Car Wax Shines, Protects, and Does a Whole Lot More
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
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
Rub car wax onto kitchen and bathroom metal fixtures to keep them shiny and spot-free.
3. Unstick hinges
Use car wax to lubricate the hinges of garden shears and scissors.
4. Fix a skipping CD
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
Apply a thin coat of car wax to brass door knockers, mailboxes, and other outdoor fixtures to keep them from tarnishing.
6. Fight mildew
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
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
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
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
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.