DIY Car Tips

Posted by Tom Crimmins Realty, Ltd. on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 at 1:33pm.

Other than your home and work, there's no place you spend more time than in your car. Every morning, afternoon and maybe even on weekends, your car serves as your own personal space while driving where you need to go. For a spot that many are in for hours a day, people seem to shy away from DIYing some improvements.

DIY Felt Air Freshener

Sometimes cars carry a unique smell. A forgotten bit of food, an overturned latte, or sweaty gym clothes can cause your auto not to be the best-smelling spot for your morning commute. Instead of buying one of those boring Christmas tree air fresheners, make your own and spice up your interior. 


  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Hot Glue or a needle + thread 
  • Your favourite essential oil

Step 1: Take your felt and cut it out to your desired shape. You can even cut out multiple pieces as so to layer them for a more interesting design. 

Step 2: Put a few drops of essential oil on your felt and place it in a sunny spot for an hour so it can soak up all the lovely scents.

Step 3: Use your hot glue or thread to attach your felt pieces together and attach a loop to the back. Loop around your rearview window, and enjoy the wonderful smell.

Shine Headlights With Toothpaste

As cars age, the plastic covering of the headlights tends to cloud up, aging the look of your car and making your headlights less effective. While there are a lot of store-bought products, there's an easy solution to shine your headlights.

Step 1: Squeeze about one-quarter teaspoon of toothpaste into a soft cloth. Rub the toothpaste over the headlight in a circular motion.

Step 2: Keep buffing until you don't see any more stickiness or residue from the toothpaste. 

Even if it rains, the plastic remains clear and looks as if it was brand new. This DIY only takes a couple of minutes, can be done whenever needed, and costs next to nothing, so there's no harm in trying it.

Keep your wheels looking brand new

While you can go to the car wash and drop more than a hundred dollars on detailing. you can make your car shine by yourself. After washing your vehicle, make your tires and wheels (or hubcaps) sparkle with some baking soda.


  • Small mixing bowl
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon disk soap
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Cloth

Step 1: Mix 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 tablespoon dish soap, and 2 cups warm water in a small bowl.

Step 2: Use a soft sponge or tower to wash and gentry scrub the tires and hubcaps. 

Step 3: Spray it off with water and your car should be looking brand new.

DIY Spray Defogger for Windows

One of the most dangerous things that can happen in a car is having your windows fog up while driving. Your visibility is reduced and you can get distracted when trying to change your AC. Thankfully, a simple fix with a spray will keep your windows fog-free for at least a month and keep your car smelling refreshing.


  • Small mixing bowl
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • Essential oil
  • Spray bottle
  • Cloth

Step 1: Make sure your hot water is heated to the point of it almost boiling, and pour it into the mixing bowl. Add the vinegar and a few drops of essential oils to the bowl.

Step 2: Funnel the mixture into a spray bottle once it cools down to room temperature.

Step 3: Spray the mixture over the insides of windows and wipe with a lint-free cloth. Your windows will stay fog-free and your car will smell great. Reapply every month as needed to keep your windows clear. 

If you are looking for a place where you can live with comfortable parking for your cars, we at Tom Crimmins Realty would be happy to help you find your dream home. Contact us at 718-370-3200 or you can visit our website at


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