Thank you to BLACK+DECKER for sponsoring this post and giveaway
It’s confession time. I have a dirty little secret. It’s my car. So apparently it’s a dirty big SUV-shaped secret. I cannot seem to keep that thing orderly or clean. At all. I clean out the grocery bag full of trash once (or twice) a week… but I cannot get myself to the car wash to get it vacuumed and pulling the dyson out to the garage is too much! Working moms have so many other things on their plates. Vacuuming my car takes a very low priority. And how sad, look how much this hardworking
mobile trash can vehicle does for me:
-hauler of my groceries
-keeper of my returns
-child’s toy box
-child’s wardrobe (jackets and shoes are overrated)
This is not even to mention that the front seat of this car is my P.S.D.U (personal starbucks disposal unit), mobile office, and mini emergency first aid center (conveniently located in front of the passenger seat, commonly known as a glove box.) I seriously couldn’t bring myself to show you that hot mess.
The intensity of this mess might be because I am feeling seriously stressed right now between the upcoming move… which keeps getting delayed due to seller needing time to fix things (ugh), our recent miscarriage, working part time, working here on illistyle (which is the least stressful and most fun of this list), and preparing to leave for 4 days to go to SNAP! Confrence (which might tie for most fun.) But I am feeling a bit stretched and in need of sanity and short-cuts. So crockpot dinners are regular around here. So is this:
This is my quick car cleaning essentials kit. Glass wipes, baby wipes, and the BLACK+DECKER Pivot Vac. This is the best handheld vacuum I have used. It is super powerful, and the head pivots so it can get into tight spaces. PLUS – all the filter and catch cup components are washable! A mother’s dream.
Here’s what I do to get the interior of my car in acceptable shape in the time it takes to pump gas:
1. Gather all trash into a grocery bag (or two… I keep extras in my glove box) and toss it out
2. Use Glass wipes to remove the gooey finger prints from the windows of the back seat
3. Use baby wipes to remove the dried juice spills from the inside of the backdoors, the plastic of the car seat, your kid’s face, maybe your face, – I have been there, I am not judging.*
4. Use the BLACK+DECKER Pivot Vac to get the cereal, discarded stickers, and general debris that gravitates around young children from your floorboards, child’s carseat, and let’s be honest: your seat too.
5. Dump that debris right into the gas station trash can.
6. When you get home, put the vacuum back on the charger and then it’s ready when you need it for whatever else life throws at you
That’s it. So easy. Here’s how the vacuum works, in case you are skeptical:
The vac picked up a small beach worth of sand from my floor boards. Check out what it got from the front seat area alone:
That’s like 1/2 cup of Dirty McDirtness that was just hanging out and getting kicked up whenever I got in/out of my car or opened the windows, or shifted my feet… and a Kix. Apparently it found it’s way from the back seat to the front. Whatever.
I am loving the time this is saving me, not to mention my sanity. You guys know how I am in my home, things are clean. Now my car can be clean too without me having to go to the Car Wash and pay big $$$ or dragging out the Dyson. Ain’t nobody got time for dat.
Want to stop cleaning and start living? You can win a BLACK+DECKER Pivot Vac too! Enter via the rafflecopter below for your chance to win. Open to US and Canada only. 04/23/14-05/07/14. Good luck!
This post and giveaway were generously sponsored by BLACK+DECKER, opinions are strictly my own.
*Some people might be concerned using baby wipes on their vehicle’s interior. Personally, I am ok with it. There are wipes designed specifically for car interiors, but as a mom, baby wipes work just fine for me.