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Monday, April 27, 2015

3 Great Reasons to Clean Your Car This Spring + GIVEAWAY!


The  International Carwash Association (ICA) is promoting its Wash with WaterSavers consumer awareness campaign to stress the importance of using eco-friendly carwashes that use less water and return clean water back into the environment.

This is so important right now especially in places like California where they are experiencing a drought. But even in places that have water, it is important to conserve as much water as possible. Being water-conscious is something we all should strive for at these times.

Here are some great tips from the ICA that will help you keep your car in tip-top shape this summer:

1. Your car is a reflection of who you are
There’s no question your car is a reflection on you. Whether it’s all about horsepower, efficient gas mileage or four-wheel drive, your vehicle represents who you are, where you've been and where you intend to go. The design, form and function are extensions of your style and personality. So, if you haven’t given it a wash in a while, what does that say about you? You wouldn't walk out the door without a shower, a shave and a little spruce up. (Would you?) So why shouldn't you show that same respect for your car? 
From dirt and dust to grit and grime, give that car its reflective shine at a WaterSavers car wash. WaterSavers professional car washes use an average of 40 gallons of fresh water or less per car, according to the International Carwash Association. As a frame of reference, that 10 minute shower you took used 25 gallons of fresh water. WaterSavers washes also recycle and filter the water to prevent harmful chemicals from entering groundwater supplies that feed rivers and streams. To find a WaterSavers car wash near you, visit Washwithwatersavers.com. 
2. Regular car washes protect your paint job
That beautiful factory paint job will dull and begin to chip away if you don’t maintain it. Regularly washing your car and waxing it will help keep your car looking as good as it did when you pulled out of the dealer lot. 
3. Professional car washes help maintain the value of the vehicle
You might be more inclined to spend money on engine issues than the car’s exterior, but stains and rusting can drastically decrease the value of the vehicle over time. Especially after a long winter, exposure to the elements can cause damage. Professional car washes thoroughly clean the undercarriage of your vehicle, where there may be a buildup of road salt that could cause corrosion to the car's exhaust and muffler system.
For more information about the benefits of keeping your car clean visit Water Savers.

These are great tips. Your car will be ready for anything this summer! And just in time for those summer road trips, I have a great gift pack courtesy of ICA for one lucky reader. The gift pack includes:

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277 comments:

  1. wash the outside and vacuum, dust the inside

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  2. I keep the car clean by getting it washed, and vacuuming the inside.
    Thank you!

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  3. I take my car to a hands free car wash, they wash the outside and inside for $15.

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  4. https://twitter.com/carawling/status/592708930125602816

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  5. Mainly, I try not to get it dirty. For the inside I keep a clean rag, a trash bag and a windshield screen in the car. For the outside, I hose it down between trips to the carwash just to keep the dust to a minimum. I also have a little vacuum in my garage to clean the inside.

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  6. I don't keep my car as clean as I would like too, I need to work on that. I try to clean it a few times each year.

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  7. Shared on twitter - https://twitter.com/bluefin711/status/592743027652829184

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  8. https://mobile.twitter.com/SexciiLexxii88/status/592746976413908992

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  9. I clean up after myself as I go, and I give the car a good cleaning once a month.

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  10. I keep my car clean by washing it every month. In the winter, I take it to a car wash, but in the Summer months, I was it at home

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  11. https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/592753797702758401

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  12. We take ours to the carwash but not often enough.

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  13. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/592756529004191745

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  14. We generally take it to a wash yourself station, but sometimes run it through a car wash as well.

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  15. I try to do a weekly clean out of the car.

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  16. We take our car to a car wash every so often to keep it clean.

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  17. We live where it rains quite a bit, cleaning is done when needed, usually after a hard rain, wipe car down with rags.

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  18. I try and and get it washed and vacuumed out every few weeks.

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  19. I take it through the car wash about once every other month and I keep the inside pretty clean with a garbage bag and I dust and do the windows. I like a clean car!

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  20. Every time I'm at a stop light I lick it - just kidding.

    Our regular gas station has a wash, which we have to use often. After winter, when all the salt and chemicals are used on our roads, we have to get all that stuff off the car so it doesn't rust. Especially the undercarriage. The only way I know to do that is to get it done at a big time car wash. Besides, it feels great to have a clean and shiny car.

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  21. Usually I hand wash and wax the outside at home, and take the Shop Vac out and get the dirt on the inside, then Armor-All and Febreze.

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  22. I don't keep my car clean at all it's always a mess!!

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  23. My husband cleans and vacuums our car regularly.

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  24. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/592805787887607810

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  25. My teen son just started driving and he's using my car. It's his job to keep my car clean :)

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  26. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/592814129431318529

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  27. I make sure I take all trash out every time I leave the car.

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  28. I tweeted the giveaway https://twitter.com/upstatmissy2/status/592836390620102657

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  29. I spray Febreze on my my seats and carpet to keep it smelling fresh.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  30. At the CAR WASH (workin' at the car wash)--you've got me singing this song.

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  31. Tweet!

    https://twitter.com/Ida_Sessions/status/592851921658056704

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  32. I run the car through the car wash once a week and keep a mini vac and wipes in the car to keep the interior tidy. Also, no eating in the car!

    Geoff K
    gkaufmanss at yahoo dot com

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  33. I clean my car every time I get gas. Easiest way to keep it clean. Then when the weather is nice you can deep clean.

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  34. I take it to the car wash. I clean the inside atleast once a week.

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  35. https://twitter.com/sandradavis07/status/592902826440978434

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  36. I don't leave anything trash in my car, I always bring it right inside. Same with any of my daughter's toys.

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  37. We don't wash our car very often really. We clean the inside more than the outside.

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  38. I keep a trash bag in my car at all times.

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  39. I washed the car once a while as I fill my gas
    agnesye@hotmail.com

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  40. I take the bus these days, but when we did have a car, I kept it clean by having a trash bag in there and making sure to empty it out regularly :)

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  41. Tweeted :) - 4/28 - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/593003523236704256

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  42. We (my husband and 2 teenage boys) are pretty picky about keeping our cars clean. Keep it vacuumed and also we have to clean up the salt stains on the carpet through out the winter. Our cars need a good spring cleaning. Resolve spray on salt stains, clean out the mats, vacuum and wipe down the interior.

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  43. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/593031582320984064

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  44. https://twitter.com/carawling/status/593028168354770944

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  45. I don't have any trouble keeping my car clean. We don't eat or drink in the car, we have no kids and no pets. We have to clean the windows once in while, and the floor mats if we go to the beach and other than that we take it through the car wash on a regular basis

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  46. I vacuum on a regular basis.

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  47. I use the $3 car wash near my house. They have free vaccums after too!

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  48. shared on twitter
    https://twitter.com/bluefin711/status/593079900208246784

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  49. https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/593084465972293632

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  50. I hand wash my car and sweep it out regularly.

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  52. I'm not sure you could call my Jeep clean, I do vacuum and dust it.

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  53. I keep my car clean my having regular washings and I vacuum the inside every month.

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  54. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/593106426379141121

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  55. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/593107494823665665

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  56. I keep my car cleaning by letting my husband do it.

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  57. I keep my car clean by taking it to the car wash monthly

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  58. We wash it here at home, and constantly clean the inside.

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  59. We generally make sure we take any trash out each time we leave the vehicle, and then wash/vacuum once a week!

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  60. I send the kids out with a vacuum cleaner.

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  61. I monthly clean the inside and weekly take it to the car wash

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  62. Bucket of soapy water and some sponges.

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  63. I keep my car clean by going through it each weekend.

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  64. How do you keep your car clean?

    i dont own one..easy...that cuts a lot of stuff out

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  65. https://twitter.com/kelsweeps/status/593222678317649921

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  66. I make sure to, on a monthly basis, run it through the car wash and vacuum. I also wipe the interior clean using a vinyl cleaning product.

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  67. My husband keeps our car clean. He is always cleaning our car, he cleans it at least once a week or more.

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  68. I try and go to the car wash every weekend. I live down a gravel road so by the end of the week the car really needs it. While I am there I vacuum and clean the car out inside too.

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  69. I love keeping my car clean. I get a wet cloth and wash the interior which is a cream color so it shows dirt. Then I move the seats and vacuum including the crevices and trunk. I wash the inside mirrors & windows with Glass Plus and hose down the floor mats with the garden hose. I wash the outside through the car wash when I gas up about once a month Rosanne rosans4@comcast.net

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    https://twitter.com/MelissaShirley2/status/593236372821024768

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  71. I have a great car washer, my husband.

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  72. By keeping a trash bag inside to keep from piling up.

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  73. I am terrible at keeping my car clean. I set a new record though, I washed it twice this month! I couldn't tell you the last time I did.. I do vacuum it out occasionally though and never leave trash in the car.

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  74. I try and clean it once a month.

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  75. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/593388002044346368

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  76. Uh? Clean? I try to run it through the car wash every month or so...

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  77. I keep it clean by trying to clean it every 3 weeks, wash and vacuum.

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  78. We vacuum it out every once in a while, but it generally doesn't get too dirty.

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  79. In terms of washing the exterior we've never done that. We have a garage so the car doesn't get exposed too much.

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  80. I keep a garbage bag for garbage and it always seems to get full.

    Carly D.

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  81. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/angelftw1/status/593443881951240192

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  82. I pull out the mats and wash them every so often, and vacuum the inside, wash the outside.

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  83. https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/593455130768384000

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  84. I usually keep my car clean by vacuuming it once a month and getting a car wash once a month.

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  85. https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/593458432910340096

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  86. I use car wash products to clean

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  87. https://twitter.com/momsfocus/status/593459571378626560

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  88. I clean very two weeks to keep my car clean inside out.

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  89. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/593461407854637056

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  90. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/593465042806374402

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  91. I vacuum it often and never leave any trash in it

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  92. Carol Diane crossApril 29, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Awesome - I could really use this for my van!

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  93. I don't eat or drink in my car, which helps keep it clean. I also have seat covers that I can just take off to wash.

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  94. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/593517028192882688

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  95. I keep my car clean by keeping out clutter and by not eating in the car. Brittney House

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  96. I like to wash my car myself to make sure it doesn't get scratched. I also wax it about every six months to protect the paint.

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  97. I wash and vacuum it once a week.

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  98. My spouse loves taking the car to the self-serve car wash. Unfortunately, there's not a WaterSavers car wash within more than a hundred miles of here!

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  99. I clean my own car because I'm picky how it's done. It needs to be cleaned right now.

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  100. I keep my car clean on my own. I vacuum regularly, and I keep the trash out.

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  101. I take it to the car wash.

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  102. We use a car wash regularly.

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  103. I take it to the car wash and vaccum it out once a month.

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  104. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/593765844888387586

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  105. https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/593817098222108672

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  106. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/593824469929463808

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  107. I tweeted. https://twitter.com/angelftw1/status/593833988470407168

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  108. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/593862028869132288

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  109. try to get the kids to hand me their garbage

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  110. Portable car vaccuming!

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  111. I keep it as clean as possible but I have two messy kids. I keep a trash bag in there to put trash in and I clean it out once a week.

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  112. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/594134101193396224

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  113. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/594151716263690240

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  114. https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/594161113287106560

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  115. I don't clean it as often as I should. I think if I had a newer car I loved I would take better care of it.

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  116. I pay my kid to help me. LOL!

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  117. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/594260594137501696

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  118. I try to get everything out each day which doesn't belong
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
    Ashley C

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  119. Tweeted. https://twitter.com/angelftw1/status/594553153862782976

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  120. https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/594556645532807168

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  121. We keep the car clean by taking the trash out at the end of every day.

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  122. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/594660579446370305

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  123. I work at an auto center ...so probably, monthly, I thoroughly vacuum it and the incessant rain that we've been having washes it on the outside....thanks

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  124. https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/594894480077033475

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  125. Tweeted. https://twitter.com/angelftw1/status/594922148117876736

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  126. wash and vac it once a month - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  127. I keep the inside of my car free of trash. I can't go through a carwash because my window is broken and stuck in an open position. I wash the windows, though.

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  128. Tweeted :) - 5/4 - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/595110373537153024

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  129. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/595201295180378113

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  130. https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/595277216155471872

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  131. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/angelftw1/status/595314159035658240

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  132. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/595358376621510656

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  133. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/595560258719719425

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  134. https://twitter.com/carawling/status/595569944558964738

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  135. https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/595625718987522049

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  136. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/595642407506604032

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  137. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/angelftw1/status/595649735115022336

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  138. Shauntea CrutcherMay 5, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    I clean out my car every weekend by taking out the trash, vacuuming, and washing it.

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  139. I shake out the car mats when they need it And vacuum occasionally.

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  140. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/595921586856669185

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  141. https://twitter.com/carawling/status/595931695087493120

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  142. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/596005848188485632

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  143. https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/596034298559344640

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  144. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/angelftw1/status/596043530625101825

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  145. I get a wash every couple of weeks and I vacuum every week.

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  146. Tweeted :) - 5/6 - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/596124717565681664

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  147. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/596292901472051200

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  148. https://twitter.com/carawling/status/596285635004133376

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  149. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/angelftw1/status/596359510463098881

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  150. https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/596364617837715456

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  151. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/596431509176885248

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  152. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/596649908804845570

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  153. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/angelftw1/status/596728323071283200

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  154. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/596732169143226368

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  155. https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/596776526202343424

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  156. https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/597089832582520832

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  157. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/angelftw1/status/597102631815806976

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  158. I go to a car wash that does the inside and out. Love having a clean car.

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  159. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/597291555792162816

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  160. Tweeted :) - 5/10 - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/597355308181139457

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  161. https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/597449686321008640

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  162. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/angelftw1/status/597482970912436225

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  163. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/597536403895910401

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  164. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/597651071071191041

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  165. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/597743494048796672

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  166. https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/597812272853954560

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  167. https://twitter.com/angelftw1/status/597820701756690432

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  168. We wash our car and clean the inside too.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  169. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/597902066489499649

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  170. Only wash the car one time a year and the rain takes care of the rest.

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  171. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/598099959318073346

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  172. https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/598163492168867840

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  173. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/angelftw1/status/598171275786194944

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  174. My husband details it inside and out

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  175. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/598319336097329152

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  176. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/598456807212744705

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  177. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/angelftw1/status/598497250717765633

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  178. https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/598539624135282688

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  179. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/598621776852045825

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  180. Tweeted :) - 5/14 - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/598761167675228161

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  181. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/598821926660739074

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  182. https://twitter.com/carawling/status/598863010942320640

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  183. https://twitter.com/angelftw1/status/598884486638473216

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  184. https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/598899180015255552

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  185. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/598902313676181504

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  186. https://twitter.com/jbmthill/status/599184777275543552

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  187. i clean my car myself -i look silly-to the neighbors doing it listening to music and dancing away

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  188. I keep my car clean by detailing it weekly. deana

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  189. https://twitter.com/KGlatt/status/599240592053284864

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