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Defeat car clutter with Amazon's most popular trash can — $10 for 4th of July

Not surprising: July is the most popular month to take a vacation. Also not surprising: If said vacay takes the form of a family road trip, July's going to be the messiest month inside your car. Before you know it, your ride's interior will be a ghastly landscape strewn with coffee cups, candy wrappers, french-fry holders, ice cream spoons, the odd wad of chewing gum — basically a garbage dump on wheels. Our advice? Nip this problem in the bud before before pulling out of the driveway with the bestselling Hotor Car Trash Can. It's a unique, clever solution to clutter-prone cars that gives you an easy and spill-proof answer to the question: "Where do I put this?" It's on sale at Amazon right now, along with lots of other stuff, for the 4th of July.

Looking for more smart ideas for you ride? Check out the best things to keep in your car in case of emergency.

"I spy, with my little eye ... no more backseat messes!"

$10 at Amazon

Why is this a good deal? 💰

This trash can is less than the cost of lunch at your favorite fast-food joint. That's a lot less than paying to have your car detailed (which averages between $100 and $400 — ouch) when the mess becomes too much to handle. Not only is this the highest-rated car trash can at Amazon, but shoppers bought more than 10,000 of 'em last month. That's a lot of clean cars.

Why do I need this? 🤔

Cars get messy. That's just how it is, especially if you've got a daily commute, use it for family getaways or have kids. All manner of on-the-road detritus finds its way into the nook and cranny of your car's interior, eventually turning it into a disaster zone. The Hotor gives you an easy place to dispose of it, while the pockets on its sides can keep tissues, wipes and cleaning supplies at the ready to tackle problems fast — before they become a sticky mess on the floor or bottom of your cup holder.

When the road trip's over, or on those occasions when you need every square inch of interior space available, you can fold the can away for easy storage (just be sure to empty it first). Speaking of which: You can also use the Hotor as a storage bin for things such as chargers and snacks on long drives. The inner lining is not only waterproof but easily removable. Just toss in the washing machine and it's good as new.

Hotor car trash can and organizer
Is it counterintuitive that this car trash can is also an organizer for accessories, snacks or other essentials? Nay ... it's genius! (Amazon)

What reviewers say 💬

The Hotor Car Trash Can has over 34,000 five-star fans that have attested to its convenience and usefulness.

Pros 👍

"I tried three different car trash cans and this one fit my needs perfectly," one reviewer said. "It looks good too. The bag blends right into my black interior so it isn't obvious. I hang it off the back of the center console and it is long enough to hang below the air conditioning vent for the back seat of my Honda CR-V. My dog really appreciates that!"

"I bought this because I got tired of either keeping a plastic grocery bag in my car for trash or simply stockpiling trash until I felt the need to empty my car out," another buyer said. "This trash can does its job and is very convenient for those who wish to maintain a clean car. I don't have kids, but I purchased one for a friend who does and she found it to be amazing."

There's nothing quite like driving a clean car, as this reviewer attested: "I recently purchased this car trash bag can and it's been a game-changer for keeping my vehicle clean and organized. The design is sleek and fits perfectly in my car without taking up too much space."

Cons 👎

Shoppers love this little trash can so much that their main criticism is pretty darn minor — they want more liners.

"I've had this for a year and I love it," one customer raved. "It may look small, but I fit two grocery bags' worth of trash in this little can! I appreciate the adjustable straps on it as well, so I could perfectly fit it in my car. My only complaint is that I wish they sold the trash liners that originally came with it separately, as I'd buy more of them! However, I've just been using it without a liner since I ran out and I haven’t had any leaks or accidents at all."

Another shopper echoed that sentiment. "The one (small) downside is that I wish it would come with more little trash bags. Other than that, I love it!"

This easy-to-use car trash can is available in several colors (at slightly varying prices). There's also a 3-gallon version for a still-totally-worth-it $19.

$12 at Amazon

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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