13 Weird Tricks to Clean Your Car

We found simple, cheap, unexpected tips on how to wash your car to keep it cleaner for longer.

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Hair conditioner for shine

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Wash your car with a hair conditioner containing lanolin. You'll become a believer when you see the freshly waxed look, and when you find that the surface will repel rain.

Fizz windshields clean with cola

Fizz windshields clean with colaiStock/Thinkstock
When it rains after a long dry spell, a dirty windshield turns into one big mess. Get rid of streaks and blotches by pouring cola over the glass. (Stretch a towel along the bottom of the windshield to protect hood paint.) The bubbles in the cola will fizz away the grime. Just be sure to wash the sticky cola off thoroughly or your cleaning efforts will end up attracting dust and dirt.

Vodka on the job

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When your windshield-washer reservoir needs filling, raid the liquor cabinet to make your own washing fluid. In a screw-top gallon jug, mix 3 cups vodka (the cheapest you can find) with 4 cups water and 2 teaspoons liquid dishwashing detergent. Screw on the cap and shake well, then pour as much fluid as needed into the reservoir.

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Shine those car lights

Shine those car lights
Keep your headlights polished (and yourself, safe) by applying window cleaner and rubbing vigorously with an old pair of panty hose.

A one-step window cleaner

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Clean your windshield and car windows by rubbing them with baby wipes stored in your glove compartment. What could be easier?

No windshield washing fluid?

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If the reservoir is empty (and doesn't it always seem to be?), use an unlikely substitute to clean your windshield: feminine hygiene maxi-pads, a box of which you could stash in the trunk. Hold a pad on the sticky side and rub the windshield vigorously. The glass will really shine once you've wiped it to the max.

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Clean your blades

Clean your blades
If your windshield wiper blades get dirty, they'll streak the glass instead of keeping it clean and clear. Make a solution of 1/4 cup household ammonia to 1 quart cold water. Gently lift the blades, and wipe both sides with a soft cloth or paper towel soaked in the solution. Then wipe the blades with a dry cloth before lowering them into place.

You can see clearly now

You can see clearly now
Add 1/4 cup household ammonia to 1 quart water, pour it into a plastic bottle with a water-tight cap, and keep it in your car for washing the windshield and windows. As soon as your windshield begins to get dirty, take out the solution and apply it with a sponge; then dry the windshield with a soft cloth or paper towels.

Baking-soda car cleaner

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Pour 1/4 cup baking soda into a gallon-sized jug, then add 1/4 cup dishwashing liquid and enough water to fill the jug almost to the top. Screw on the cap, shake well, and store the concentrate for later use. When it comes time to wash the car, shake the jug vigorously and then pour 1 cup of cleaner base into a 2-gallon water pail. Fill the pail with warm water, stir to mix, and your homemade cleaning solution is ready to use.

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Banish back-road dirt

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In many rural areas, so-called oil roads (some unpaved, others semi-paved) are sprayed with oil to control blowing sand and dust. If you find yourself driving along one of these back roads, your windshield may end up coated with oily grime. To cut through the muck, sprinkle cream of tartar over the windshield, and then wipe the glass down with soapy water, rinse well, and dry.

A surprising no-wax washer

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Add 1 cup kerosene to a 3-gallon pail filled with water and then sponge the solution over your car. You won't have to spray the car before washing or rinse or wax it once you're done. And the next time it rains, rainwater will bead up and roll off the car, lessening the likelihood of rusting.

Watch the heat

Watch the heat
Washing your car when it's too hot—right after you've been driving it, for example, or when it's been parked in direct sunlight—can result in soapy splotches and deposits, says Consumer Reports.

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Avoid air drying

Avoid air drying
Also according to Consumer Reports, air drying your car—or driving it around while it's wet—after washing can leave unsightly watermarks on its exterior. Use a chamois or a soft terry cloth, plus a squeegee to soak excess water up—just make sure it doesn't pick up dirt that can scratch the vehicle.

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110 thoughts on “13 Weird Tricks to Clean Your Car

  1. to get rid of the odor in pants or under garments use la awesome oxi clean and soak over night

  2. Most of these tips are crap. Look, basic high quality finish care products can be purchased for not a lot of money and the results will be safer,easier and a far superior

  3. Heaven forbid-cut to the chase. Get 5 gallon of gas. Pour 1/2 on the inside and 1/2 on the outside. Set vehicle on fire with a match and step back. You will never have to clean your car again. Most of these ideas are bad. Real bad. Please do not set your car on fire. Just making light of these real bad recommendations!!!! Visit your lock Walmart automotive department.

  4. This has got to be the Darwin Award Winner as for as tips go ! smh

  5. this is one of the worst things i have read about cleaning your car. yes keep ammonia mixed with water in your car to clean the windows. and the best one is the use of kerosine to clean the car. way to go on protecting the
    and your health.

  6. 3 cups of vodka IS NEARLY A WHOLE BOTTLE, ROT GUT vodka is 7-8 dollars ..
    STUPID STUPID STUPID !!

    HUGE waste of money.

    Smart money: 3 quarts or liters of water, one bottle of isopropyl and a few ounces (2-3) of windex or other glass cleaner.

    Kerosene and water 50:1 (more water than kerosene) works just fine to shine a car

  7. This is the most ridiculous article I’ve ever read. It goes against most of the very basic car detailing tips I’ve learned over the years. My cars have always looked very good for years and years. Don’t listen to this crap.

  8. Do not do number 8 on tinted windows ammonium takes the tint off windows after extended use

  9. use crest 3d whitening tooth paste on your headlights to get that yellowing to be gone and make your headlights shine

  10. I wonder if I spray scotch guard on my car it won’t get as dirty…

  11. gawd. how does crap like this get published? the only useful info was in the last 2 slides.

  12. Wiping a windshield with a dry maxi-pad will just rub dirty around and scratch the windshield. These are the dumbest ideas I’ve ever seen.

  13. Why would anyone want to use vodka to make windshield washer fluid when the real stuff is so cheap?

  14. Cola for the windshield? How stupid is that? If you want the fizz effect use seltzer water. More fizz, no coloring and no sugar.

  15. Using window cleaner on your headlights will fog the finish over time. In fact, a quick google search will show why most of these “tips” are terrible ideas.

  16. well all of these so called diy household products for cleaning/washing your cars are a bad idea because it will damage paintwork and definatly strip the wax off…the best products to use are AUTOGLYM and MEGUIARS and for all the glass on your car is a good product called RAIN-X weather beater…its a 2-in-1 glass cleaner + rain repellent.ihave used thes products for years and i have never had any problems..

  17. Dish soap is just fine for a car’s paint. The fact that they use it to clean oil off of penguins after oil spills should tell you something. It does however strip wax off of the car, thus necessitating a complete re-wax

    1. I’ve got bugs sun baked onto my car that a regular wash didn’t even begin to take off. i mean BAKED on, any ideas?

  18. DO NOT use window cleaner on PLASTIC headlight lenses. You will only accelerate the oxidation that makes them turn cloudy, yellow, and brittle.

  19. Don’t do this with kerosene…you are in violation of the Clean Water Act

  20. Used regularly, kerosene will strip the finish from your car – have at it!

    Separately, Simple Green and vinegar are the only 2 things I used to clean just about everything. Both are reasonable inexpensive, both are non-toxic, and both are environmentally safe.

    Full strength SG is the best thing I’ve found yet to remove brake dust from car wheels.

  21. Man this is a bad list! it should be titled 13 ways NOT to clean your car.

    Kerosine strips off the wax, baking soda doesn’t have any lubricant and will scratch the paint.

    Using a panty hose to polish the headlight? Are you kidding me? If you want to scratch the headlights be my guest.

    Vodka is feasible for windows since it is alcohol but don’t mix it with detergent, and why use an expensive liquid like vodka just buy a plain alcohol.

    Cola over glass? Common, unless you want ants all over your car…

    Hair conditioner as your car shampoo? good luck in rinsing it off

    Ammonia? That’s bad for the tint and for your health, stay away from it.

    1. Any ideas how to get sun baked bugs off my car? the car wash didnt do a thing and im worried its going to ruin my paint.

      1. WD40 let it sit on the bugs for a while, then gently rub with a microfiber towel. It may take a while, but it should work. If they have gotten into the paint, then a body shop will have to do a color wet sand of the car. After this, have the car waxed regularly.

  22. Living in a hot humid climate, bugs are an issue. One way to remove them if you don’t have access to an expensive chemical solution is to wet the area, then scrub with static clean dryer sheets. You will have to wash the film off from the sheets, but it comes off pretty easy with your car wash solution. I always keep a box of them in my shop. I’,m sure the experts will say it is bad for the paint. Been doing it for years with no problems. Works on the bumpers, plastic surfaces and glass.

  23. I use ‘Bon Ami’ or ‘Bar Keeper’s Friend’ to clean my windshield. Works great and have had compliments on how clean my windshield was. I just get my windshield wet and sprinkle a bit on and rub it around with a sponge or cloth and rinse off. I would do this first before washing as you need to clean the ‘Bon Ami’ off after.

  24. Car windows – 50/50 white vinegar and water – perhaps a drop or two of dish washing liquid. Baby wipes – most contain harmful chemicals and should not be used on anyone’s skin and since they have conditioners for skin wouldn’t you have streaks from using them?

    I only use BW’s with rubber gloves to off ink and paint from rubber stamps and the conditioner keeps them from drying out. Feminine pads are great large gauze pads for first aid – cuts and scrapes and other medical needs. FP’s contain paper that shreds like cheep paper towels.

    Ammonia is highly toxic and corrosive it can burn eyes and skin.

  25. I have seen cautions against using window cleaners with ammonia for glass on cars. Keep that in mind for step # 7. Ammonia can attack auto glass and tint.

  26. You can purchase a plain bottle of soda water and a plastic spray container and pour the soda water in the spray container. That way you can apply it exactly where you want it without harming the car’s finish. That is what I do and it works very well.

  27. This article is stupid.

    Hair shampoo and dishwashing liquid will both strip the wax off your car. Why use a mix of vodka for windscreen cleaning, when I can buy two litres of the stuff for £2, which’ll do the same job?

  28. Vodka, water, and dish detergent for windshield wiper fluid?   Or you could spend 99 cents and buy a gallon of real windshield wiper fluid.

  29. I got a stain of Thenyl alcohol on my car and I can’t seem to find anything to remove it :-(…
    Does anyone has any tips for me? Thanks

  30. These car cleaning tips are the worst! They do not even make sense! Why wouldn’t one just buy inexpensive windshield washer instead of using vodka? That is ridiculous! The same for pouring soda on a windshield. Do you know what sugar residue can do? Obviously not. I normally like your hints, but this deminishes your credibility tremendously. Kerosene??????????????????????

  31. Unless you distill your own vodka in the basement it will still be cheaper to buy a good washer fluid at the auto parts store, especially if it’s on sale.

  32. This article is just a bunch of urban myths.  For example baking soda is abrasive and will stratch the paint on your car.

  33. Weird tricks? Really? It should be more like  “Stupid and asinine ways to ruin your car and your health”.
     Seriously; washing your car with dilute diesel fuel– has to be my favorite. 

  34. Some of these tips might sound strange, but they are still
    very effective. I’ve used the ammonia solution and the baking soda powder
    solution before, but the fizzy cola on the windshield is very interesting. I’m
    definitely going to try that one the next time I have to wash my car. I also
    definitely agree that letting the heat or the wind dry out your car after
    you’ve washed it is not the best way to do it. Wiping it down is still the best
    way to protect your paint job.

  35. From the experience of a cancer patient , don’t use petroleum products like kerosene, gasoline or similar liquids for normal cleaning when there are plenty of SAFE products on the market designed for those jobs. Kerosene, Gasoline, Diesel Fuel, etc, all contain KNOWN carcinogens like Benzine, Toluene, etc, You should avoid any contact with these products. At the minimum, wear safety gloves and a mask.  You will be glad you did. I was a car painter for many years, I was diagnosed with Leukemia 2 years ago and it was acquired from Benzene, a component of automotive paints and solvents.

  36. I honestly never knew about the need for the technician to wear gloves during installation. Good point about dirt and body oils affecting the seal. Thanks for the tips.

  37. these are idiotic . soda on the windshield oh but dont get it on the paint?? i mean panty hose and panty liners you are a pervert???

  38. Just about the worst list of ideas I’ve ever seen for maintaining a car.

  39. why not just use plain soda water…..but even tho i think its rubbish, better to use a newspaper and some windex, or some water vinegar or water soap solution. It makes it squeaky clean, the newspaper.

    1. I use a wash containing a wax cost around 4.50 per gallon or 20 -50 cents per wash depending on your usage,looks great works great and cheap too.

  40. When my washer’s bug-juice runs out, I pour in:
      -a quart bottle of 91 percent isopropyl(rubbing) alcohol(not the weaker 70% mix)
      -a glug of NON-soapy ammonia(optional, if handy)
      -a couple of drops of regular dishwashing liquid
      -then fill to finish with regular blue windshield washer juice from the gas station/Stop ‘n Rob store,
        or drinking/filtered bottled water from the grocery store(NOT tap water, unless you know your tap water’s
    not ‘hard’).
       This mixture won’t freeze, does a most excellent job removing bug innards, cleans glass wonderfully, evaporates swiftly, so little remains to become waterspots, and a good whiff’ll deter those pesty tailgaors. I’ve been using this for forty years now in a goodly number of vehicles, and never seen it do any damage to paint, glass, or washer system bits. Many others I know also use this formula, and they, too, report only good experiences. YMMV, of course, but I’ve recommended it to Mom, the boss, and such.

  41. u must be crazy–i am NOT wasting VODKA on a car window! jeeeze where do you people come us with this crap–prob from drinking half the vodka first!

    1. Would the vodka still be as effective if you filtered it through your kidneys first?

  42. BTW: If you have “problems” getting a streak free clean to the inside of your car windows use a car wax on them. Clean the windows with a glass cleaner and then apply a light coat of car wax to the glass. Let it haze up and then using a soft cloth “polish” the glass until all the haze is gone. No streaks and it also provides an anti-fog ability to the glass.

  43. The one issue I have with these tips is the baby wipes on the windshield. Many of these wipes contain some kind of either soap or skin conditioner which will leave a residue on the windshield. Make your own windshield wipes with either vinegar or ammonia and water or use a cheap window cleaner. Layer paper towels in an empty, washed out baby wipe box and pour in the cleaning solution. If you find that they are starting to dry out just add some clean water to moisten again. 

  44. Washing your car with kerosene?? The stuff does leave a nice temporary shine but quickly evaporates, and considering that it’s a petroleum chemical that you’re splashing all over the ground, the EPA might have a problem with that.

  45. The soda on the windshield is absurd. You risk a sticky mess and they didn’t mention any specific kind of soda. You’d be better off using carbonated water. However, one of the best ways to clean off even the most bug laden windshield is with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. They are indeed ‘magical’ in that they will remove tough streaks and stains (typically) and not damage the finish. So in this case they will not scratch the glass but strip it of everything else. I would not suggest using one on the actual painted surfaces of the car in very large areas. It doesn’t scratch but it will most likely remove any wax you’ve applied. It can be safely used on the plastic trim parts to remove bugs, road grim and and asphalt that has splattered onto your car from road construction. (Been detailing my own car since 16, so 25 years.)

    1. Melamine foam erasers (Magic Erasers) work well; but on surfaces that are painted, polished or easily scratched, they might work a little too well. It’s recommended to test the eraser on a small, preferably unnoticeable, portion of whatever you’re looking to clean before you dive on in. Magic Erasers perform a lot like super-fine sandpaper.

  46. Kerosene?  That will strip every bit of wax off your car.  It is good for taking road grime and grease off body panels though.  But only use if you plan on waxing the vehicle after.  (Car detailer – over 10 years)

  47. A less expensive alternative to the vodka would be rubbing alcohol. My dad used to always add some in during the winter months to keep the washing fluid from freezing.

  48. LMAO!! These tips are horrible!!! Kerosene? Uh, I know it’s good for cleaning brushes, but NOT a flammable machine that houses GASOLINE. And mini pads? Yep, I’m really going to keep those in my car. And baby wipes for the windshield? They will leave a dull film due to the moisturizers in them. Jeeeesch…

  49. ive tried the kerosene tip on the paint job on my motorcycle it really does the job as suggested, but the downside is that grime and oi; fimes from other vehicle’s  exhaust tend to stick to the surface applied with kerosene.i forego the tip and stick with waxes even if tedious it is is still a better alternative,

  50. ive tried the kerosene tip on the paint job on my motorcycle it really does the job as suggested, but the downside is that grime and oi; fimes from other vehicle’s  exhaust tend to stick to the surface applied with kerosene.i forego the tip and stick with waxes even if tedious it is is still a better alternative,

  51. Kerosene wash ?? Are you nuts ?? Where do you think the runoff goes?? Around here it goes into the Chesapeake Bay……Kerosene to wash your car is the stupidest thing I’ve read here !!!!

  52. Good job, I have gained a lot from this tips please continue the work!

  53. Go to Wal-Mart, buy a gallon of winshield wash for $2.00, then drive home and drink the vodka.

  54. I can get windshield washer fluid at WalMart for what, maybe $2 a bottle?  Three cups of even the cheapest vodka is probably going to cost at least that much.   Factor in finding a container and all the mixing, and this “weird trick” is more expense and hassle than just buying a gallon of washer fluid at the store.

  55. No, no, no, no! Don’t use kerosene as a washing solution on your car. The residue and wash water will drain off the car and into the groundwater. If a cup of gasoline can contaminate a whole swimming pool, imagine what a cup of gasoline can do to your groundwater.

    1. The point of using kerosene or gasoline to wash the car is that it requires no water.  There is no rinse, therefore no runoff.  The kerosene evaporates.  The amount left in the bucket can be filtered and re-used.  A soapy water wash wastes gallons of fresh water which can be pretty scarce in some regions during a drought.

  56. Cut up a couple of Apples—place in bowl leave in the car overnight or longer—it wil lhelp eliminate smoke oder

    1. For a small car use a Styrofoam cup add about a half a cup of coffee fresh and leave on floor board or on middle console over night depending on how bad the smoke odor put two in there it will absorb the smoke and all other odors beautifully!!

  57. Windshield Washer fluid is dirt cheap at Wall-Mart.  Drink the Vodka—save the Soap……

  58. Windshield Washer fluid is dirt cheap at Wall-Mart.  Drink the Vodka—save the Soap……

  59. Are you kidding?!?!?!  Baby wipes for windows?!?!!?   Only if you want your windows smeared to the max!

    1. Actually you can purchase a half gallon of straight ammonia for about 2 bucks and then mix about 1/4 cup to one gallon of water and you have ‘window cleaner’ minus the dye. Then you get about 8 gallons of window cleaner for your $2.00.

      1. “…then mix about 1/4 cup to one gallon of water”

        That’s a 2 oz to 128 oz range. A pretty wide range.

  60. Let’s see…windshield washer fluid costs about $1.50 a gallon where I’m from.  Even the cheapest of the cheap vodka is about $10 for a 1.75.  3 cups is about 40% of that.  So, you can use $4.00 worth of vodka from your liquor cabinet, make something that doesn’t work as good, and have your car smell like a bar…or you can buy it for a buck or so.

  61. Auto wax cleans windows better than anything,use sparingly and wipe dry as you go. Do not let it sit especially in the sun. An old fiberglass boat that is dull=a bit of motor oil and rub until as dry as possible to feed the color for a sale.

  62. So Phosphoric acid from Cola is good for a cars finish,about as good as 100 grit sandpaper. I would not use any of these methods besides the headlight cleaning,it still takes more than that. I use a rubbing compound and orbital polisher to get my headlights back to that factory shine. Poor article.

  63. So Phosphoric acid from Cola is good for a cars finish,about as good as 100 grit sandpaper. I would not use any of these methods besides the headlight cleaning,it still takes more than that. I use a rubbing compound and orbital polisher to get my headlights back to that factory shine. Poor article.

  64. i can’t wait to try these strange but easy ways to make the car shine. please feel free to experiment with them, let me know which you use and how it works!

  65. Pretty sure dish washing soap dissolves clear coat. Don’t listen to this article if you value your paint job.

  66. kerosene? i think this would leave a highly flammable film on my car, heaven forbid anyone should light a cigarett near my car.

    1. If you have ever bought a new car, the dealer cleaned it with a bucket of gasoline or kerosene right before they placed it on display.  That is how they removed the protective cosmoline coating and dirt. These days, cosmoline has been replaced with a plastic film to protect the car’s finish during shipping.  But, there has never been a report of a car bursting into flames right off the dealer’s lot.  Kerosene and gasoline don’t leave a film.  They evaporate.  Still probably not a good idea to smoke around the car until it is dry though.

      1. I was in the car business for years and we NEVER cleaned a car with a bucket of gasoline! Where are you getting your information? Have you ever dripped gas on youre car after filling the tank…it leave a nasty film! This entire article is BS!

    2. If you have ever bought a new car, the dealer cleaned it with a bucket of gasoline or kerosene right before they placed it on display.  That is how they removed the protective cosmoline coating and dirt. These days, cosmoline has been replaced with a plastic film to protect the car’s finish during shipping.  But, there has never been a report of a car bursting into flames right off the dealer’s lot.  Kerosene and gasoline don’t leave a film.  They evaporate.  Still probably not a good idea to smoke around the car until it is dry though.

    3. If you have ever bought a new car, the dealer cleaned it with a bucket of gasoline or kerosene right before they placed it on display.  That is how they removed the protective cosmoline coating and dirt. These days, cosmoline has been replaced with a plastic film to protect the car’s finish during shipping.  But, there has never been a report of a car bursting into flames right off the dealer’s lot.  Kerosene and gasoline don’t leave a film.  They evaporate.  Still probably not a good idea to smoke around the car until it is dry though.

    4. If you have ever bought a new car, the dealer cleaned it with a bucket of gasoline or kerosene right before they placed it on display.  That is how they removed the protective cosmoline coating and dirt. These days, cosmoline has been replaced with a plastic film to protect the car’s finish during shipping.  But, there has never been a report of a car bursting into flames right off the dealer’s lot.  Kerosene and gasoline don’t leave a film.  They evaporate.  Still probably not a good idea to smoke around the car until it is dry though.

  67. They recommend using a mixture that contains dish washing soap (like dawn) to make a car wash. Dish soap removes the wax on your car, so ONLY use dish soap to wash the car right before you wax it. ALL other times use a car wash shampoo so you are not washing the wax off.

    Their recommended vodka windshield wash solution is reasonable but will cost more then just buying a gallon of washer fluid from store. 

  68. Yeah, great idea:  Use a MaxiPad to grind the quartz grit from road dust into the glass.  You will get some GNARLY COOL scratches so the sun gets all trippy and s#!t!

  69. Or you could just buy windshield cleaner at the corner store. Works great.

    One tip they missed: to get rid of dog hair from the interior use dishwashing gloves – the ones with little nubbies work best. Get them a little damp with warm water and rub the fabric/carpet interior in one direction and the hair kind of  bunches up so you can just pick it off at the end. 

  70. Or you could just buy windshield cleaner at the corner store. Works great.

    One tip they missed: to get rid of dog hair from the interior use dishwashing gloves – the ones with little nubbies work best. Get them a little damp with warm water and rub the fabric/carpet interior in one direction and the hair kind of  bunches up so you can just pick it off at the end. 

  71. DO NOT CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS WITH BABY WIPES!!! Many baby wipes contain ingredients that will leave streaks and fog on your windows. This is a bad recommendation. 

  72. For cleaning windshields, simply use a properly formulated washer fluid such as “Peak Windshield Wash”. One gallon is $1.99 at Advance or similar auto and probably less at Wal-Mart.  You’re not going to buy a gallon of cola for $1.99 and the syrups in the cola are simply going to leave a sticky mess.  Better idea; amp up on a Diet Mountain Dew, then wash your nasty car!

  73. For cleaning windshields, simply use a properly formulated washer fluid such as “Peak Windshield Wash”. One gallon is $1.99 at Advance or similar auto and probably less at Wal-Mart.  You’re not going to buy a gallon of cola for $1.99 and the syrups in the cola are simply going to leave a sticky mess.  Better idea; amp up on a Diet Mountain Dew, then wash your nasty car!

  74. Wait until you have to use a putty knife to remove the wax build-up from your windshield.  Car wash & wax products are specially formulated for automotive use…not for “extra body and shine”.

  75. dishwashing soap strips wax from your paint’s finish, so unless you plan on waxing your car after, don’t use it.

    1.  I’ve washed my car for the last 14 years using Joy dish soap and as old as it is, the car still has a beautiful shine so I can’t agree with you about the dish soap.

      1.  The paint will eventually oxidize and fade. I guarantee if I took a look at your paint job I could find a plethora of marks and damage from years of dish soap use. Use Mothers or Meguire’s concentrated car wash soap it contains no harsh chemicals and is actually cheaper than dish soap. Modern Clear Coat paint jobs especially will be messed up permanently after repeated use of a heavy detergent based soap like Joy, but don’t believe me I only detailed cars for a living.

      2. ..interesting. Did you wax your car often? Just wondering, because I used dishwash to wash my car, and diluted in the windshield washer, and noticed the nice waxed looked was gone, and now I found the clear coat has come off in big patches… really bad, so I am not so sure any more..

      3. All dish soaps are not the same. Some are mild (like Joy) others such as Dawn(which I wouldn’t recommend for a car finish)are much harsher.

  76. use diet cola, no sugar. and it doesn’t have to be cola, any pop will do. It’s the carbonation, which makes the water a mild acid,  not the sugar or the color.

    1. In fact soda water will do it best.  It’s the carbonic acid inherent in sodas that does the job.  Cola?  AWFUL idea.

        1. You can purchase a plain bottle of soda water and a plastic spray container and pour the soda water in the spray container. That way you can apply it exactly where you want it without harming the car’s finish. That is what I do and it works very well.

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“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 
—Alcohol

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.