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Car Wash Hacks: 5 Household Items That Will Clean Your Car

No car wash handy? No problem! Here are five ordinary household items that can help keep your car sparkling clean all year round.

1. Clean Your Car with Conditioner

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.

2. Clean Your Windshield with Cola

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.

3. Replace Your Wiper Fluid with Vodka

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

4. Polish Your Headlights with Window Cleaner

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

5. Clean Your Windows with Baby Wipes

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