How to Clean Car Seats

Anyone else taking this time to do things they’ve been meaning to do forever? I’m raising both of my hands right now. I’m finally taking the time to clean my car seats and they sure did need it! The question can be posed how to clean car seats in a safe and practical way.

How to Clean Car Seats

How to Clean Car Seats

With 5 kids you can imagine the wear and tear my car seats get. I feel like I’m constantly saying to my kids, “Don’t put your feet on the seats!” And guess what? They always do. I started looking up how to clean car seats last week because I had had it.

I’m taking all of this time right now to clean my house, I figure I might as well take the time to clean my car, too. The cars are always the last thing on my list and they shouldn’t be. I feel like we live in our cars as much as we do our home sometimes!

Let me get back to the question at hand – HOW TO CLEAN CAR SEATS?

There are a few things you need to keep in mind when you’re determining how to go about cleaning car seats:

  1. What kind of material are your car seats (leather, vinyl or cloth)?
  2. What kind of wear and tear is happening (do you have kids? are you using carseats?)
  3. What color are your car seats? Many times if you have lighter car seats dirt and grime shows up a lot quicker!

Many times when you purchase a car the dealer or the brand of the car will gift you car seat cleaner. That helps because it immediately takes away the question of how to clean car seats because you have the solution and/or cleaner already. Just follow the directions and you’re good to go.

But! And there’s always a but… when the cleaner or solution runs out, you will need to know what to do.

How to Clean Car Seats

How to Clean Fabric Car Seats –

If you’re someone who doesn’t like to use chemicals when it comes to cleaning, I have a solution (no pun intended) for you. When trying to determine how to clean car seats without toxic chemicals look to what you have at home.

My advice?

1. You can easily and safely use basic vinegar into a mixture. When I was pregnant with my kids i would use a vinegar mixture all the time to clean. The smell can be a little crazy, but it’s a safe cleaning solution to use – especially if you have kids.


Just mix a cup of vinegar and a gallon of hot water into a bucket. You can add a few drops of dish spa if you want, but it’s not necessary.  Take a rag or a sponge and dip into the solution for a good cleaning. You can use this all over your fabric car seats.

2. You could also use laundry detergent, too. I know that there are pure and clean detergents, so definitely utilize those brands and use on your car seats to clean them. I would take a cap full of detergent and add to a gallon of water.

How to Clean Car Seats

Make sure you cover all of the spots with this easy mixture for cleaning. This leaves your car smelling delicious, too! You won’t regret doing this one. As far as letting it dry, keep your doors and open for about an hour or more to let the air circulate through.

If you don’t mind using chemicals on your fabric/cloth car seats when trying to figure how to clean car seats, here are (2) products I would recommend you using.

1. Bissell Pawsitively Clean Foaming Power Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner – Don’t laugh here because I don’t have pets, but I have found this cleaner to work exceptional for a car full of kids. My cousin gave me this tip years ago and I have used it for YEARS!

I love this Bissell product because it:

  • Special foam lifts and cleans
  • Fabric-safe brush makes clean-up that much easier
  • Ideal for upholstery, vinyl, plastic, pet beds and carpet
  • Intended for Dog and Cat stain and odor removal

2. Woolite Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner 12 oz. Foam – Here’s another easy on the go solution for cleaning fabric car seats.

Woolite Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner 12 oz. Foam

How to Clean Car Seats was last modified: May 8th, 2020 by Audrey McClelland
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How to Clean Car Seats was last modified: May 8th, 2020 by Audrey McClelland