DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips - Engineer Mommy
Nov 152016
 

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It’s that time of the year again… time for all those holiday road trips. We always find ourselves doing plenty of driving during the holiday season. To get our car ready for all that driving, I like to give the inside of the car a thorough de-cluttering and cleaning. Today, I will be sharing the simple recipe for a DIY leather conditioner for the car seats. Furthermore, to ensure our car’s engine is ready to log all those miles on the road, we like to visit the Walmart Automotive Care Center to get the oil changed with Pennzoil® Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil. By the way, Pennzoil® Platinum Full Synthetic is on Rollback (from $49.88 to $44.88) through December 27, 2016, so be sure to take advantage of this savings before it ends. With a little prep, getting the car in top shape for those holiday road trips can be stress-free!

Most of my family lives about 50 miles away from us. That means we do a lot of driving to stay in touch, especially during the holiday season! Last year, for example, between major holidays and various birthday parties, it seemed as if we were doing a road trip every other weekend! Luckily, my family and I enjoy driving together! We sing songs, play games and just enjoy the scenery! Over the years, we have found some tricks that are guaranteed to make road trips smooth & successful and I’m excited to share them with you today!

DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips

DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips

DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips

The leather seats in our car can get a bit dingy from all those accidental coffee spills, dust, and everyday wear & tear. This DIY Leather Conditioner is a fabulous way to restore the leather seats to top shape. All you need for this is 2 parts white vinegar to 1 part olive oil and a spray bottle. You could also add some essential oil for fragrance. I added some lavender essential oil to my bottle!

DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips

DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips


Simply add the ingredients to the spray bottle and shake well to combine.
DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips

DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips


Now, to clean & condition the leather in your car, simply spray the solution onto the leather. As with all leather cleaning products – homemade or commercial – it’s wise to test the solution on an inconspicuous area first.
DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips

DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips


Then wipe clean with a microfiber cleaning cloth! See how clean & conditioned the leather is afterwards. I did this for all the seats in the front and back of the car.
DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips

DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips


Next, it’s time to tackle all that dust that tends to build up on the dashboard. Simply pick up one of these microfiber pads with “cleaning fingers” from Walmart.
DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips

DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips


Simply run this along the vents of your car’s dashboard. I use this little cleaning pad to dust the whole dashboard, steering wheel, center console, and more!
DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips

DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips


I love seeing how brilliantly clean and dust-free the dashboard looks afterwards!
DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips

DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips


Now, let’s turn our attention to the car floor. With two kids always in tow, the floor of our car tends to collect so much debris, dust, food wrappers, etc.
DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips

DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips


Invest in a hand-held vacuum to make quick work of the floor mats! Only a few quick swipes of the vacuum restores the mats to like-new condition!
DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips

DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips


Finally, if you’re traveling with kids, you know that a peaceful ride is only possible if the kids are content! My kids need snacks, drinks, books, toys, etc. to keep them entertained on long car rides. To keep everything contained neatly, I like to use one of these multi-compartment caddies. It conveniently holds all their essentials in one spot and I can easily hand them everything all at once from the front seat.
DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips

DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips


Visiting Grandma & Grandpa during the holidays is one of our favorite activities of the season. However, to make sure that the car is ready to log all that mileage, I bring my car to the Auto Care Center at Walmart beforehand. When it comes to oil changes, we always opt for Pennzoil® Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil with PurePlus™ Technology, because it keeps the pistons up to 20% cleaner than required by the strictest industry standard. That’s a premium level of clean that I can appreciate!
DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips

DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips


Did you know that Pennzoil motor oil performs much better in extreme hot & cold temperatures compared to other motor oils? In fact, Pennzoil gets my engine cleaner than any other synthetic oil! Getting the work done at the Walmart Auto Care Center is convenient and affordable. In fact, I usually shop throughout the store while the expert technicians work on my car. I can pick up all the essentials we’ll need for our road trip (drinks, snacks, books for the kids, etc.) Walmart is indeed my one-stop-shop for getting ready for cold weather road trips!
DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips
I sometimes peek through the glass to check on the progress of the oil change. I am always impressed by how quickly the work is completed.
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When I get tired of walking & shopping in the store, I usually sit down in the Guest Waiting Area. There are comfy sofas, a television and even some refreshments. Not only is the service & amenities exceptional, the affordability cannot be beat!
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If you live in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina or Tennessee, I have some exciting news for you! Your local Walmart Auto Care Centers are now able to change your car’s oil with Pennzoil® Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil! Let the auto technicians make your life easier by getting your oil changed with Pennzoil at Walmart’s Automotive Care Center! And don’t forget that Pennzoil® Platinum Full Synthetic is on Rollback (from $49.88 to $44.88) through December 27, 2016, so take advantage of this amazing savings while it’s still available!
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Have you ever had your car’s oil changed at the Walmart Auto Care Center? Do you like the performance and quality of Pennzoil® Platinum Full Synthetic Motor Oil? Will you be doing a lot of driving this holiday season?







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20 Responses to “DIY Leather Conditioner & Car Cleaning Tips”

  1. I love these cleaning tips and you can use the stuff that you have at home. You make it look so easy that I am going to have to try it on my truck.

  2. We have a few car trips coming up during the holiday season. I’ve never thought to make my own leather cleaner/conditioner for my car’s leather interior. It’s such a great idea and I can really tell what a difference it makes. I’m making this ASAP.

  3. I need something like this! I have dust everywhere in my car! I will be doing this over the weekend!

  4. Wow, that really did wonders in your car. I’m going to have to give this a whirl. I love it!

  5. Love these tips!! Taking care of your car is so important, I know with kids mine could use some detailing.

  6. I love your car cleaning tips. It’s so important to keep your car maintained before winter comes.

  7. I need to give my car a good thorough cleaning. I love the organizer idea for when you are traveling with kids.

  8. Ohh this is such a great idea, I really need to try the car cleaning tips, my other half seems to think the car is a mobile rubbish bin.

  9. My husband has leather seats in his truck and they need to be cleaned badly! I love that it uses lavender oil, it must smell delicious.

  10. Ooh, haven’t tried making my own leather conditioning but it looks easy enough. Hadn’t realized Walmart had an automotive center. Good to know.

  11. I just got a new car a few months ago, so I need to start a regular cleaning schedule, I know. I really want to try to keep this in better shape than my last one!

  12. These are some awesome tips to have when taking care of the leather in your car. I going to keep these tips for later.

  13. My husband’s car definitely needs a full cleaning. I’m going to check into this leather cleaner and try to clean it myself since having someone do it for me will be very expensive!

  14. These are great tips for cleaning and conditioning your car. I love the idea of DIY leather cleaner and will have to make this for sure. Thanks for sharing the tips and recipe.

  15. I needed this bad. The Mister has been fussing at me for the mess in my car. He is the one that does all the cleaning. This time I promised to do it myself.

  16. We definitely plan on hitting the road during the holidays to visit family and friends, and this is a great reminder to get the oil changed in my car before we leave. Oh, and what a fun (and easy!) idea for a DIY Leather Conditioner. Thanks for sharing these tips! #client

  17. We always host the holidays every year so we are never the one on the road, but I would love to change that next year and visit some family I haven’t been able to visit in years.

  18. I will try your formula for cleaning. This is my husband’s job but it would make him happy if I do it myself lol.

  19. These are great tips and just getting back from a road trip means I need to re-clean the car. I don’t have leather in my car but will using this cleaner for my furniture in the house.

  20. These are good tips. I don’t have a car but I have a leather seat on my eBike.

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