There’s no heavy smells and is gentle on most painted surfaces.

Meguiar’s Vinyl/Rubber Cleaner and Protectant (Dashboard)

Dashboards are susceptible to cracking and warping due to excessive sun exposure. One way that you can prevent dashes from experiencing unsightly cracking is with Meguiar’s vinyl cleaner. This is perfect for most dash types and can solve the problem of premature cracking while giving a visually stunning appearance.

We like this product because it not only works well, but it is also affordable. Along with being easy to use, we highly recommend this in everyone’s car cleaning arsenal.

Chemical Guy Leather Cleaner and Conditioner (Leathers)

Whether your vehicle features real leather or vinyl, it is crucial to condition. Conditioning is probably just as important as cleaning the material is. Thankfully, Chemical Guy’s offers an impressive leather cleaner and conditioner that everyone should have. It is simple to apply, comes in wipes and sprays, protects against UV rays, and much more. If you are looking for a cleaner that will nourish and restore the texture of your leather seats, dashboard, and more, this is it. Meguiar’s also has an excellent lineup of leather care conditioning wipes and sprays worth an honorable mention in this category.

Meguiar’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner (Carpet)

Your carpets and upholstery receive the most use of the vehicle. Whether you’re trying to remove stains or eliminate dirt, debris, and bacteria, having this carpet and upholstery cleaner in your collection is a must. It utilizes a strong cleaning foam that will bind to contaminants lifting them from the upholstery and carpet. Not only will this help eliminate stains, but it can also do well against fighting odors. You can choose to use it in a spray pattern for an all-over cleaning or more concentrated spot cleaning if needed.

303 UV Protectant Spray (Honorable Mention)

As an all-around cleaner, 303 UV protectant spray doesn’t perform an awesome job at cleaning most surfaces. What we really like about this product is that it provides your seats and dashboard with protection from the sun. UV rays are responsible for cracked dashes and fabric fading. Guarding against these things can keep your interior looking like new.



Keeping your vehicle clean, especially during times such as these with a viral pandemic is critical. Using the best products on the market, it doesn’t take as long as you might think to eliminate harmful continents from your vehicle. Remember to pay careful attention to all interior surface areas such as the steering wheel, dash, seat, buttons, as well as the interior and exterior door handles that get touched quite frequently. 

For the ultimate clean, and peace of mind that your car, truck, or SUV is properly disinfected from bacteria and viruses, including COVID-19, Bug Guys Pest Control offers a virus protection plan for autos. Get started today by contacting us online by clicking here, or call our office at (442) 227-8409.