Dirty Headlights And Toothpaste
If your headlights are foggy, don’t rush to the nearest auto store for a special solution! You might already have something at home to solve your problem. Toothpaste, it turns out, works just as well on headlights as it does on teeth because it contains mild abrasives that clean enamel. Your headlights can be as clear as day again with a bit of toothpaste and elbow grease! (Side note: This wouldn’t always work. If it’s yellowing from the inside, you might want to look for replacements.)
Opening Your Keyring With A Staple Remover
There’s no need to break your fingers trying to fit a new set of keys onto your clumsy metal keyring. Simply use a staple remover to separate the end pieces and slide them in! It’s so simple that we’re sure you’re wondering why you’ve never considered it before.
Put A Shower Caddy In The Trunk
If you’re the type to think ahead, you probably keep some emergency car supplies in the trunk, such as oil, a funnel, a rag, a flashlight, and so on. Consider getting a shower caddy to store all those important items securely, so they aren’t rolling all over your trunk when you need them — and so you don’t get anything else in the trunk dirty.
Use Pool Noodles To Prevent Car Dings
Do you often hit your door on the side of your garage every time you get out? A simple solution is to cut a pool noodle in half and tape it to the wall where the door swings open (the scuff marks should make it easy enough to tell). You can use bolts or simple command strips to secure it, but your car and your wall will be safe in either case!
Need A Trash Bin? Use Cereal Bins
We throw trash in our cars without thinking about it, but did you know that if you’re not careful, the smells from that trash can linger inside your car for a long time? You won’t have that problem if you get a trash can. All you’ll need is one of those small cereal-holding plastic containers. Simply line it with a plastic bag to create a compact and easily sealed trash can that keeps your car clean and odor-free.
Reduce Glare With A Tinted Plastic Sheet
We’ve all been there: you forgot your sunglasses, it’s getting dark, and you’re driving west. At this angle, your visor won’t be able to protect you, but there is something that can! A simple tinted plastic sheet will stick to your car window with static and can be moved around as needed, ensuring that the sun never bothers you again!
Lessen Frost By Parking Your Car Facing East
This may appear to be some strange witchy trick, but it’s actually quite simple and logical. When you park your car facing the sun in the morning, the sun’s rays will defrost your front windshield first. You’ll never have to wait for the defroster to warm up again if you leave for work after the sun rises!
Extend Your Key’s Range By Holding Them To Your Head
We know it sounds ridiculous, but we swear it works! If your keys don’t have much range, place them under your chin and press the button again; the fluids in your head will change the signal’s range slightly. If you don’t believe us, just try it out for yourself!
Long Ride With A Messy Kid? MagnaDoodle Got You Covered
When taking a long car ride with a young child, there are two obvious issues: they are messy and easily bored. Fortunately, having a MagnaDoodle in your toy arsenal can help with both of these issues. To begin with, they’re easily one of the most entertaining toys because children can draw and redraw without running out of (or dropping) materials. What you might not realize is that they can also be used as a tray table for kids to eat meals from without getting crumbs and spills all over the place.
Clean Your Wheels With Coke
You Might have heard the phrase “use Coke to clean this” a million times, but a solution of cola and dish detergent will remove all of the road grime and brake dust from your rims and leave them gleaming. Some people are concerned that the soda will simply make things stickier, but the detergent you add prevents any buildup.
You Can Use Pantyhose As A Fan Belt
First and foremost, if you have any other options available to you when your fan belt breaks (such as calling a tow), you should use them. Saving money isn’t worth the risk of catching your engine on fire. If you’re really stuck, a pair of pantyhose can be used as a fan belt to get you to a gas station or an area with cell service where you can get help.
De-Ice Your Keyholes With Hand Sanitizers
If you’ve ever had frozen locks on your car door, you know how difficult it can be to get them unfrozen. Hand sanitizer is the answer, which you might not have guessed. Although it may seem counterintuitive to pour something into a broken lock, the alcohol in the solution will melt the ice, allowing you to turn the lock. It’ll dissolve the same way on your car as it does on your hands.
Use Over-The-Door Shoe Racks As Backseat Organizers
This one is especially helpful if you have children: A simple over-the-door shoe rack can be used to store all of the backseat necessities, such as sippy cups, toys, chargers, and snacks. All of the pouches are easily accessible, and they’re a lot easier to see at a glance than the pouches that come standard with some minivan seats.
Window Chips? Clear Nail Polish Could Help
Magic nail polish strikes once more! If you get a crack or chip in your windshield, it’s almost certain to spread and crack further, making driving dangerous. If you can’t afford to replace your windshield, a few drops of clear nail polish in the affected area, similar to a run in a pair of stockings, should keep the crack from spreading until you can.
You Can Use Rubber Bands As Phone Holders
When you need to look at your GPS but don’t have a co-pilot to hold it up for you and don’t have one of those windows or air vent holders to hold your phone, it’s extremely inconvenient (and potentially dangerous). It’s actually quite simple to accomplish the same thing with a rubber band. The tension will hold it up if you loop it through a couple of vents in your center console and around the top and bottom of your phone.
The Nanotech Car Scratch Remover Cloth
This isn’t so much of a hack as it is a really cool product that can save the day when it comes to your car’s look. These Multipurpose Scratch Remover Clothes use advanced nanotechnology to remove car scratches and stains and restore vehicle color and protect paint surfaces. According to the company, each cloth can be used 10 to 15 times. In addition, they come with a one-year limited warranty if you’re not sure about their effectiveness. So you can try them out and contact the company if you’re not happy with them.
Use Scented Wax Cubes As Air Fresheners
There’s another DIY air freshener hack for your nose’s pleasure besides dryer sheets. Simply take a few scented wax cubes and place them in a mason jar with some holes cut in the lead. Place the jar in your car, and the wax will melt as the vehicle heats up, filling your car with a pleasant aroma.
Check Your Tire’s State With A Penny
This next tip might just save your life. Turn a penny upside down and place it in the treads of your tires. You’re good if President Lincoln’s head sinks halfway in. You’ll need new tires if the tread doesn’t cover any of the president’s head.