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    Between kids, pets, friends, and little ol' you, the sanctity of your car's interior is always in peril. So, how do you keep it clean when you've got kids spitting up and spilling, pets drooling and tracking in dirt and people eating four-course meals in your car?

    With a full-size family myself, I know how hard it is to keep everything clean without going crazy. Here are some tips to sustaining your sanity when it comes to keeping your car interior clean and organized.

    Bring It In, Take It Out

    Some families have an "if you can carry it into the car, you can carry it out" policy when it comes to car rides. Make your kids responsible for their books, cups, backpacks, balls and papers. Also, keep clutter to a minimum by limiting by limiting them to one item per car ride or make them keep their junk in backpacks.

    Bag It Up

    Always have a kitchen-sized trash bag on hand in the car. You can keep it in the trunk or in the pocket on the back of your seats. It is great for keeping fast-food bags, cups, trash, even occasional wet clothes or muddy shoes from doing harm. If you have older children, the child who is in charge of the house trash can also be in charge of the trash bag in the car.

    Also, have small resealable sandwich bags on hand and within reach for pet treats or food, you never know when Sparky might get hungry.

    Kid-Friendly Products

    For families with toddlers, think about buying spill-proof cups and snack holders. A busy mother invented these "anti-spill" cups and holders for finger foods such as Cheerios and Goldfish crackers. With the "Snack Trap," kids reach through soft plastic slits to grab a bite. Once the child removes his or her hand, the slits close so the snack stays contained if the cup is dropped or thrown. The company's "Sprout Spouts" are specialized lids that screw onto wide-mouth bottles of Juice, Gatorade and other drinks to avoid liquid spills. You can find these products at Babies-R-Us and Burlington Coat Factory or visit www.snacktrap.com.

    Stop to Smell the Roses

    Instead of eating while driving, think about stopping to eat. We are all in a hurry, but it is safer and provides more quality family time when you park and then eat.

    Toothpaste to the Rescue

    Stains on your car's upholstery can add to the day's stress level. A white, non-gel toothpaste can be kept in the glove box for a quick response to stains like lipstick, ink and ketchup. Rub gently and then wipe with a clean, damp cloth.

    Protect Your Carpets

    Buy a cheap set of rubber mats to put on top of your carpet mats. You can even turn your carpet mats upside down if they have rubber bottoms.

    Emergency Kits

    Keep an emergency cleaning kit in the trunk. Here are some items to keep on hand: small plastic grocery bags, large plastic trash bag, hand towels, paper towels, carpet cleaning solution, glass cleaning solution and a good general cleaning solution like Fanastik.

    Parents know that one of the most indispensable items to keep on hand is baby wipes. Always stash a portable-sized container of wipes in your glove box for those frequent spit-ups and other messy situations.

    Fast Cleaning Action

    For some real speed cleaning, you will be happy to hear about a new lineup of car care items. Called Blink, these five cleaning wipe products claim to "help quickly eliminate clutter, litter, spills and fingerprints in minutes." Designed by Honeywell Consumer Group, the products were designed to "offer clean and quick results in five minutes or less."

    Even better, perhaps, is these products come in innovative, car-friendly packaging, some of which is designed to clip onto your door pocket, seatback, center console, seat organizer or to be stored in the increasingly-small glove box. You can find Blink Spill Grabbers, Mess Lifters, Smudge Cleaners, Trash Tossers and Tidy Toes in retail, drug and grocery stores.

    For some other good advice, Stacy DeBroff, author of 'The Mom Book' and founder of Mom Central, Inc., provides these tips on how to make over today's home on wheels:

    Keep Things Organized

    Use collapsible trunk storage bins to organize emergency kit items as well as sports equipment for your kids. They hold things in place and transport easily.

    Invest in a backseat organizer designed with older kids in mind. They can hold everything from juice boxes and healthy snacks to CD players and small games.

    Pre-pack a bag for each activity your child participates in regularly and have it in the vehicle.

    Designate a few toys special "car toys" that stay in a small tote bag beneath your child's car seat.

    Instead of carrying a big roll of paper towels in your vehicle, take advantage of products that absorb spills and removes stains, and clip to your dashboard or backseat pocket.

    Stash menus from the top three area restaurants in the glove box for calling in orders on the go on those days when carpools or work leave you no time to cook.

    Keep a small booklet in your glove box that can hold your owner's manual, registration and proof of insurance inside of it, as well as any emergency contact numbers you may need. Hide a small amount of cash in it as well to have on hand if needed.

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    1 - 20 of 191 Comments
    sandy10842 Nov 17, 2010 6:09 PM
    Baking Soda to the rescue...once again! Leave an open container under a seat in a somewhat flat container that won't slide OR SECURE ANYWAY YOU WANT ...IT ABSORBS ALL SMELLS CHG.OUT MONTHLYWITH FRESH
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    linda77573 Jun 28, 2010 6:19 PM
    What a wate of time. No solutions. I hate that I clicked on the article : (
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    lobsterj Jun 27, 2010 7:35 PM
    hey guys...how about clicking the arrows on top right of image instead of clicking off page for a NEW article http://autos.aol.com/article/car-cleaning-tips/
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    was415fuz Jun 27, 2010 7:34 PM
    Like the other morons commenting here, I too have mistakenly gone down to the next article, instead of clicking on the "arrow" which takes you to the "cleaning" article.....
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    bonnechans Jun 27, 2010 7:32 PM
    What a joke! But the joke is on US!. Haven't we learned by now tha AOL is setting us up with "Remove bad odors from your car" just to SELL us "Car repairs" and "Care car products"....which would be ok IF they at least gave us ideas about how to remove ODORS! Fear not! Put little containers of baking soda or white vinegar in the car, on the floors, dashboard back windows etc. leave the car closed up some hours or days when not using it!! Works for the house, apt., closets, shoes etc! Bonne chance!!
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    mnolivares Jun 27, 2010 7:29 PM
    Rhetoric of malarkey
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    raypjunior Jun 27, 2010 7:28 PM
    Josh Max,get a life dude....I give you an A+ for writing trash...Where did you get your diploma for writing trash? University of Trash?Trash College?Garbage University?If its one of the above,congrats bro .
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    snipeyho Jun 27, 2010 7:27 PM
    I love it. The directions for comment ask "Please keep you comments relevant to the Car Cleaning Tips article". If only the article was about car cleaning tips that would be a start. This useless article is a retread from about 60 days ago.
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    raypjunior Jun 27, 2010 7:18 PM
    I suggest that AOL fired Josh Max,he's the one who write this garbage and expect the readers to believe we are going to find out how to get rid of bad odor in our cars...Max,your full of *&^%$#@$%#@!,Got it?Good
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    mairza321 Jun 27, 2010 7:09 PM
    Aol must think we are all as stupid as the people that write the articles that suck us in. I have learned one way to get rid of a BAD ODER......and that would be to Quit Reading anything aol writes that might enlighten me
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    raypjunior Jun 27, 2010 7:09 PM
    I thought this article was going to show me how to get rid of bad odor in my car.This article is full of sh*t.Next
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    lindasschmitt Jun 27, 2010 7:05 PM
    Annoying - This article contains nothing about ********* title describes.
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    jezter313 Jun 27, 2010 7:00 PM
    I ABSOLUTLEY AGREE WITH ALL THE COMMENT'S ON HERE,AOL IS BECOMING A BIG JOKE!!!.....THIS COMPANY IS IN DANGER OF LOSING ALOT OF BUISNESS.
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    boardandstore Jun 27, 2010 6:59 PM
    I TOTAL AGREE WITH EVERYONE ELSE, TITLE MADE YOU THINK YOU WERE GOING TO FIND A NEW WAY TO GET RID OF SMELLS. THIS ARTICLE IS A BIG, BIG, BIG JOKE
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    wahjeeleh Jun 27, 2010 6:54 PM
    Gee Sheryl is your family that piggish you have to bring kitchen size trash bags to clean out your car?? Why don't you just throw it out the window like most lazy inconsiderate people in this country do. Besides what else are those people in our prisons suppose to do? Just lay around and pump iron all day? My, do you actually get paid to write up these little gems of wisdom that we couldn't possibly think of ourselves...What a priceless thought.....take out what you bring in.....the national parks has the same idea ************ all these model Americans just can't grasp that ...and I decided to comment because like most of the people I thought I would find the magic answer to how to get smells out of the car.......I guess that's too guarded a secret....
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    rdoedema Jun 27, 2010 6:51 PM
    I AGREE THESE SITES NEVER TELL YOU WHAT THEY MAKE YOU THINK THEY ARE GOING TO. AOL BETTER GET ON THE STICK
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    hmcamrm Jun 27, 2010 6:40 PM
    http://autos.aol.com/gallery/clean-your-stinky-car/ Is the article where it says how to get skunk smell out and make car smelling better.. Next to the title "Your Car Stinks: Here's How To Fix It" click the arrow going right...
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    laurelanne56 Jun 27, 2010 6:33 PM
    finding a subject I want to read more about and then nothing. how stupid and annoying.
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    anniqa Jun 27, 2010 6:25 PM
    Febreeze for car cleaning Febreeze, Febreeze.....
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    paddockd0537 Jun 27, 2010 6:16 PM
    So, what is the solution? I should know by now that nothing is ever resolved on this stupid site.
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