Car Air Fresheners DIY – Do It Yourself

How to make Car Air Freshener for your Car – DIY (Do it Yourself). Find out how you can make homemade air freshener and have a happy-smelling ride 🙂 

While your car may prove to be your heaven for speed, pick up and thrill, it is true that all that thrill lies on the exterior. What you will be directly subjected to while on a ride is the interior environment of the vehicle consisting of air, space and most importantly smell, which will ultimately decide the comfort of your journey, more than the speed and pickup.

It has been noticed that several passengers complain of the smell of the car due to various reasons sometimes even lingering on nausea. This is usually because of the material used to make the seats and upholstery which may be ravished in genuine leather that most people have a problem with to adjust.

While your average car perfume may help to reduce these problems for you and your passengers, they always prove to be costlier than their value and some don’t even give off good odour. For these reasons and for the fact that our advice would prove much more fruitful, we strive to help you make your own car air freshener that can be made by you at the luxury of your home in your own sweet time for your own sweet smell!

The major advantage of your own freshener is that while making it, you could add only those elements that are suitable for each member of your family or friends so that while travelling, each of you can have a happy ride.

So here we present certain Car Air Fresheners that you can make on your own for your ride! We also have taken the initiative to guide you through each Freshener:

CRAFT FELT FRESHENER

 

For making this particular freshener, you will need the following:

  • One sheet of Peel‘n’Stick craft foam
  • One sheet of Craft Felt
  • Your preferred choice of scent (any sort of essential oil will work nicely too!)
  • One hole-punch
  • One pair of scissors
  • A good piece of string, ribbon or twine
  • A little of your imagination!

PROCESS:

STEP 1: Using your own pictures or imagination, make a freehand drawing of your choice once you decide your shape of the base and cut it out. Then, trace the shape onto the Felt and onto the craft foam. After this, cut both out and peel off the paper and stick the craft foam piece. After that, press the Felt to it.

STEP 2: With the hole-punch, punch a hole at the defined top of your design or shape.

STEP 3: Now add your scent. Be sure to not saturate it so much it would drip. If you’re going to be using essential oils for this, you will only need a few drops.

STEP 4: Having done this, you can thread about 12 inches of your choice of twine or a ribbon into the hole at the top of it. Now, you can hang it on the rearview mirror or any particular place in your car. If the fragrance reduced after a month or two, all you have to do is to simply apply another drop or two of the essential oil or the air freshener spray.

OIL FELT FRESHENER

 

Using oil felt is picking up preference nowadays. Most people advise using wool felt because of its level of absorbance.  The regular cheap kind will also absorb just as well but that’s up to you. It is recommended to use Mountain Rose Essential Oils. It has proved to be immensely successful in its usage.

For this freshener, you will need:

PROCESS:

STEP 1: The felt should be cut into the size and shape that you would prefer.

STEP 2: Use the punch and put a hole towards the top of it for the yarn.

STEP 3: Put 10 drops or less of essential oils of your preferred choice onto the felt.  It will absorb it a few seconds.

STEP 4: Through the hole, insert your yarn and now it is ready to be hung in your vehicle.

Alternatively, identical pieces of felt can be cut out and sewn together, leaving a small hole enough to squeeze a cotton ball into. Drip a few drops of the essential oil onto the cotton ball and close it. If you want to reload, sprinkle some on the felt and it will soak through into the used cotton ball.

HERBS FELT AIR FRESHENER

 

The most heartening fact about herbs is that they very wonderful and fresh and make great air fresheners. 

What You Need:

  • Felt
  • One pair of Scissors
  • One Hole-punch
  • Some Needle and thread
  • A Yarn or string
  • Herbs (lavender, chamomile, mint, rosemary)

PROCESS:

STEP 1: in the size and shape you desire, cut out identical pieces of Felt.

STEP 2: After that, sew the two pieces together, leaving a hole wide enough to insert herbs into.

STEP 3: Insert the herbs and sew the hole together.

STEP 4: Use the hole-punch to create a hole towards the top for the yarn.

STEP 5: Now, thread the yarn through the created hole and hang it in your vehicle.

DO IT YOURSELF POUCH AIR FRESHENER

 

With this guide, you can make a freshener that can keep your car smelling fresh with just small pouches and sachets of scent.

For making this, you need-

  • Light weight fabric
  • Thick hemp or some thread
  • Makeup pads or some cotton balls
  • Preferred Scented oils/spices/incense cones
  • Items to decorate the pouches such as stamps, paint or dried flowers
  • A pair of Scissors
  • A Sewing machine (or needle and thread) 

PROCESS:

STEP 1: Begin the process by cutting out rectangles of fabric 5×10 inches.

STEP 2: Thereafter, start the sewing process by sewing a strong loop on each end of the rectangle.

 STEP 3: After this, with the edges of the loop facing outward, you have to fold the fabric in half and sew each side up towards the loop.

 STEP 4: Now, flip the pouch’s right side out and begin your decorating.

 STEP 5: After which, you can thread a large piece of hemp that you have through both loops to where both ends come out of each loop, provided they are facing the same direction.

 STEP 6: Pour in spices, oil soaked makeup pads or cotton balls to add scents to your pouches, (preferably you’ll want to change the spices regularly to keep them fresh). For the major part, you are done with your freshener. The most challenging part now will be sewing the little pouches, but that still will not be that hard.

CINNAMON AIR FRESHENER

 

In making these kinds of fresheners, you may think that all these crafts are too intense to try but once you do attempt it, they are very simple.

For making this freshener, you will require:

  • Pillar candle
  • At least 3-inches in diameter
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Floral shears
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Dish or coaster

PROCESS:

STEP 1: Measure the candle height and cut the cinnamon sticks to match size with the floral shears. You’ll need to have about 20 lengths per candle to be comfortable.

STEP 2: Run some hot glue along the cinnamon stick and affix it vertically to the side of the candle. Always use low-temperature setting to minimise the melting.

STEP 3: When the first stick appears dry, you have to glue the next stick snugly against it and repeat to cover candle.

STEP 4: Place the finished candle on a dish or a coaster. Not only will it look pretty but you can also easily smell the glorious and welcoming cinnamon!

Having run you through this guide, we implore you to use this guide in making lovely home-made car fresheners to add simple, effective and yet welcoming odour to your car! Have a happy-smelling ride!

10 Steps | How to Lift Fallen Motorcycle

In the totality of your riding career, there will be at least once or twice where the situation will demand that you have to lift fallen motorcycle from the ground, due to whatever reason. Most often than not, such situations will be a regularity for those who have more confidence exceeding their skill and those who do wish to learn from mistakes.

With a fallen motorcycle lying on its side, there are many factors that a rider would need to consider before trying to pick it up. A motorcycle is, after all, a heavy machine that would require a bit of thinking, planning and forethought to pick up from the ground. This planning can be attributed to the fact that there are specific techniques for lifting a bike safely, which should be looked into.

It is safer to not try and lift a fallen motorcycle until you have seen the technique demonstrated by any qualified instructor. It can be dangerous to lift a heavy machine for your body, which may have its own specifications and limitations. Remember, you do not want to get yourself hurt.

So it is advisable to take a time to plan to lift because just like riding, the strength of lifting the motorcycle is also mostly mental in nature. You need to assess the compatibility of your strength before trying something as risky. Now before we guide you through our detailed steps to lift a bike safely, we would also suggest that you assess certain factors such as the area and the motorcycle itself for a few details.

Area Assessment

In case you have had a minor accident are safe and now want to save your two-wheeler, first get into a safe position yourself and from there, take stock of the situation. Check if your bike is on the road and whether picking it up there would be safe or not.

If not, then it is better for you to wait for any traffic police to notice and come or at least wait until traffic has stopped around you, before you try to lift the bike.

You could also ask some onlookers to help you, as most would be willing. But it would be better to warn the non-riders who help you about all the hot, sharp and breakable parts of the bike and you will need to show them clearly as to how you want them to help and where you want them to lift.

You should be careful that they don’t lift improperly and injure themselves.

Motorcycle Assessment

Once near the bike, it is advisable to shut off the motorcycle by using the engine cut-off switch or the ignition switch. Then, turn off the fuel supply valve of the bike, provided it has one. You could turn over the bike and check if it is damaged and how that will affect the lifting.

If you find that a little fuel is leaking due to the impact, then do not worry for it is normal for a little fuel to drip out. However, if you feel that the leak is too much, better move away and wait for someone to aid you.

If the motorcycle is lying on its right side, put the side-stand down and put the bike in gear. If it’s lying on its left side, you must understand that you can’t put the side-stand down first as that way the bike may roll onto you as you lift.

Having assessed these aspects, let us now move on to the main steps on lifting your motorcycle:

Steps to Pick a Fallen Motorcycle:

Step 1: The first step is to make sure that the engine is off. If it is not, hit the kill engine switch. Now see if the motorcycle is down on its right side and if it is, put your side/kick stand down.

Step 2: Now, you might want to walk around the motorcycle making finally sure the motorcycle isn’t leaking any fluids or having any damage that would make lifting it risky. And also make sure that there is no rock or debris around to avoid inconvenience.

Step 3: Ensure that your bike is in gear mode to prevent it from rolling once you start lifting it upright.

Step 4: Now, turn the handlebars to full lock with the front wheel pointing to the ground. One handgrip renders you close to the gas tank, right where you want it.

Step 5: After this, squat gently with your butt/lower back against the bike seat. Even though the bike may rock a bit underneath you, do not get concerned.

Step 6:  With one hand of yours, grab the hand-grip closest to your bike.

Step 7:  With the other hand, grab any hard part of the bike such as the saddle bag guards or the frame or the fender but be careful to avoid the hot and soft parts. Usage of gloves would be useful, if necessary.

Step 8: Having done the spadework, it is now time to lift the bike. While lifting, always use your leg muscles. Firmly lock your arms and take very small steps backwards, keeping your back straight. Remember to maintain control of the bike and not twist your body while lifting.

Step 9: It would be wise to rock the bike a little to get some momentum

Step 10: Make sure not to lift too much and flip the bike onto its other side! Once upright, carefully put the side stand of the bike down with one foot and lean the bike safely onto its side-stand. Now that you have lifted it, all you have to do is check for damage before you ride it again.

These simple steps given by us can be adhered to at all times by you to comfortably lift your motorcycle if it has fallen anywhere. But we would be very much relieved if you do not do this at the cost of your lives. For the sake of your bike, do not compromise your safety. Always remember first safe you, then safe bike. With this endeavour, we take leave in the prayer that you do not need to use this guide much and that you have safe journeys. Happy Riding!

How To Choose The Right Helmet | Helmet Safety Tips

So you got yourself a brand new Avenger or an awesome Enfield? You can’t wait to zoom through the streets with it, can you? Fair enough. But it is always advised to zoom carefully. Although we have no doubt that you know how to ride a bike, do allow us to help you with our counsel on how you can drive it safely. First and foremost in any list and on ours comes the helmet safety tips, which most riders don’t give priority to and pay the price for. Wearing a helmet has unparalleled and unarguable reasons and advantages.

That is why here we present for your knowledge and interest certain advantages and benefits of using a helmet in the hope that they get you to wear one:

How To Choose The Right Helmet
How To Choose The Right Helmet

[1] Minimizes the risk of an head injury during mishaps

We all know that increasingly, there have been reports of bike accidents a day in every city. What if half of these could be avoided just by wearing a coconut-sized god-sent particle called helmet? The material of the helmet reduces the impact of your fall during an accident to a staggeringly great extent, sometimes pulling you back from even death, due to its loyalty towards you. Just by wearing one, you ensure that you protect the most critical part of your body and reduce the death toll of bikers careless enough not to wear one as well know the importance of our brains.

[2] Makes it easier technically for other riders to see you

Two-wheeler riders are, as we all know, much harder to see on the road than cars and trucks and as a result, their manoeuvres are not anticipated quick enough sometimes. This can be fixed by wearing helmets which help other riders and drivers see you better. Helmets increase the mass that you carry and most of them consist of reflective material that helps others on the road catch attention of you and understands your turns, reducing risks.

[3] Protects you from mishaps caused by road debris

Most often, road debris is successfully tackled by passenger-vehicle drivers. It is the motorcyclists that have to fight with various environmental obstacles such as:

  • Stones and rocks and other material falling from a heavy duty truck ahead
  • Dust blowing into the rider’s eyes
  • Debris that gets kicked up off the road

These are some of the crucial times when a helmet with a good faceguard is able to protect you against most of these important issues.

[4] Protects you from elements of weather

In seasons like winter, helmets succeed to keep your head warm. In the summer, they aid in reducing chances of getting sunburns. During the monsoons, there is no need to explain how useful they are.

Now while we have presented to you the benefits, they always do not succeed in pursuing riders to use one. Because they have their own beliefs which we would like to clarify on for those who do not want to be swayed:

SOME HELMET BELIEFS

There are certain beliefs among riders that it isn’t cool for a biker to wear a helmet and really good riders don’t use one as it signifies fear towards the thrill of riding!  Such riders must ask themselves if it is cool that you can’t sacrifice your ego towards fear even if it means the loss of your life.

It isn’t always good to face your fears, in such cases! Crashes and accidents don’t occur based on your identity or talent. They just happen. And we can say that helmets are cool to wear because while choosing a helmet, you do have the liberty to choose the style and colour you like best. You also have the option to add stickers and logos that you can boast off and that is very cool, isn’t it? Well, cool in a way!

Another belief is that helmets aren’t comfortable. Well, that is exactly why it is advised for you to personally go and choose your helmet according to your specifications and not order it online conveniently. And after you have done buying your preferred helmet, we would like to guide you on your first ride with your helmet after which you can use our advice for your further rides to travel safely.

GUIDE ON HOW TO WEAR YOUR HELMET COMFORTABLY:

While wearing it, ensure that your helmet sits flat comfortably on your head. It must be level not tilted forward or back. The front of the helmet must sit low and it is advised to have widths of about two fingers above your eyebrows to adequately protect your forehead.

The helmets’ straps on the sides of your head must form the letter “Y” over your ears, one part of the strap in front of your ear, and the other behind below your earlobes.

You can adjust the rear straps if the helmet leans forward and if it tilts backwards, you can tighten the front straps. It is also recommended to buckle the chinstrap properly at your throat so that the helmet is comfortable on your head and does not move about too much.

Thus, with this done, we have attempted to share our knowledge with you about helmet safety and its features in the belief that it aids in helping you have safer and therefore happier rides home! So wear a helmet and save many a worry! Happy Zooming!

12 Tips to Protect Car Paint & Keep it Shiny

Car paint care and protection tips from GoBumpr. Protect car paint from chips and from sun damage. Read on to know new car paint tips & keep your car shiny!

It feels good driving past cars on the roads with various eyes admiring your coat and colour, doesn’t it? No better sight than a gleaming paint finish on a ride! Now, though this may be a professional job by your makers and your car expert, don’t write off your contribution to that amazing shine. A regular maintenance habit to protect car paint may prove healthy at getting added turning eyes.

Several complaints of cars getting chipped and damaged by sun-effects arise today. This is mostly because of deficiency on part of the owner to give minimal time and efforts to their car for its maintenance. All it takes is to get few well-guided tips to protect your coat and shine for which, you can depend on us freely. We bring for your convenience some ideas which don’t require much of your time and that can be followed easily.

Here are some useful tips to protect the paint of your car:

[1] Make sure to use a car cover

Use a car cover and park under a shade
Use a car cover and park under a shade

It is the most basic thing you can begin with for protecting the paint on your car. While parking in an open area or on the street, it is better to do so with the car cover. Your car and its paint will be protected from alien elements set out to destroy your car’s finish. Even if you are parking in a garage and not using the car for a long period, it is advisable to put the car cover on, so that dust and contaminants do not settle on the car, which affects the car’s paint.

[2] A regular car wash proves immensely helpful

It is important that you wash your car thoroughly on a weekly basis. Using a car shampoo and washing the tires, exteriors, interiors, windshield and window glass area also is essential. If there are bird droppings on the car, clean them immediately with water. Do not use household detergents to wash your car. They are acidic in nature and will cause more harm to the paint.

[3] Do not think drying is unnecessary

A major portion of people chooses to avoid drying the car using a proper technique. A lot of people assume that the car will dry naturally, but that’s exactly where the paint will get damaged. Not drying the car will leave water spots that will make your hard work go waste. A microfiber towel may be used or a weave drying towel that would absorb the water and dry the car.

[4] Use a clay bar for cleansing

Using a clay bar, you can get rid of the unseen particles that are stuck in the paint of your car. These bars are most effective in removing even the smallest of the unnecessary particles that may or may not be visible to the naked eye. A clay bar application on the paint of the car needs to be followed by a waxing generally to sustain the cleanliness.

[5] Regularly wax your ride

Remember that a good wax will easily last 10 months that will protect the paint of your car from external disturbances like scratches, dust, redundant, contaminants etc. However, to be on a safer side, apply a coat of wax once in every six months on your car to ensure cleanliness and smoothness. Applying wax also offers other benefits like significant increase in the efficiency of fuel due to less drag. Application of wax has been tried and tested and will certainly not go wrong.

[6] Use paint protection films

A new introduction in protecting your paint is a paint protection film that is a clear film which is applied to the body of your car for protection. Much similar to the ones applies on glass areas, the film will offer protection from any elements rising from the road and so on. Although a little expensive, the film will run for close to 5 years, which is almost a lifetime of most cars. The film can also be applied only on certain areas like the front and rear bumpers if need be.

[7] Clear coats may be utilised

Mostly, new cars come with a clear coat over the paint surface to keep the car protected and glossy, away from external elements. This clear coat offers a more professional finish to the car as well. Any minor issues can also be taken care of if your car has a clear coat. It must be kept in mind that clear coats are quite sensitive to scratches and succumb to oxidation and still not a substitute for wax. It needs to have a wax job to protect the shine of the car.

[8] Try out Vinyl Wraps

Not only do these wraps offer a new colour for your car in different shades, they also get the job done at half the cost while protecting the original paint of the car. They work as a shield for the original paint and protect from dullness. Vinyl wraps are also thick enough to go through small scratches and injuries inflicted on the car. Removing them also is equally easy and the glue that is left does not damage the car at all. So even years, your paint job will still look new on the car.

[9] Protect from brake and gas related risks

Although brake fluid and gas are on the inside of the car, they may come in contact with your car’s paint coat which can cause it to peel off. While filling your car with gas, avoid spillage on the paintwork of your car. If however, some spills onto the paint of the car, make sure to immediately wash it off. Brake fluid is also extremely dangerous to your car’s paint, so take extra precaution when topping it up.

[10] Avoid rough surface driving

Small stones or rocks on the roads can cause a lot of damage to your car’s paint.  This can be caused by them constantly hitting the surface of your vehicle. This is almost inevitable, but you can prevent this by driving more carefully on un-surfaced roads and surfaces that have recently been redone.

[11] Use smooth material to clean your car

Scratches can also be caused by dirty clothes or sponges that you use to clean your car. There might be dirt or stones in them and rubbing it across your car’s paint can cause chips, scratches and other damage which can be avoided.

[12] Choose convenient parking spaces

Through your weekly routine, try to find covered or sheltered parking whenever possible. This can protect your car’s paint and also the headlights and the rubber trims. This will help reduce some of the damage from the UV rays, heat and nuisance wrought by nature, including bugs and bird droppings that really give a bad appearance to your car.

These are some valuable tips that you could use to ensure that you don’t keep regretting that you bought a car you cannot care for. Each of these tips can be implemented pretty easily. With this helpful deed, we hope to take your leave having satisfied ourselves that you would find this yet another priceless guide to maintaining your automobile. Have a shiny ride!

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