39 Must-Have Products For Anyone Who Refers To Their Car As Their “Baby”

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Including a headlight restoration kit to get rid of the cloudiness, a scratch remover for the time you hit the mailbox (shhh), and other things to keep your car looking, smelling, and working great.

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A dual-ended vent duster to reach dust that your fingers can’t. The cleaning cloths are removable so you can toss them in the wash after they get dirty. And the other end of the duster is a brush that’s great for getting rid of dirt and crumbs that are wedged in your car’s nooks and crannies.


Promising review: “These are AWESOME! I always had a hard time cleaning the air vents in my vehicles and would use a cleaning solution with cotton buds. This is SO much easier. Comes in a pack of three so I kept two and gave one to my mom!” —Sadie&Dove

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $8.99.


A glass cleaner that’ll make cleaning your windshield a breeze. The microfiber bonnet is washable so you can use and reuse this handy gadget.


Promising review: “Ever since I bought this, I’ve been kicking and asking myself why I waited to long. Cleaning the inside of the windshield is not an easy task. Unless you have the grace and bendiness of a gymnast, it’s damn near impossible to thoroughly clean the inside of the windshield without hurting yourself. You know that feeling you get when you take off your eyeglasses, clean them, then put them back on? I get the same feeling after I finish cleaning my windshield now. I didn’t know it was possible to get my windshield this clean again. It’s 100x easier to clean the windshield now. While you can use Windex and other glass cleaners, I’ve found that Invisible Glass (in the spray can) works the best. It truly leaves the glass streak free. And now I no longer look like I’m humping my car when cleaning the windshield, which means I’m allowed to go to the car wash place down the street from me again.” —Jeff P

Get it from Amazon for $13.47.


A cleaning brush for gently lifting stains in your leather or upholstery. The soft bristles are tough on dirt but gentle on your car’s interior so you can get rid of any evidence that you spilled hot coffee on the seats that one time.


Promising review: “Coupled with a good interior cleaner, this product worked wonders! However, it is a bit abrasive so do not use it where you don’t want to risk scratches. I used it on my seats, and it ruffled the fabric but it was worth the risk of removing the decades-old stains. It also removed some paint stains on my plastic lining and a mysterious sticky substance in my cup holder. This brush worked great. My only complaint was how difficult it is to hold on to. It grabs into whatever fabric or material you’re cleaning, and the brush slips out of your hands very often. It also does not do well with angles, but I bought the Mother’s Detail Brush for those places.” —Stevie Nicks

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.


Promising review: “I had terrible rust and oil stains all over the seats of my car. I tried other cleaners but they made the stains darker. I took it to the dealership to see if they could get it out and they flat out told me no, so I gave up and lived with it for five years. I tried this after it was recommended by a friend. I sprayed it on and literally watched the stain run right off my seat. It was amazing! I thought I was going to have to pay hundreds of dollars to replace the seats in my car because nothing else would work. This stuff really is awesome!” —Brittany

Get a 32-ounce bottle on Amazon for $12.58.


A leather cleaner and conditioner if your seats are in a bad state. This liquid takes dirt and oils with it while leaving behind a nourishing barrier that helps prevent further UV damage. It’s also safe to use on your leather jacket, shoes, and furniture.


It works with any color leather!

Promising review: “I wear jeans all the time and the dye transfers onto the beige leather seats of my 2016 Camry (see before photo). I applied twice in immediate succession. Application one: seven sprays with immediate paper towel wiping. Application two: five sprays, waited 60 seconds, then paper towel wiping. ‘After’ picture shown here was taken after the first application. No discernible difference between application one and application two. One application does the trick!” —DDM11

Get it on Amazon for $19.99.


A car hammock because you love your dog but hate having to clean your vehicle after every car ride. It’s water resistant and creates a barrier so your fur baby doesn’t try to join you in the front seat while you’re driving.


Promising review: “I have two Great Danes (the smaller one is about 98 pounds) and this little hammock has saved my leather. We regularly go to the bay where they get salty, sandy, and wet. They jump in the back seat and trash the hammock. Get home, pull the hammock out, throw it in the washing machine, and it’s like new again. Nothing makes it to my leather seats, including their nails. Had mine for almost two years now and it’s hanging in there. I will probably replace later this year just because mine is so worn, but I am amazed it has lasted this long and stood up to the abuse my pups deal out.” —Mark E.

Get it from Amazon for $21.23.


A black car scratch remover to get rid of any reminders of the time you accidentally swiped the mailbox when you pulled into the driveway. It’s also a much cheaper alternative to driving to the auto shop.


Promising review: “Easy to apply with a little elbow grease. Does a very good job removing swirls and light scratches. I used the black/dark paint version and it worked very well on my Kia Stinger. Left a nice polished looking surface and filled in the small imperfections. It even improved a deep scratch I had on the side and made it less visible. It completely removed a mark where a rubber bike handle had rubbed against the car and dulled the paint. Works as advertised and is really pretty easy to apply.” —AudioJunkie

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.


Or a scratch remover that’ll cover up minor scratches for all the folks who don’t have black cars — like when your kid’s bike fell over and the handlebars scraped your car door.


Promising review: “Fast shipping and results! I turned too sharp in a parking ramp and my back door scraped along a purple pillar in the ramp. This happened a good year ago and I never got around to taking care of the ugliness. My husband gave me so much crap and I came across to this product, read the reviews, and ordered. It only took me about 20 minutes to get my ‘after’ results. It did, however take a lot of elbow grease. Ladies, don’t waste your time and money at the dealership. This product saved me over $500!” —S.R.

Get it from Amazon for $17.97.


A power scrubber for when you want a clean car without the arm workout. This lil’ guy, which is similar to an electric toothbrush, has a powerful oscillating head that scrubs 60 times a second.


Promising review: “Impressive speed, torque, and durability for a small battery-operated cleaning tool. Brush head seems durable and holds shape after extensive use. Despite my warnings, my daughter did not clean her aluminum alloy rims (painted, not coated) frequently enough and they yellowed. I could not get them clean with typical rim cleaning products like Meguiar’s. I thought all was lost…until I made a poultice with Bar Keepers Friend and water, applied it to the Reveal Power Scrubber brush head, and let it rip! It worked fabulously and removed all the yellowing from her rims. The ability of the brush head to get into the nooks and crannies between and behind the spokes was particularly helpful. I will never scrub rims using a sponge or rim brush tool again.” —Fast Cat

Get it on Amazon for $15.99.

Psst! Check out my coworker’s Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber review for more deets!


Promising review: “The results. I am still in shock about them. I saw some pictures of ‘results’ and I thought they were all fake. NO, they are not. It’s that good. I am very pleased with this product. If you need your headlights cleaned, buy this kit! On another note, my mom was so amazed by how well it worked she made me go buy another kit and clean her headlights too!” —Brad

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.


A cleaning gel if there are pet hair and food crumbs that have escaped capture by every other brush or vacuum. Just press this lemon-scented cleaning putty into the mess and it’ll grab any unwelcome guests.


Promising review: “I purchased this product to clean those little spaces in my car filled with random crumbs from my husband and dog hair and it works amazing. Picked up everything and didn’t leave a residue. The lemon scent was faint and didn’t overpower the vehicle while I was cleaning it. But this definitely got in all the little nooks and crannies.” —Kimberly

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.


A set of two extra-soft detail brushes because they’re great for running along seams and grabbing dirt that your vacuum just keeps missing.


Promising review: “Great item! If you take care of the brushes they will last. I use one for removing wax residue on the outside of the car, and the other one on the inside to dust vents and get the fine dirt out of the texture in the dash. I have maybe lost a couple ‘hairs’ on the first use but I rinse and take care of them and have not had any problems. And they are soft enough to use on the paint.” —Casey Jo

Get them from Amazon for $6.99.


A pack of silicone baking cups to catch any future crumbs and spills so your gas station Icees don’t leave any sticky residue in your cup holders.


Promising review: “These things are cool. I actually am not using them to bake with…at least not yet. I read on the interweb that they fit perfectly into the cup holders of most cars and, sure enough, they do! They keep the cup holders clean and catch all the condensation from drinks. They are easy to remove and wash and there are enough in the package that I can throw them away if I need to!” —hockey!girl

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $11.99.


Or a set of car coasters that’ll ensure your Toyota Camry is a lil’ bit different than the million other Camrys on the road.

Blooming Bowtique / Etsy

Blooming Bowtique, a woman-owned small boutique based in Carson, California. Indira Castillo started the business making bows for her baby daughter and has since expanded to stunning resin art. 

Promising review: “Totally unexpected with how these turned out. They are amazing! They add great detail to my vehicle cup holders. Would definitely recommend/buy again!” —Abigail Jacobs

Get them from Blooming Bowtique on Etsy for $10+ (available in two sizes and 10 colors).


A bumper sticker remover for getting rid of any slightly embarrassing stickers that 16-year-old you thought were so funny. Honk if you like a clean bumper!


Promising review: “Bought a used car to get back and forth to work. Only problem being the back was covered in bumper stickers. Eleven to be exact. I don’t like bumper stickers. At all. This removed all of them in 25–30 minutes total no problem. Still has probably half the wheel left so I stuck it in my garage toolbox in case I need to eradicate any bummer stickers in the future.” —PrestidgeSouthside

Get one on Amazon for $19.97.


A car decal so you can redecorate your newly blank canvas with stickers that vibe with new adult you.

Sticks and Spells / Etsy

Sticks and Spells is Toms River, New Jersey–based small business run by freelance illustrator Kit Tyler Kazmier.

Get it from Sticks and Spells on Etsy for $8 (available in 21 colors).


And a car mirror decal for your sun visor if you need a little gassing up every time you check yourself out.

Peachy Lemonade Press / Etsy

Peachy Lemonade Press is a small biz based in Astoria in Queens, New York.

Promising review: “This sticker decal is so cute! I love that it’s customizable with different phrases, fonts, and colors! The shipping was pretty quick and the decal was easy to apply with the given instructions. For reference it fits in mirrors of the driver/passenger side sun visors in my Jeep Wrangler. Thank you!!” —TK

Get it from Peachy Lemonade Press on Etsy for $2.49+ (available in a variety of phrases and colors).


A wheel cleaner because you can clean your car’s body until it looks like you just drove it off the lot, but dirty tires and hubcaps will be a dead giveaway that your car isn’t new.


Promising review: “I was skeptical about wheel cleaners solely based on how filthy my rims were with years of baked-on brake dust. I came across this product with a pretty bold statement ‘best wheel cleaner on Amazon,’ so I said to myself, ‘Yeah OK, we will see.’ After taking my wheels off and following the directions, I was blown away at how amazing this product works. You will need to do some scrubbing depending on the condition of your rims, but my pictures are better than most of what you’ll see using this or any other wheel cleaning product. I could have gotten the rim much cleaner, but I just wanted them clean. I HIGHLY recommend this product to anyone with filthy rims. Got my money’s worth and would buy again in a heartbeat.” —Dusty Pate

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.


A pack of LED strip lights to add a more personal flair to your car. *Insert Pimp My Ride intro music”So you wanna be a player? But your wheels ain’t fly…”


Promising review: “I am in LOVE! I am a Lyft driver and this makes my car have some extra pizzazz. And it goes with the Lyft pink theme! They are fun no matter what! Totally recommend them! Actually buying my husband some of his own because they are so great!” —Scotti Wilkerson

Get it from Amazon for $11.40+ (available in eight colors).


A waxer/polisher that’ll buff your car until you can see yourself smiling in your car’s reflection because making your baby look brand new is so stinking easy.

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Promising review: “For the price you can’t go wrong. It’s no Porter-Cable but it does a damn good job for a hobbyist detailer. I purchased this to polish some swirl marks off my new car when I bought it then wrapped it up with a sealant. As you can see, the shine is impeccable!” —Nick Campos

Get it from Amazon for $31.91.


A bug remover for cleaning up bug guts from your windshield, grille, and side mirrors.


As a Floridian who has driven through lovebug season, all I can say is that you need this ASAP.

Promising review: “This item was recommended by a stranger in the next RV lot at a campground hundreds of miles from home. This Good Samaritan brought his bottle over, sprayed down the front of my bus, and then just wiped half an inch of smashed bugs off it! Just like magic. He then smiled, shook my hand, and left. When we got within two days of home, we ordered this, and it was delivered the day after we arrived. Again, it worked just like magic.” —Hikes in Rain

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.


A microfiber detail duster so you can trap dust, dirt, and pollen in one sweep of your hand.


Promising review: “I’ve used a variety of microfiber wash mitts and cloths on my car, but let me tell you: this duster is the softest microfiber I have ever felt.

The duster is a generous size but not too large. It is soft, dense, and plush. It’s also well made with a nice rubber grip. There is no way that you will scratch a waxed car with this duster unless your do something really careless, like scrub a dry and dirty car with it. If you simply use this to gently wipe away dust and pollen that falls on a recently washed and waxed car, you will run into no problems.” —L. Morano

Get it on Amazon for $9.99.


A car vent clip if your car still smells like the takeout you ordered last week. I love french fries as much as the next person, but I also love sitting in my car and not feeling like I’m in the middle of a fast food restaurant.

Whiff Scents Shop / Etsy

Whiff Scents Shop is a family-owned small business based in Maryland. 

Promising review: “Are you kidding… This is THE CUTEST thing ever!! So well made, arrived pretty quick, and works great! I’m so please with it aesthetically and have had two people compliment it already!” —Elizabeth Sanchez

Get it from Whiff Scents Shop on Etsy for $8 (available in four shapes and 24 scents).


Or an adorably tiny hanging diffuser because it just makes ~scents~. Reviewers say the fragrance is downright delicious without overpowering sensitive noses.

Amber & Wood / Etsy

Amber and Wood Co is a small business based in Valparaiso, Indiana, that specializes in all things that smell good. We’re talking air fresheners, candles, diffusers, room sprays, and more!

Promising review: “These were worth the wait and arrived just in time! I ordered several for gifts and was glad I did. They smell great and are such great quality that I want to keep one for myself!” —Heather

Get it from Amber & Wood on Etsy for $8 (available in 15 scents).


Promising review: “I can’t say enough positive things about this brush! The first photo is AFTER I vacuumed my car with a Dyson, which only got the hair that was loose. Then I used the brush and I cannot believe that the brush pulled the embedded hair right out. The first area took some time to get every single hair out (it really did!), but once I got the hang of how much pressure to use, I cleaned my entire SUV in less than an hour. I vacuumed the piles of hair that the brush pulled up as I went. I should say that I have a longhair Queensland and an English bulldog and it worked on both lengths. Incredible!” —Cassi.no.e

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.


And a handheld cordless vacuum that’ll make fast work of the pile of pet hair you’ve just brushed out of your carpets.


Promising review: “This product’s designers have done an excellent job by creating a powerful and easy-to-use vacuum. This does an excellent job in cleaning the furniture, low carpet, or car interiors. The power stays the same for entire usage. This is very lightweight and easy to use. It comes with multiple nozzles to clean the nook and corners of the car. For example, the brush can be used to scrape hard dirt from the carpet. The filter is made of stainless steel and easy to clean and dry. I must say overall I am very satisfied with this product.” —Rajeev

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in blue and orange).


A waterproof trash can for holding all the garbage you’ll inevitably accumulate on one of your many summer road trips.


Promising review: “There is nothing bad to say about this product. It fits perfectly and does exactly what it is intended to do. I no longer have garbage in my car. I wish I would have found this sooner.” —Tsalagi Stacey

Get it from Amazon for $10.97+ (available in eight colors).


A headrest hook so you don’t have to worry about the contents of your purse spilling all over the car floor if you take a turn too fast or have to slam on the brakes.


Promising review: “These hooks work great and function exactly the way I had hoped for! I actually turned them around and use them for the front of the seat, rather than the back. These hooks have solved the dreaded ‘bag dump’ when you have to break suddenly. No more lunch spilling all over the inside of my work bag!!” —katie grimm

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $3.99.


And a “waterless” washing kit if you want a clean car but don’t want to deal with setting up the hose and inevitably getting wet while washing your car. Just spray and wipe dry!


Promising review: “I just got a new black car, and was amazed how dirty it looked soon after I went through a car wash. So I decided to find the laziest way to keep me sane from seeing all the dirt/dust! All I did was wipe the dirt off with one side of the cloth, then gently dry/polish with the other side. Some stubborn stains/dirt did take a while, but overall my car looked nice and shining within 15 minutes (keep in mind I have a compact hatch back) using only one sixth of the bottle. There is some tar on my car, and this product can’t get it off which is understandable. It’s a really decent product and it makes ‘car washing’ much easier and faster…for a lazy person like me!” —YoYo_PDX

Get the kit from Amazon for $37.95.


A pack of microfiber cloths because they’re super soft, won’t leave behind streaks and lint, and have silk edges to prevent scratches. Each towel has a short-nap side for removing waxes and sealants as well as a high-nap side for wiping dirt and dust and buffing away detail sprays.


Promising review: “So far these are the best microfiber towels I have used on my cars. I bought three different brands and I was disappointed of all of them — not very absorbent, not very soft, they would leave marks, they would leave some sort of lint behind, you name it. These towels, however, are amazing; they absorb a lot, they clean my paint really well, and they leave zero residue or marks. Best so far by a long shot.” —Pernell DC

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $20.22.


And a sunshade windshield cover to protect your console from the sun’s rays, which can crack and fade the dashboard.


One size fits most cars.

Promising review: “Living in Florida one does what one can to avoid the harsh summer heat. Add a black car to the mix and you really need some assistance. Having this sun shade in my wife’s Explorer makes a huge difference and really helps with the longevity of the interior from sun fade damage while she is at work. It collapses very easily and fits in a very compact size right under the seat for quick and easy access. I’ve had no issues with it whatsoever. The price is excellent and I highly recommend this unit versus the accordion-style fold-up shades I’ve tried previously. Just flip down the visor and you’re good to go.” —Ricardo Costa

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two sizes).


And some stick-on shades that’ll protect your car’s interior from sun damage and fading.


Promising review: “I liked these so well, I bought a second package. My car sits in the sun and I bought these to keep the car cool(er) and to protect the inside from sun damage. I don’t fold them but leave them flat. I did find folding them to be a challenge but it’s easier for me anyway to leave them flat inside a box for ease of access.” —Anna K

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $12.97.


A heat-resistant steering wheel cover for any unsuspecting driver who’s gotten into a car on a hot summer’s day and seared their hands on the steering wheel. It’s also great if you have sweaty hands and need some extra grip.


Promising review: Withstands 110+-degree weather when I park outside Vegas in the summer, and my steering wheel is fine to touch. I can’t ask for more than that!” —Ama Zon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.


A trunk divider that attaches to your car with Velcro so you can maximize every inch of storage space. It can fit in the weird nooks and crannies of your trunk that bulkier organizers are too big for.


Promising review: “I found this product after spending more than a year trying to find a trunk organizer that didn’t take up all of the limited space in the trunk of my Civic. I have no garage so I have to store certain car care items in the trunk, but it was becoming impossible to find anything. I took the advice of some of the other reviewers and installed it logo side in. (The bonus is that the elastic bands can secure light but bulky items outside of the organizer.) I’ve driven about 100 miles on NYC-area highways, and it’s held tight and kept everything organized. I’ve included before and after photos to show how dramatic the difference is.” —Penny Wise

Get it from Amazon for $21.99.


A collapsible trunk organizer if you want to neatly store all your outdoorsy gear with room to spare for road trip necessities like snacks, a first aid kit, and jumper cables.


You can strap it around your car seat with S hooks if you need easy access or you can leave it in your trunk where it’s out of sight.

Promising review: “I love this thing. It is super well made and fits A TON of stuff. I’m using it basically as an emergency kit. I was able to fit literally anything I need in the event of an emergency, including a change of clothes (with shoes), toiletries, a blanket, makeup, snacks, and I still have room to toss shopping bags in while I’m out so they don’t roll around in my trunk.” —Erica Edwards

Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in three colors).


A plastic restorer because the sun has faded your fenders and trim and this’ll help return them to their former glory. It’s safe to use on vinyl and rubber so you can put it to work around the house, too.


Promising review: “Went into this very cautious. The support team answered my questions fast and went above and beyond to answer it. Small, family-run company that has a great product that does what it is supposed to do. Just put this on yesterday, so we’ll see how it does long term. But I thought my fenders were hopeless, now they look brand new. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!” —Rosetta

Get it from Amazon for $16.97.


A back seat organizer to hold your cleaning supplies and travel necessities. It even has a built-in iPad holder so your little ones can watch Moana for the third time this road trip.

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Promising review: This has lots of pockets and fits a lot of items. We have teens though, and apparently it doesn’t matter how easy it is to use, the teens drop their pencils and headphones on the floor of the car regardless. A bit of cajoling though and everything was cleaned up and in its place. This will give you lots of places to put things, but will not make your teens any cleaner.” —Alissa Frederick

Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in five colors).


A kick mat that’ll protect your leather or fabric seats from dirty shoes or feet. Having the grandkids for the day is a fun summer activity, but removing scuff marks their shoes left on your seats is not.


Promising review: “I have a 1-year-old that loves putting his feet up like he is chilling, and while it’s cute it’s not good for cloth seats. He’s at day care all day doing god knows what and the last thing I want to see is his baby foot print ruining my tan seats. This product was easy to install and gives me comfort knowing my seats are protected. Cleans easily and a decent price. Great buy should last a while or at least till he learns better.” —Olivia Denton

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $15.97.


A pair of escape tracks for giving you peace of mind in the knowledge that getting stuck in the sand, mud, or snow is NBD.


Promising review: “These traction pads are amazing! I travel off road constantly and slick mud is everywhere. I have used these more than a dozen times in the last three to four months and every time I can attribute my escape to these. The bright orange makes them easy to see after digging them into the mud, and the knobs are durable enough to withstand a very large truck’s beating. I would buy another set of these in a heartbeat! For the price, the quality, the durability, and the hundreds of uses, you CANNOT go wrong with these. If I could give them 6 stars I would have.” —Arianna

Get them from Amazon for $133.89+ (available in three colors).

You realizing you’re not going to be able to stop thinking about pressed flower coasters for your cup holders:

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The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity. 

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