My car is part of my spring cleaning tasks and I’m learning about things I can do to maintain it. Y’all probably figured a lot of this stuff out years ago but I’m slow to catch up. My car is a 10-year-old Honda CRV—nothing fancy, but it’s paid for and I want it to last a few more years.
I’m pretty good at getting the oil changed and keeping it relatively clean but some things were starting to look bad like the spare tire cover on the back that was falling apart. I checked with the dealer and found out a replacement would cost me both arms and one of my legs. A search of eBay netted me a brand new Honda tire cover that fits my spare—and at a much more reasonable cost. I so love eBay!
After my car wash and detailing adventure yesterday, I stopped by the Honda dealer and picked up a small bottle of touch-up paint. For $9, I fixed the scratches and dings that have developed over time. You use it just like nail polish (it has a little brush inside). I wish I’d known about this years ago…ah well.
The car wash folks used a horrid freshener in the car that had me coughing all the way home—like I needed any help from them. So I left the windows down last night and made myself a new bottle of “A Happy Place To Be” aromatherapy spray for my car.
I usually keep a bottle of this in the car for when I feel a bit of road rage coming on. I spray a bit and start singing “I’m a happy girl” so I won’t cuss too much or perform rude gestures for drivers who do idiotic things.
Here’s the recipe (found online years ago):
“A Happy Place To Be” Spray
Add to 2 ounces of purified water in spray bottle:
- 20 drops of spearmint essential oil
- 10 drops of bergamot essential oil
- 10 drops of lemon essential oil
I also needed a new keychain so I made one last night using the easy tutorial at Creative Little Daisy.
Spring cleaning on my car is now done and it is ready for adventures. My husband insists I keep a safety kit and a fleece blanket in the back, and he got me a road assistance membership through AARP (don’t laugh, but we’re that old!). In the event of an emergency, I’m organized.