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I just got my new prius a week ago. Love it so far. Still trying to figure out the best way to use some of the small features. Where do you put your trash? In the center console bin? Is is safe to leave CDs in there on a hot day? I've never had a car with a CD player. How do you clean the touch screen. It sure picks up prints easily. Thanks for the advice. And any other little tips are appreciated.
 

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I put my trash in the drivers door. That way, when i get out, i can pick up the trash and throw it away. For the touch screen, i went down to Lensecrafters and picked up a microfiber cloth designed for cleaning glasses. Make sure the car is off or turn off the diplay in the diplay menu. to turn it back on simply press any other button. If you don't turn it off, you'll start pressing buttons. Pressing buttons is nothing but a mess.

The center console would be fine for storing cds. I keep my cds in the sterio. The car gets hot.. but not all that hot unless you live some place like AZ.... then i understand.

For cleaning the car, i would recommend aginst armorall... most people us it. It cracks interiors over time. I would recommend http://www.moreshine.com things like invisible glass are awesome. Any more questions? feel free to PM me. :D
 

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touchscreen cleaning

If you go to the FAQ section off of http://toyota.custhelp.com/ , they have this post:

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Cleaning Touch Screen Control Panels

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How should I clean the touch screen panel in my vehicle?

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Toyota recommends cleaning touch screen panels with a soft damp cloth. Soak a clean soft cloth in lukewarm water and lightly wipe the surface.

Do not use substances such as solvents, kerosene, alcohol, gasoline, alkaline, or acidic solutions. These chemicals can cause staining or discoloration of the screen.
 

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Do you truly feel good about putting a damp cloth on your computer screen? I don't.. which is why i didn't quote them. Anything i use on my screen is dry. Maybe, if the finger print oils build up over a long period of time, i'll use something that will break them down and completely remove them.. but till then, i'm sticking to my lense cleaning cloth.
 

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A damp (ie - not "wet", not "dripping") cloth is okay to use. Water only causes electrical problems if it gets into the electronics. Unless you're really enthusiastic or careless in your cleaning, this is unlikely.

As for keeping the dashboard clean, I keep a little cotton dashboard brush just under the passenger seat, so it's always within reach. A quick brush off once a week, and dust isn't much of a problem.

And for garbage, I keep a plastic cup in my driver's door. I never keep liquds there; I'd only end up spilling them upon entering or exiting the car! Whenever I have something to discard, I toss it into that cup. When I get gas, I can dump the cup too.
 

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Thanks for the ideas. Averaging 45 mpg on the first tank so far. Very cool! 8)
 

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Maybe it is just becuase I am a computer programmer, but the cloth we use to clean our monitors and laptops is knid of like the cloth from lenscrafters. Also when the fingerprints get to thick there are some non-alcoholic pads you can use and also a spray. Just go down to your local computer store and buy some monitor cleaner and cloth. No water and no mess.
 

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V8Cobrakid said:
For cleaning the car, i would recommend aginst armorall... most people us it. It cracks interiors over time.
Hmm. Never heard about this before. I've used amorall in my minivan for the past 10 yrs and the interior looks like new. I do a major inside detail job once or twice a year using the stuff. Of course, I have also religiously used a sunshield in the front window and the other windows are tinted. Maybe that helps to keep the interiors from cracking.

Is this something you have witnessed, or read about somewhere? I'm curious. I was planning on using the same kind of cleaning agents for my Prius, but I'm willing to consider other options if need be.
 

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armorall

I also have heard that Armorall causes cracking. It is my understand that the cracking potential is accellerated if you STOP using it.
 

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Cleaning Tip

I have been a little bit fussy since getting my new Prius last month. I am a high milage driver and have driven over 11,000 Km in the first 6 weeks.
I use a microfiber cloth that I refresh with a small amount of dish detergent and then rinse very well. I tend to leave it in a sandwhich bag in the rear cup holder. I then use it too wipe any fingerprints or dust off off the dash. I just refresh it every couple of days....

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Does anyone know how to remove (minimize) small scratches on the dash and rear internal window frame. I was moving some boxes and apparently they left some wear marks that will not come off.

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so far averaging from 4.4 litres/100 km to 5.1 litres per 100 km ....4.4 takes some work..... 4.8 which is about 48 US mpg and about 60 Imperial mpg is easily achieved.
Happy Motoring....
Barry
 

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Jim Biggs said:
I also have heard that Armorall causes cracking. It is my understand that the cracking potential is accellerated if you STOP using it.
Agreed. This happeend to two of my prior cars, both after I stopped using it.
 

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Since we are talking trash, I have a question, what is the best way to clean the cup holders? Mine got all sticky from soda.
All the other cars I had, the cup holders had liners that came out so that you could wash them.
 

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Diana_04Prius said:
Since we are talking trash, I have a question, what is the best way to clean the cup holders? Mine got all sticky from soda.
All the other cars I had, the cup holders had liners that came out so that you could wash them.
I put a folded napkin inside mine, so that the soda, coffee, whatever, would soak into the napkin and make cleanup easier. I also drink diet soda, so "sticky" doesn't happen....
 
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