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Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks

Men may like to spiff up their engines for faster and higher-performing vehicles, but let's be honest, we ladies just like a car that's clean, organized and reliable. Here are 18 car hacks to keep your four-wheeled baby as pretty as the day you brought her home.

Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks
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Garbage

Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks

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Make a DIY car trash can with this common household organization staple.

Cup holders

Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks

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Use silicone baking cups in your cup holders as a catch-all for crumbs and dirt to avoid awkward clean ups (Amazon, $8).

DIY cup holder

Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks

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And if you don't have a cup holder, you can always use a roll of duct tape.

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Backseat organization

Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks

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Add more backseat organization for the kids with a little help from shoe organizers.

Headlights

Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks

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Clean your hazy and foggy headlights with a bit of toothpaste, a toothbrush and some good old-fashioned elbow grease (Target, $6).

Eating

Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks

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Even though we all hate to admit it, sometimes the drive-thru is the only option. Keep the interior of your car clean by using this genius idea to eat and go.

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Vents

Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks

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Q-tips, they're not just for ears anymore. Clean out your vents with these little hygiene products using this DIY car detailing method.

Upholstery

Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks

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Save money at the car wash using this DIY upholstery cleaner.

Air freshener

Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks

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Keep your car smelling fresh and new by making your own DIY air freshener in your favorite scent.

Dryer sheets

Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks

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Speaking of a fresh-smelling car, placing an open box of dryer sheets will keep your car smelling like fresh laundry, and really, what's better (Walmart, $3)?

Frozen car locks

Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks

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Unlock frozen car locks faster by squirting a bit of hand sanitizer on the key and lock (Walgreens, $4).

Tissues

Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks

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Avoid squishing your tissue box by making your very own holder using none other than a coffee cup.

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Gas cap finder

Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks

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Don't know what side to pull up to at the gas station? Now you do.

Garage dings

Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks

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Keep your car doors safe from yourself by using a pool noodle in the garage.

Ladies car kit

Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks

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Keep your lady items on hand at all times using this DIY kit.

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Hide your key

Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks

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If you don't have someone on hand to carry your extra key, you can always have it with you.

Backseat slumber

Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks

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Whether it's for camping or long drives, this inflatable mattress fits in the backseat of your car perfectly (Amazon, $120). But remember, everyone in the car should be buckled up for safety.

DIY seat protector

Simplify your car and life with these awesome and clever hacks

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Use a yoga mat to make your very own DIY car seat protector with this tutorial.

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