Riding in a fashioned car is fun. Riding in a spotless clean car is another thing. Washing a car isn't easy, and if your target is to keep it spotless and free of dirt, there are a few chances you might get stuck in some complicated cleaning process. Don’t worry, I have a few weird tips and tricks you can use to keep your automobile sparkling clean. If you think regular detergents mixed with water are enough, the following tips might leave you dumbfounded.
1. Vodka works best
If the liquid in your windshield washer tank isn't doing the best job, it is time to use some liquor. You are not to drink it, of course, but to use it as a washer. Any vodka will work, no matter the price (so I would advise you to go for the cheapest). Add three cups of vodka to four cups of water and then two teaspoons of a dishwasher liquid. Shake the mixture properly, and pour it into the reservoir. Activate your windscreen wipers and watch the stains, streaks and all sorts of dirt
2. Pantyhose makes it glitter
If you thought wearing a pantyhose only makes you sexier, then you might be a little ignorant to some of the privileges that come with it. It doesn't mean you have to wear it and to rub your butt against the car body. The pantyhose is to replace the rag or cloth you use to clean the headlights. Apply a cleaning solution and vigorously rub the headlights and windshield – it will make them shinier. You don't even have to buy a new one; an older pantyhose is better.
3. Fizzing power of cola
If your windshield becomes dirty as a result of heavy rains, you don't need to spend time researching for the strongest cleaners. Just find a cola in your refrigerator, open it and pour it over. Ensure that the bottom of the windshield is covered during the process. The cola bubbles are proven to remove all the dirt. However, it is recommended that you wash it off after the cleaning.
4. Baby wipes
Your child can lend you a few things that will help clean your car faster. Rubbing baby wipes on the windshield i.e. is a proven technique. You don't even have to repeat the rubbing process.
5. Maxi-pads to the rescue
If you don't have a windshield washer, don't be stressed out. What you need is to borrow something important from a lady, and that would be some of her unused maxi pads. All you have to do is to hold the pad's sticky side and to properly rub it against your car's body.
6. Cleaning wipers with ammonia
Dirty wipers leave more marks on your windshield instead getting rid of dirt. You don't have to replace them. Just mix a quarter cup of any household ammonia with one quart of cold water. Using a paper towel or any cloth dipped into the mixture, lift the wipers and scrub them gently. Lastly, clean them with any dry cloth and your nightmare will end.
7. Baking soda
Baking soda finally finds its way out of your kitchen. It doesn't have to be accompanied by a packet of wheat flour. What you have to do is to take a quarter cup of baking soda and mix it with some the dishwashing liquid of the same amount. You can keep it until it is time to wash your car. Shake the mixture properly. You will then pour a cup of the mixture into a two-gallon bucket. Pour warm water into the mixture until it is full. Mix both the water and your homemade cleaner and you’re done.
8. Kerosene: the best substitute for wax
Rainwater on your car means chances of rust. This time you don't need to wax it, you don't need to spray it and the best part, you don't have to consider rain your nemesis. A mixture of one cup of kerosene with a 3-gallon bucket filled with water is what you need. Use a cloth dipped into this mixture, wipe it over your car and you are done.
9. Hair conditioner
If it keeps your hair glowing, then it is time to try if it works on your car also. Wash your car using a conditioner with lanolin. You don't have to add anything else. Just dip any soft cloth into the liquid and experience the magic behind it.
10. A smear of tartar cream
Most of the times, driving on oily roads might leave your windshield blurry. In this case, a cream of tartar is all you need. Sprinkle the cream over the windshield, wipe it with soapy water, rinse and lastly dry it with a cloth. The potassium inside the cream will repel any sticky oil.
11. Be cautious on the heat
If you've been driving for hours or left your car exposed to the sun's heat, your ride is probably heated up. Washing a heated car is not recommended for many reasons. Washing a car exposed to heat may leave some deposits and as a result force you to clean it again. To save yourself the trouble, you have to let it cool down before you start washing it.
In summary, a shiny car doesn't mean spending on the most expensive detergents. I bet you can find most of the stuff presented above during a simple house search. Thus, making your car glitter is easier than you think.
Thank you to Jason Roberts for this post.