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Take a Tour of the Inside of Mom's Car

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It's dirty and disgusting ... hop on in!


Momlogic's Andrea: Before I had kids, I took pride in keeping my car clean. There was nothing I enjoyed more than driving my freshly scrubbed car out of the car wash. But I have to admit I've given up. Working full-time with a three-year-old daughter has pushed keeping my car tidy, um, even sanitary, very low on my priority list. Lower than replacing my holey underwear (OK, to be honest, pristine undergarments are even lower on the list).

Here are some of the unique experiences you'll have driving with me in my car if you dare take a ride in my car. Hop on in and let's check it out!


When you first open the door of my car you're met with bouquet of scents wafting through the air. Mostly the smell of curdled milk, rotting fruit and poo. Crack a window and hold your breath ... you'll get used to it after a time.

Thirsty? Help yourself to many of the half-drunk juice and chocolate milk boxes. Or have a snack from the buffet at your feet: A cornucopia of smashed goldfish crackers, chips and melted candies. Check under the seat for some discarded string cheese -- lovingly aged for two preschool semesters.

Unfortunately you won't see much looking out my windows. My little girl's taken care of that. She's plastered them with stickers and, in a fit of dairy self-expression, smeared yogurt all over the glass.

There's plenty to do and so much to look at: Broken toys, torn art projects, snotty Kleenex, empty coffee cups, doll clothes, a lone sock, barrettes, rubber bands, chewed-on straws, unused diapers ...

The key word here is sticky. Everything in the car is sticky -- sticky from melted candy, from juice ricocheting out of freshly opened juice box straws and fruit leather dried to the seats. And If you like archaeological digs, get out a pick and dig your way through piles of sand tracked in from playgrounds and parks, rocks from our neighborhood, and shells and dried seaweed from the beach.

Unless you travel around with a Dustbuster, it's pretty much guaranteed you're going to leave the car with souvenirs on your ass. And heck, you might even walk away with money! There's change hidden in crevices all over my car, but it's so crusty with old gum and grime, you'll be hard pressed to figure out the coin's value.

For those extreme adventure travelers, just take a peek in the back. We call it "No Man's Land." My toddler has tossed many items back there that I have never, ever seen again, mostly because I don't dare go back there.

Think your car is an adventure on wheels? Comment below!

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Anonymous January 15, 2009, 3:22 PM

My car looks the same!

Jenny January 15, 2009, 3:28 PM

OMG!!! I think that’s MY car! Hilarious!

Mark  January 15, 2009, 3:31 PM

Ha Ha! Right on the money.

Anonymous January 15, 2009, 3:48 PM

I love it. You’ll never have to worry if you get stranded, you can survive out of your car. My mom says it looks like a kidnapper drives my car because of all the hand prints on the inside windows.

ShellyBelle January 15, 2009, 3:51 PM

But she looks so clean! LOL! Aren’t all of us perpetually sticky until they hit kindergarten? Great story.

Ben Martin, The Father Life January 15, 2009, 4:42 PM

This looks all too familiar!

Smartin January 15, 2009, 4:51 PM

Once the kids take over, it’s basically Carmaggedon. I thought my wife had trouble keeping her car inhabitable BEFORE the boy came along, but wow…Sadly, now mine’s just as bad. Kid 1, parents 0.

Spookygirl January 15, 2009, 5:48 PM

One more reason why my man rocks! He cleans out my van, vacuums it out, and washes it once a week :)

Otherwise mine would TOTALLY look like that, LOL!

Benton January 15, 2009, 6:02 PM

I wish my car were that clean. Very funny!!

Damselfly January 15, 2009, 6:39 PM

Hahaha! The classic Mom Car! There is stuff in my car I can’t even identify.

Teri January 15, 2009, 6:40 PM

wish my car looked half that good!

ETS January 15, 2009, 8:09 PM

That looks exactly like my car. Do they make a car you can hose out?

jenn January 15, 2009, 8:32 PM

eww, ok I dont think mine has ever been that bad, but only because I dont let my kids have sticky things IN the there are probably mounds of crumbs from crackers and slimey old fries laying around! but I have to say I have it pretty husband takes mine every week or two and cleans it, vacuums, right down to the windows the dash, even the wheels..otherwise mine would look so terrible.

sarbear January 15, 2009, 10:10 PM

Awesome, my car looks like that on normal days. Worse on bad ones, and of course spotless for a day or two every few months :D

Jessica January 15, 2009, 11:23 PM

Wow!! That is gross, but funny. We only drink water in the car and as for snacks we have them once in awhile. Followed by a quick cleaning and I mean quick. Usually I just pick up the big crumbs and leave the smaller one for the vacuum later. The toy part yes, I will admit that my car looks like a toy store on wheels. However, the sticky mess, no way. Not in this mommy’s car.

Anonymous January 16, 2009, 12:07 AM

Thats my…That lil girl is really cute

L.T. January 16, 2009, 12:12 AM

Loved the discriptions. My kids are older now, but boy do I remember those days. It just wasn’t worth bothering to clean the car—-ever.

Anonymous January 16, 2009, 8:28 AM

LOL! that is great!!!!! when i clean my car it stays clean for a day, then goes back to this. i have to clean it once every other week.

maeby January 16, 2009, 8:58 AM

oh man. this reminds me i need to clean my car very soon! oh motherhood!

erika r January 16, 2009, 11:06 AM

i got a rav4 and a laptop for having 2 babies. and the car is much worse than what was listed above , and the computer has also suffered at the hands of my 2.5 y/o and my 1 y/old. we should have had them leave the plastic on the car when we bought it.

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