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Cleanliness in Van Life

Cleanliness Can Make Van Life More Comfortable

Keeping your van clean is important for overall comfort as well as your health. It can be difficult while on the road with the limited space for supplies. Below are some methods and supplies to help you spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying your adventures.

The goal when choosing van life cleaning supplies are lightweight items and that can easily be stored in small spaces. This can help keep your van’s weight lower and allow you to prioritize what you need to pack for every trip.


Van Life cleaning the outside of your vanCleaning the exterior of your van while on the road can be accomplished in a few ways. One option is a truck/RV wash, these can be found at most truck stops or near Interstate Highways. The price to have a motorhome washed at one of these locations can range anywhere from $20-$30.

The second option would be a do-it-yourself car wash with tall enough bays to fit your van. Most self-car washes have options for spray soap, foaming brushes, and a variety of other products to clean your van. This is a cheaper option but will require you to do the work. Be cautious when spraying around vents, antennas, and AC units.

A small portable squeegee for the windows is also a good idea, or you can clean your windows when stopping for fuel.

These are just a few options for keeping your van clean while on the road. The items you bring will depend on how much space you have and the duration of your trip. Is there any products we missed that you suggest using?


Van life interior cleaningA Broom & Dustpan can be one of the best investments for your van. While on your travels you will track sand and dirt inside your van, it’s a good idea to sweep often. As simple as it sounds, sweeping your van can have a dramatic effort on your van in the long term. If you’re ever wanting to resell or trade-in your van then it will have a higher value if it’s been consistently cleaned and well-maintained.

Paper Towels are a necessity while living in a van. It’s a good idea to keep 2-3 rolls in your van at all times. You could also bring blue shop towels for tougher messes like mud and dirt.

Disinfectant Wipes are great for wiping down all surfaces in your van. You can also use the wipes to clean the floor instead of mopping.

All-Purpose Cleaning Solution is handy to use on the stove, floor, and other surfaces of your van. A vinegar and water solution is an all-natural alternative to harsh chemicals.

Liquid Dish soap is good for cleaning grease and food off pots, pans, and dishes. It can also be used to clean and disinfect your bathroom.

A Portable Vacuum can be good if you have the room in your van for it. The downside is it will need to be kept charged. Alternatively, you can stop at a gas station that has vacuums.