I never thought I would become the kind of person who had a messy car but parenthood does strange things to us - quite why I ever thought it would be a good idea to offer my toddler a packet of raisins while she was sat in her car seat, I really don't know. I have been finding squished raisins on the back seat of our Audi for the past 12 months!
Travelling with kids seems to inevitably result in dirt, debris, food and bits of sparkly stuff strewn all over the car. The trouble is, I really don't have the time or the inclination to be dragging out the vacuum to the car every weekend to put it back to rights and I definitely can't afford to get the seats and carpet cleaned professionally more than once in a blue moon. I've been contemplating getting a handheld vacuum for some time and so the new Ring Rechargeable Vacuum Cleaner was perfectly timed for the challenge.
A small, handheld vacuum, the Ring Rechargeable Vacuum Cleaner is cordless so you can charge it up on the handy charging unit inside the house and then take the vacuum out to clean the car. It is very compact and light, so if you know you are going on a family journey that could get messy, you can take the Ring cleaner with you.
For me, a handheld vacuum in the car is perfect for keeping on top of the mess. After a journey to the park, or a trip to the grandparents I can quickly whizz the vacuum cleaner around the back seat of the car to put it back to rights. It is powerful enough to pick up the main pieces of dirt and debris but I'll probably need a professional clean every few months to really get the car clean. This is the perfect solution to reduce the frequency of "big" cleans in that back seat.
The Ring Rechargeable Vacuum Cleaner has a couple of nifty features that make it ideal for use in a car. Firstly there is a set of LEDs which you can switch on to light up dark nooks and crannies. Perfect for that void down the edge of Holly's ISOFIX car seat where the raisins collect! Next, it comes with a set of attachments which make it stand apart from many handheld vacuums; these can allow you to really get into the pile of a carpet (either inside or outside the car), into tight corners or hard to reach places.
The charging unit itself is also sleek and compact; you simply slide the vacuum onto it so that it sits upright while it charges. I was a bit surprised to find out that the Ring vacuum cleaner only held 16 minutes of continuous charge but then I stopped to wonder when I would ever think of spending more than 16 minutes cleaning the back seat of my car!!! The cleaner is easy to empty (you simply click off the end piece) and you can see into it to know when it needs emptying.
Ring also make a 12V version of their handheld vacuum cleaner which has a 4m cable and you can run it directly from the car power supply. Both are perfect for cleaning up the children's crumbs and sparkly bits in the back of the car!