I’ll admit that Brian and I were not the best at keeping our cars clean. With two kids, let’s just say our car is a hot mess after ONE family outing.
Receipts, random bits of paper, bits of snacks and crackers, bags, and empty drinks litter the floor and the side pockets. Stray socks from toddler tantrums take over the rest of the car.
I’ve seen a variety of methods and containers to keep the car trash in check, but the simplest one came from my mom. She tied a plastic bag around the headrest and designated it as the “trash can” for everyone to use.
It pretty much stuck and as long as we keep an extra bag in the seat pocket, our car stays that much cleaner! Yes, there have been times when we’ve forgotten to get an extra bag, and well, let’s just say that it ain’t pretty when we do!
I’ve found other containers add to more “stuff” that we don’t need in the car, especially with children (and sometimes grandparents) climbing in and out of the back just makes it that much riskier of it getting knocked over by accident.
I’ve taken a few photos here to show you how I wrap the bag around the back of the headrest (bonus points if your child knows that it’s the trash bag and thinks it’s fun to put the garbage in there!).
First, open one side of the handle:
Wrap it around the metal part of the headrest:
Pull the bag through the circle:
Go all the way:
Boom! Instant trash bag!
Once we’re finished with it, I literally rip the handle off since it can still be tied on the ends anyway.
How do you keep the inside of your car clean?