How to Protect Your Car from Messy Kids


A car is not only an investment, but it is also a trusted part of your family. When you travel, you spend a lot of time in your car. When you throw kids into the combination, you end up with a messy car. How can you avoid a messy car? The first thing that comes to mind is to ban all foods from entering your vehicle. But you and I both know that this is pretty much impossible when it comes to kids. The choice then is to carry foods that will not be sticky or leave grease stains on your car. You could carry cheese crackers, popcorn, cookies, mini calzones, power bars, muffins and more to feed the hungry tummies in the backseat. This lovely blog by Caitlin and Leena at Chowhound gives a detailed list on what foods to carry.

How to Protect Your Car from Messy Kids

You could also invest in a few products that would help control food spillage and make the clean up later a little easier. Kids love to kick as they sit – there isn’t really anything else to move while you’re strapped in anyway. The back of your front seat could end up looking scuffy – but these products from Brats on Board could help save the day! There are Britax kick mats, premium kick mats with invisible straps, and seat protector mats to keep your lovely seats from becoming worn out before their time. With so many products to control spillages, and make your car easier to clean without destroying the interiors, travelling has definitely been made a lot easier for the Moms who may be tearing their hair out in frustration.


If you’ve gone through the process of planning the trip, packing for it, checking and double checking details, thinking of food for the kids, stops along the way, games to keep them entertained.. WHEW! I got tired just saying that all out, and then cleaning a messy car at the end of your journey will be the last straw for you. To help you with this process, you can teach the kids to help you out. Praise them for a good action. For example, if they threw the candy wrapper in the trash bin instead of the floor, tell them you’re proud of them. Make into a game of who cleans the best, or tell them to be observant and point out something dirty – they get a point – and when they clean it, they get another point. Make cleaning fun and this behavior will continue as they get older.

Please share any other personal tactics for protecting your car from messy kids in the comments below.

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