With the February half term upon us, our cars will be in for a rough ride as the kids climb aboard and smear every surface with unimaginable gunk.

Thankfully, help is close at hand. Master car detailer Tom Puttick says that one of the best tools for removing in-car food spills is – you guessed it – that humble baby wipe.

“Baby wipes are the hero for so many parents – it’s not just bums, but the seats they sit on that can be saved by these softies,” he said. “I also swear by clean tea towels and bicarbonate of soda too.”

To help you get the best out of your car, Tom has worked with car insurance provider 1ST CENTRAL to put together some family friendly tips for cleaning food stains from cars.

Watch his professional cleaning hacks here:

According to Tom, some in-car snacks make life particularly difficult for us parents. As if keeping our interiors wasn’t hard enough already, research conducted in partnership with 1ST CENTRAL has revealed the toughest food mess to remove.

Here’s the list, from worst to easiest:

  1. Milk
  2. Chocolate
  3. Yoghurt
  4. Ice-cream
  5. Crisps
  6. Biscuits
  7. Popcorn
  8. Muffins
  9. Banana
  10. Hummus

There’ll be no surprise at all that milk-based foods topped the charts in the mess stakes. Parent know that milk is one of the most toxic substances known to man – well, when it comes to cleaning, that is.

In fact, parents in the UK are so fed up with cleaning of spills and stains that nearly a quarter of those asked (23 per cent) said they no longer bother to clean their cars regularly. And a tenth announced that they’ve given up car cleaning completely!

Hopefully, though, Tom car cleaning hacks will help save your car from the long-term damage caused by back seat mess.