Car wax is designed to fill scratches, add shine to nonporous surfaces like glass and metal, and provide protection from smudges and stains. It’s a shame that something so versatile is typically only used on cars, when it can actually be used to do so much more! That humble container of car wax hiding away in your garage has plenty of uses that can make cleaning your house a much easier task!
So go find that container (or pick one up the next time you’re out shopping) and start using it throughout the house. Here are 11 creative household uses for car wax that might surprise you!
11 Surprisingly Practical Uses For Car Wax
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1. Fog-Free Mirrors
Prevent your bathroom mirror from fogging up after a hot shower with car wax! Apply a small amount of car wax to the mirror, let it dry, then buff with a soft dry cloth.
2. Fight Mildew
First clean your tiles, shower wall, or shower door with your regular cleaner. Then apply a layer of car wax to the inside and outside of your shower door and buff with a clean, dry cloth to prevent mildew growth. You’ll only need to reapply about once a year!
3. Fight Fingerprints
If you own stainless steel kitchen appliances, consider using car wax to clean them instead of a surface cleaner. Simply apply a light coat of car wax to the appliance, and buff clean to repel fingerprints and smudges.
4. Patio Furniture Protection
Apply a coat of car wax to metal, plastic or molded furniture to protect and add shine. They’ll last a lot longer with the added protection of the wax, which could save you a lot of money over time!
5. Shiny, Spot-Free Fixtures
Rubbing car wax onto your bathroom and kitchen metal fixtures will help keep them shiny and help prevent water spots. After applying the wax, buff it to a shine with a microfiber cloth.
6. Keep Snow From Sticking
When it’s time to clear the driveway and sidewalks after a snowstorm, apply two coats of car wax to your shovel before you begin. This will stop snow from sticking to it, making shoveling the walk so much easier. (If you use a snow blower, wax the inside of the chute for the same benefit!)
7. Easy-To-Clean Backsplash
If you wax the backsplash tiles behind your stove and sink, grease will wipe right off with almost no effort. Plus it will make your kitchen sparkle!
8. Prevent Metal Corrosion
Mailboxes, door knockers, and outdoor light fixtures are all subjected to the elements, which can lead to corrosion over time. You can fend off the elements by treating your outdoor fixtures with car wax!
9. Cure For Sticky Doors & Windows
Rub a small dab of car wax onto the tracks of sliding closet doors, drawers and windows to help them open and close more smoothly.
10. Shine Leather Shoes
Car wax works great on patent leather shoes. It keeps them looking great, and makes them much easier to wipe clean.
11. Shine Your Stove
Clean your stove top and apply a layer of car wax once a month to create a clear barrier that makes cleaning up a breeze! Burnt on food and grease wipe off easily, and it will stay shiny for weeks.
Do you use car wax on anything other than your car?