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10 Uses for Car Wax

Whether in paste or liquid form, car wax is formulated to fill scratches and give a high shine to nonporous surfaces like glass and metal, while protecting them from smudges and stains. It's handy in other ways, too, so grab a lint-free cloth and get to work.

Car Wax Shines, Protects, and Does a Whole Lot More

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Whether in paste or liquid form, car wax is formulated to fill scratches and give a high shine to nonporous surfaces like glass and metal, while protecting them from smudges and stains. It's handy in other ways, too, so grab a lint-free cloth and get to work.

1. Keep appliances fingerprint-free

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Apply a thin coat of car wax to stainless-steel fridges and stoves. Buff clean to resist fingerprints and smudges.

2. Give faucets a shine

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Rub car wax onto kitchen and bathroom metal fixtures to keep them shiny and spot-free.

3. Unstick hinges

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Use car wax to lubricate the hinges of garden shears and scissors.

4. Fix a skipping CD

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Apply a small dab of car wax to a scratched CD and buff it clean using short strokes along the length of the scratch, not across it. Rinse the CD with water, and let it air-dry before playing.

5. Combat corrosion

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Apply a thin coat of car wax to brass door knockers, mailboxes, and other outdoor fixtures to keep them from tarnishing.

6. Fight mildew

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After using your regular cleanser, apply a layer of car wax to the inside and outside of a shower door and buff off with a dry cloth to stave off mildew growth.

7. Make drawers and windows easier to open

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Rub a small dab of

car wax onto the tracks of drawers and windows so they'll slide more smoothly.

8. Prevent bumper-sticker residue

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Before placing a sticker on your car's bumper, rub a tiny

bit of car wax onto the area the sticker will cover. Later, it

will peel off easily—no gummy mess to scrape off.

9. Keep snow from sticking

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Shoveling is hard enough when snow is heavy and damp. Apply two thick coats of car wax to the head of a shovel (or to the inside of your snowblower's chute) to prevent the white stuff from sticking.

10. Make a mirror fog-free

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Rub a thin layer of car wax onto a bathroom mirror and buff it clean. Next time you step out of the shower, you'll be able to see your reflection without having to wipe away condensation first.