Hit the Road with a Clean Car {Giveaway} #HyundaiDriveSquad

It’s that time of year when many of us get the urge to spring clean. Don’t forget your vehicle! Many of us spend a significant amount of time in our vehicles every day!

Don’t forget to Spring Clean your Car!

Every spring, I do a fairly detailed clean up of my vehicle. The salt and sand from the winter alone make the insides of the car look SO dirty. We spend a fair amount of time in our vehicle between after school shuttling to weekend road trips and I was shocked more like disgusted this spring when I cleaned out our van with what I found! I was able to fill an entire garbage bag with just garbage alone, let alone the stray toys and many more surprises.

Our van is 11 years old and has seen much better days. For a couple of years now, I have questioned its reliability, ever since we broke down on the 401 while on a road trip. Now with many more signs of wear, tear and age, we I admit, the Royal “we” have decided that it is time to get a new vehicle. It has been quite the decision process, but the final decision has been made. We have to wait for our vehicle to be made as I chose my favourite colour and they didn’t have our trim available in that colour. Are you curious what we chose? You’ll have to wait and see for that reveal!

In the mean time, I just couldn’t stand the looks of the inside of our vehicle, so last weekend, I gave my vehicle a good spring clean.

When you spring clean your car, I recommend you empty it out completely, clean it out and re-load it with only the essentials. Be sure you have a garbage bag (or two) on hand as well as your favourite cleaner and some paper towels or rags.
Spring Car Cleaning Kit
Hyundai Canada would like to help you get motivated to spring clean your car so they have generously offered one of my lucky readers an Ultimate Spring Cleaning Car Kit (valued at approximately $50) including:

  • Scrub brushes
  • Turtle Wax ICE Synthetic Spray Wax
  • Meguiarโ€™s Hot Rims Wheel Cleaner
  • Meguiarโ€™s Gold Class Car Wash
  • Air Fresheners
  • Spring Cleaning Tips for your Car

    IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!

    Prize: Ultimate Spring Cleaning Car Kit
    Total arv ~$50
    Open to: Canadian Residents
    Giveaway ends: June 2, 2014 11:59pm EST

    Disclosure: I am a proud member of the Hyundai Drive Squad. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special perks and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are always my own.

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144 Responses to Hit the Road with a Clean Car {Giveaway} #HyundaiDriveSquad

  1. Kirsten says:

    1. I clean my van about 3 times a year.
    2. The kids are allowed to eat some things in the van. Most of the time it’s small snacks on road trips.
    3. We drive a Ford Freestar van.

  2. dor says:

    I wash the inside of my car as soon as the weather allows me. Then it is a couple of times a month. We have a Chev. Sonic. DOREEN LAMOUREUX

  3. gizfarris says:

    I drive a Toyota Yaris hatchback.

  4. K E Hill says:

    I clean out my car maybe 3 times a year, I do’nt allow children to eat in my car and I won a 2004 Kia RioV

  5. Carol Denny says:

    I drive a 2002 Malibu

  6. Soozle says:

    I drive a Toyota echo

  7. Christine says:

    We have a 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT.

  8. Erika Birrell says:

    I drive a 2014 Ford Explorer and I do let my kids eat in it, but it depends what it is, nothing sticky or that is going to make a big mess

  9. Victoria Ess says:

    I clean the inside of my car probably once a month but it’s pretty clean.

  10. Nancy T says:

    I usually clean our van every 2 weeks all year long – I can’t stand all the dirt. I do a thorough clean in the spring to get all the salt stains out but it’s easier to maintain if you don’t let it get out of hand. My girls do eat in the car – it’s a 45 minute drive for my older daughter to get to school and she generally eats breakfast in the car. We drive a 2008 Hyundai Entourage.

  11. jonnieh says:

    My daily car is a Ford Focus that the kids can eat in and it’s always a bit of a mess but we also own a Mustang that they are not allowed to eat in and it stays immaculate

  12. Darlene Schuller says:

    We drive a Chrysler Town & Country, we allow the children to eat/drink in our vehicle depending on where we’re going and how long we’re travelling. We usually give it a good cleaning inside 5-6 times a year.

  13. dewinner says:

    I drive a 2013 GMC Terrain and clean it once a month and no kids eat food in the vehicle

  14. Josie says:

    I drivea Honda CRV. I do let my kids eat in the car and I definitely don’t clean it enough

  15. Gen Franklin says:

    I drive a Hyundai and after a long winter it definitely needs cleaning

  16. Agnes says:

    We have a Subaru Forester.

  17. Jan says:

    there is no eating allowed in our car.

  18. annet says:

    We drive a Toyota Corolla & its in dire need of a cleaning!

  19. Christine Topley says:

    #1 ~ Whenever it needs it #1 ~ yes # 3 ~ A Saturn

  20. Darwin says:

    Yes, we allow our kids eat in the car. It’s really the only way to have a quiet car ride.

  21. Robyn B. says:

    Since I do allow my kids to eat in the car I have ot clean it at least every two weeks. We drive a VW Jetta.

  22. Lushka204 says:

    2001 Nissan Pathfinder

  23. Lynda Cook says:

    I drive a Chevy TrailBlazer and I don’t clean it out enough as I should

  24. Darlene Demell says:

    We drive a 2004 Chev Trailblazer and our kids are grown now so no eating in the car. The car is not cleaned as often as it should be.

  25. julie_bolduc says:

    I drive a grand Caravan

  26. Crystal Englot says:

    I drive a 2010 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD which is my 4 wheel baby so she gets a cleaning once a week!

  27. ’04 Elantra – I typically clean every time I stop the vehicle and have to sit for a minute, kids and dogs are welcome so the back isn’t cleaned up quite as much… lol! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Shari Goss says:

    We are not allowed to leave anything in the van. If I leave stuff in it, it gets thrown out…I can tell you the story of my poor mitten if you want.

  29. kristen visser says:

    i drive a 2007 pontiac G6 and we do not clean it as often as we should. my husbands gotta do a really good spring car clean!

  30. Dawn Wiley-Rader says:

    we clean our dodge grand caravan not as often as we should. depends on the state of the vehicle..if it needs to be vacuumed we vacuum it. Yes we allow our kids to eat in the car, especially if we are on a long trip

  31. elaing8 says:

    Yes kids eat in the car. And they make a mess.

  32. Judy Cowan says:

    We drive a Ford Focus and I try and clean it out at least once a month. And we do allow eating in the car.

  33. Mojo says:

    We clean out our vehicle a couple times per year. Yes the kids eat in the car.

  34. Trish Hope says:

    I have a KIA and now my kids are older only need to clean inside and out every 2 monthes

  35. Melinda Jana says:

    Dodge Dart. No one, not even me is allowed to eat in the car.

  36. Carolle Hall says:

    I drive a Tiburon and I dont mind if people eat in my car and I dont clean my car as often as I should ..:(

  37. Wendy Hutton says:

    No I do not allow the kids to eat in the car.

  38. Monique Shuell says:

    I drive a Toyota Rav4. It does not get cleaned as often as it should.

  39. karla says:

    I clean out my car a few times a year,,yes,everyone eats in it!

  40. ShariD says:

    I drive a Lexus is. I allow my little grandson to eat in it.

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  42. ummilla9 says:

    I clean my honda civic twice a year. The kids aren’t allowed to eat in it.

  43. Tracey Lynne says:

    No I do not allow the kids to eat in the car.

  44. rose says:

    i clean my suburen every two month and kids dont eat in the car

  45. ToCo says:

    I’m constantly cleaning my car and a GOOD, THOROUGH cleaning once a year ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Sweet Panda says:

    We clean our car when we have time. We do allow our kids eat in our car. We drive a Mazda CX-9

  47. shannon says:

    We allow the kids to eat in the car. And so it is always a mess ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Darlene Wissenz says:

    I clean the car once a week, I drive a Saturn Astra and the grandkids can eat in the car if its not too messy

  49. JustPlainSuzi says:

    I only clean my car a couple of times a year but I’ve vowed to take better care of it this year!

  50. Julie G. says:

    I drive an SUV, love the versatility.

  51. Wobbles says:

    No eating in suv and we try to clean it a few times a year

  52. Heidi C. says:

    Yes, I let the kids eat in the car but I have a blanket on the seat that I can shake out :).

  53. Rebby Roberts says:

    I clean out my car once every 3 months…more in the summer though.

  54. Amy says:

    I drive a dodge Caravan

  55. leanne m says:

    My kids eat in my car but they also vacuum it for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Yuen Ch says:

    No I don’t let the kids eat in the car.

  57. Brenda Penton says:

    I clean out my car weekly in the summer.

  58. josee carpentier says:

    No eating in the Kia. Take less time to clean almost every week

  59. Darci Paice-Bailey says:

    Yes, I let them eat in the car, they also bring their dogs sometimes….

  60. ChristinaE says:

    I’m spoiled. My hubby washes our Hyundai’s – Veloster and Genesis Coupe – once a week.

  61. dave says:

    need a good cleaning

  62. flowerchild23 says:

    I try to clean my car once a week but a good cleaning, is once a month

  63. Tanya B says:

    I don’t clean my vehicle as often as I should. No I don’t really let anyone eat in the van and I drive an Odyssey.

  64. Andrea Amy says:

    I don’t drive, no license, but we have a dodge ram that my husband drives and he does not allow the kids to eat in the truck. However, he eats in the truck (and makes a huge mess) and when the kids and I are not in it he smokes in it. He washes the outside weekly, and inside about once a month.

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  66. Glogirl3 says:

    I clean out my car about once a year. I do keep it pretty tidy so there’s usually not much to clean up.

  67. kathy downey says:

    I clean the car in the spring and fall,yes the kids eat in the car,and i have a Hyundia

  68. Audrey Skinner says:

    I usually clean out my car once a year in the Spring.

  69. lyn21 says:

    I drive a 2003 Honda CrV

  70. Connie says:

    I clean my car 3 or 4 times a yr. My grandchildren eat in my car. I drive a Chev Impala.

  71. Jennifer P. says:

    When we had just our first child we still had a rule about no eating in the car. Now that we have two kids we have caved in and allow eating in the car. I don’t like it, not so much for the mess (although I DON’T like that), but also because I don’t think it’s safe re: choking, e.g. in a sudden braking situation, or even worse if we were involved in an accident. However, we always seem to be out and about going from school to activities, and sometimes our only opportunity for a snack or quick meal is en route.

  72. lp says:

    1) How often do you clean out your car? – monthly
    2) Do you allow children to eat in your vehicle? – no
    3) What kind of vehicle do you drive? – dodge dart.
    thanks

  73. Barbara Hutcheson says:

    *******I clean out my car daily, I do not allow any eating in the car but do make exception if on a long road trip but keep a plastic bag in the car to put garbage in to dispose of, I drive a Volvo XC70******

  74. angela mitchell says:

    We drive a Nissan Pathfinder.

  75. Tanis Sergeew says:

    I drive a Honda!

  76. Donnas says:

    I drive a Nissan Sentra.

  77. mommakoala says:

    We drive a Volvo and clean it weekly, because yes, we allow eating in the car.
    (Debbie W)

  78. Lisa Knox Neutel says:

    We drive a dodge truck and a Hyundai sonata , no eating allowed in either vehicle and we are trying to clean our vehicles every weekend..

  79. Nicole says:

    I drive a Mini & clean it monthly. We do eat in the car.

  80. Lori Bazan says:

    I drive a Ford F150 and we clean our truck about every 10 days

  81. cjworld says:

    Once a year usually for a complete cleaning and odd cleanings here and there, yes we eat in the car and we have a 2010 Kia Forte

  82. Erika E says:

    I clean my car twice a year. Usually at the beginning of summer and just before winter. We all eat in the car at times so it gets pretty dirty.

  83. Ron Taylor says:

    I clean my car weekly

  84. Ava Mifflin says:

    I dont clean it as much as I should and yes I let me kids eat in the car ty!

  85. Valerie Theberge says:

    1) 6 times a year
    2) No, but I have 2 dogs
    3) Mazda CX5

    v_theberge@hotmail.com

  86. longnleanlegs says:

    once or twice a year
    yes, we all have snacks or fast food while driving
    Honda Civic 2007

  87. GARRY S says:

    ALMOST NEVER

  88. April Murphy says:

    1-2 times a week my car gets cleaned. Yes we eat and drink in the car, that’s why I clean it so often. I drive a 94 Mazda MX3 KLZE:)

  89. Carol Ceaser says:

    i CLEAN MY CAR 3 TIMES A YEAR.

  90. Kayla Gilbert says:

    No, I do not allow my kids to eat in the car.

  91. Vivian Dionne says:

    I clean my car out once a season.

  92. ronkane says:

    Clean vehicle once a month. Allow only snacks. Santa Fe

  93. Jennifer L. says:

    I clean my car about 3 times a year.

  94. Dreena says:

    I clean out my car about 2 to 3 times per year, that is a major clean out.
    Cheers.

  95. Isabelle Simard says:

    I have a Saturn Vue. My kids ( and my man) think this is a rolling trashcan. You have no idea what i find in this truck !! I clean it the more often i can but it still have a funny smell…..I rent a carpet cleaning machine next week to see if i can save it…

  96. fossie55 says:

    I clean out the car couple times a year
    Florence c

  97. Ronald Gagnon says:

    I drive an suv

  98. Juliee Fitze says:

    I clean my car out a couple of times a year.

  99. Adriana Meagher says:

    every couple days

  100. Darlene Simpson says:

    No eating allowed in our car

  101. Andrea S says:

    I try to clean out my car twice a year.

  102. Alexia Harvours says:

    I usually clean periodically but do a real good clean in the spring and in the fall.

  103. sarah sar says:

    I claen my car out twice a year. After summer and after winter!

  104. Gillian Morgan says:

    I clean my car every month. I do allow eating in my car. I drive a 2012 Honda Civic

  105. Lyndsey says:

    I drive a Ford Escape… I clean the outside every week but the inside… not so much!

  106. aly3360 says:

    We only clean out the BMW a few times a year, but eating is ok.

  107. Treen Goodwin says:

    We have a Ford Escape…I clean it once a week and we don’t have little ones to eat in it ๐Ÿ™‚

  108. Shellie Clark says:

    once or twice a year
    yes, we all have snacks or fast food while driving
    chevy equinox

  109. Cairine says:

    My husband always cleans out my car for me. We don’t have children so our car doesn’t get messy. I drive a Jeep Liberty.

  110. writeanu says:

    We drive a Dodge Caravan and Honda Civic

  111. ElaineB2 says:

    We drive a Pontiac G5.

  112. Eldon Lai says:

    I drive a honda.

  113. jane kramer says:

    yes my kids can eat in my car , I clean it once every week

  114. Leah Lucas says:

    We drive a Pontiac G6 GT and a Ford F-150

  115. sarah stickney says:

    i have an suv and i wash it twice a year. my son is too young to eat in the car still

  116. lisa bolduc says:

    I have a mazda 3 that I do not clean out. my little one is too young to eat in the car, but I do and I make a mess

  117. Elva Roberts says:

    We drive an older Toyota Camry and we do not usually eat in our car.

  118. Cassie Fancy says:

    No we do not let our children eat in our truck

  119. ivy pluchinsky says:

    we do let our children eat certain snacks in the car, nothing too messy though

  120. mohammad anjum says:

    DO NOT EAT IN A CAR

  121. eleanor says:

    I do a through cleaning once a year and yes, I let my son eat in the car.

  122. Holly O'Gorman says:

    Depends on what it is, but yes food is generally allowed. I regularly tidy it, so not too often do I do a huge clean.

  123. Aarone M. says:

    I don’t clean my car very often. yes food is allowed.

  124. Nicolthe pickle says:

    I do let my kids eat in the car, and in the summer I clean it out when it needs it or twice a month.

  125. Elva Roberts says:

    I find Spring Cleaning is easier if you break down the jobs to be done and try to several every week. Then when Summer comes, hopefully your house is sparkling!

  126. Lucy says:

    I try to clean the car once a month

  127. Jill McLean says:

    1) How often do you clean out your car? I don’t my husband does.
    2) Do you allow children to eat in your vehicle? Yes we do
    3) What kind of vehicle do you drive? an Envoy

  128. doodysmama says:

    1) How often do you clean out your car? – Once every couple of months.
    2) Do you allow children to eat in your vehicle? Yes
    3) What kind of vehicle do you drive? A 4 door sedan.

  129. Jenny Major says:

    I clean my car about once every 2 months
    Yes kids can eat in the car
    Honda CRV

  130. Jessica c says:

    I drive a Fiesta and with two kids its nearly impossible not to let them eat in the car as I drive for far distance with them. I wash my car every second month

  131. Sunshine g says:

    A Volvo Station wagon – not cool, but practical. We don’t let our toddler eat in the car unless we’re on a road trip, and we wash it when it rains (slightly appalling but true).

  132. Teresa M says:

    I drive a Chevrolet Cavalier. We do eat in the car in various circumstances and I have my car washed inside and out ever 4 weeks and sometimes sooner.

  133. Surso S. says:

    i drive a 1988 Jeep Cherokee

  134. Jacquie H says:

    I own a Honda CR-V which I try to clean out every 3 months. I do let my daughter eat in the car, but the dogs will often take care of any food droppings. Spilled drinks is another story!

  135. Trish Hope says:

    I clean out the car about every three monthes.Now my kids are older(some have their OWN cars)They can eat in the car with caution.I have a camero now I don’t taxi all three if them!

  136. Karina says:

    I clean my car every 2 months or so, and no I don’t let anyone eat in my car lol. I drive a Ford Escape.

  137. Viv Sluys says:

    We clean out our Mazda MPV once a week (as in pull out all the junk) and vacuum once a month (or aim for that…sometimes it’s more like 6 weeks). My husband washes it (the outside) at least once a month.
    My kids eat in the vehicle all the time.

  138. Christy Martin says:

    We clean out the car (garbage) on a per trip basis. Vacuuming is usually 1-2 times per season and washing is on a per need basis. We visit car washes but also love to do it in the driveway on a sunny afternoon, whether it needs it or not. Honda Accord.

  139. Jaimee says:

    I dont clean my car out nearly as much as Im sure I should be. Lol

  140. Brandee H says:

    My car is a mess. I just cleaned it. But it gets messy so fast! And yes I let my son eat in the car. Messy. But we spend too much time driving. Snacks help!

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