Yes, you may be familiar with how to operate your car. You probably didn’t read your car’s manual, but you know how to operate the wipers, AC, radio, and warning lights! We just hope you also know how to change the tires on your vehicle. What you don’t seem to think is that all you need are these easy yet completely life-changing auto hacks that you won’t find in any car manual. We’ve got you covered for anything from tiny annoyances to severe annoyances; you can be confident that these ideas will make your life easier. Have you ever done anything on this list?
Hot Water & A Plunge For Dents
Are you mad at having dents on your car? This can solve your problem. You know, dents are pretty common and everyone gets it from time to time. But it’s pretty easy to fix. Here’s what you need to do: Boil water and pour it over the dent. After that, take a plunger and pull it. Remember, this won’t work if your car is heavily damaged. But for small ones, this will make the dents pop right out! Maybe not as perfect as before, but it’s much less noticeable.
Toothpaste On Dirty Headlights
Have you got some foggy headlights? Dropping by the auto store could be a pain especially when you’re in a rush. Maybe you have something in your bathroom you can use. It’s toothpaste! It works well on teeth because it has mild abrasives that can clean enamel. Your headlight will be clear again, just don’t mind a bit of toothpaste and elbow grease. If it’s yellowing you might wanna think about replacing it.
Opening Your Keyring With A Staple Remover
You don’t have to break your fingers attempting to fit a new set of keys onto your cumbersome metal keyring. Simply separate the end pieces with a staple remover and slide them in! It’s so straightforward that we’re sure you’re wondering why you hadn’t thought of it before.
Put A Shower Caddy In The Trunk
Planning ahead of time? Our guess is you have some emergency auto supplies in your trunk, such as oil, a funnel, a rag, a flashlight, and so on. Get a shower caddy to securely keep all those critical stuff so they don’t slide all over your trunk when you need them — and so nothing else in the trunk gets muddy.
Use Pool Noodles To Prevent Car Dings
Admit it, you’ve hit your garage door more times than you’d like to admit! A pool noodle cut in half and taped to the wall where the door swings open is a simple solution (the scuff marks should make it easy enough to tell). You can secure it with bolts or simple command strips, but your car and wall will be safe in either way!
Need A Trash Bin? Use Cereal Bins
We always dumb small pieces of trash without any second thought. If you’re not careful, the smell could linger inside your car forever. So just get a trash can, it can avoid such problems. You don’t need to buy something new, get your cereal plastic containers. Out a plastic bag so that you can compact the trash and easily seal the odor.
Reduce Glare With A Tinted Plastic Sheet
We’ve all been there: you’ve forgotten your sunglasses, it’s getting dark, and you’re heading west. Your visor won’t be able to shield you at this angle, but there is something that can! A simple tinted plastic sheet will attach to your car window with static electricity and may be changed as needed, ensuring that the sun will never annoy you again!
Lessen Frost By Parking Your Car Facing East
This may look to be some weird witchy trick, but it’s fairly easy and sensible. When you park your car in the morning facing the sun, the sun’s rays will initially defrost your front windshield. If you leave for work when the sun rises, you’ll never have to wait for the defroster to warm up again!
Clean Your Wheels With Coke
You’ve probably heard the term “use Coke to clean this” a million times, but a cola and dish detergent mix can remove all of the road filth and brake dust from your rims and leave them sparkling. Some people worry that the soda will merely make things stickier, but the detergent you use prevents accumulation.
You Can Use Pantyhose As A Fan Belt
First and foremost, if you have any other options (such as contacting a tow truck) when your fan belt breaks, you should use them. Saving money isn’t worth the risk of catching fire in your engine. If you’re stuck, you can use a pair of pantyhose as a fan belt to get you to a petrol station or an area with cell coverage where you can get help.
Use Nail Polish On Small Scratches
It’s usually not worth the money to have your car’s paint professionally fixed if it only has a minor scratch or chip. The disadvantage is that you will be driving around with unattractive scrapes on your vehicle. We’re sure you had no idea you could do it yourself! It only takes a smidgeon of nail paint. If you can reasonably closely match the paint of your automobile, a tiny touch of nail polish will disguise the scratches well enough that no one will notice them unless they are looking for them.
De-Ice Your Keyholes With Hand Sanitizers
If you’ve ever had frozen locks on your car door, you understand how tough it may be to unfreeze them. You might not have guessed it, but hand sanitizer is the answer. Although pouring something into a damaged lock may seem paradoxical, the alcohol in the solution will melt the ice, allowing you to turn the lock. It will dissolve in your car in the same way as it does on your hands.
Keep Your Seats Buckled During Hot Weather
Trying to buckle your seatbelt in the summer is a dangerous game. Any metal portion of your automobile that has been exposed to sunlight and heat may irritate your hands, but you can avoid the seatbelt issue by buckling it in when you exit and leaving it there until the next time you enter. If the sun can’t reach it, it can’t get hot enough to burn!
Window Chips? Clear Nail Polish Could Help
Once again, magic nail paint strikes! If you have a crack or chip in your windshield, it will almost certainly spread and crack further, making driving unsafe. If you can’t afford a new windshield, a few drops of clear nail paint in the afflicted region, similar to a run in a pair of stockings, should keep the crack from spreading until you can.
You Can Use Rubber Bands As Phone Holders
It’s inconvenient when you need to glance at your GPS but don’t have a co-pilot to hold it up for you and don’t have one of that window or air vent holders to hold your phone (and potentially dangerous). It’s fairly simple to achieve the same effect with a rubber band. If you loop it through a few vents on your center console and around the top and bottom of your phone, the tension will keep it in place.
Easy Way To Cool Down A Hot Car
Have you ever had to stand outside in the summer to air out your suffocating hot car just enough to BREATHE when you got inside? To expedite the process, roll down the passenger side window and open and close the driver’s side door fast for a few seconds. This provides a fanning action, allowing fresh air to enter while eliminating all of the hot, stagnant air from your vehicle.
Dryer Sheets As Air Freshener
Spending money on air fresheners that only last a few days, such as clip-on or over-the-mirror air fresheners, is a waste of money. A box of dryer sheets lasts far longer, is less conspicuous, and absorbs odors effectively. You can acquire them in scented or unscented varieties, and they’ll keep your car smelling fresh for months.
The Nanotech Car Scratch Remover Cloth
This isn’t so much a hack as it is a pretty great product that can save the day when it comes to the appearance of your car. These Multipurpose Scratch Remover Clothes employ cutting-edge nanotechnology to remove automotive scratches and stains, restore vehicle color, and preserve paint surfaces. Each cloth, according to the business, can be used 10 to 15 times. Furthermore, if you are unsure about their performance, they come with a one-year limited warranty. So you can try them out and contact the company if you are unsatisfied.
Use Scented Wax Cubes As Air Fresheners
Aside from dryer sheets, there’s another DIY air freshener tip for your nose’s enjoyment. Simply lay a few scented wax cubes in a mason jar with holes punched in the lead. When you put the jar in your car, the wax will melt and fill the car with a lovely perfume.
Check Your Tire’s State With A Penny
The following tip could save your life. Place a coin upside down in the treads of your tires. If President Lincoln’s head slides halfway in, you’re good. If the tread doesn’t cover the president’s head, you’ll need new tires.
Keep Your Cup Holder Clean By Doing This
Purchase some silicone cupcake wrappers and set them in your car’s cupholders. They’ll keep all of your spare change organized, plus they’re easy to remove and clean, so your cup holders will stay pristine. You’d be surprised how much this easy trick would help keep things clean.
Save Space Using Carabiner Hooks
If you need to free up some space in your backseat, get some carabiner hooks and attach them to your headrests. They can hold bags, groceries, umbrellas, and other goods. This will help you free up a lot more space than you might imagine.
Warm Up Your Windshield Wipers
Another tip to help you prepare for the cold months. You’ll never have to waste time in the morning thawing out your windshield wipers again. All you need is an old pair of socks, which you should place over each wiper in the evening. So, by the time morning arrives and you’re ready to go, your windshield wipers will no longer be clogged with ice or frozen to your windshield.
Handy Towel Holder
If you ask us, we believe this is one of the most ingenious tactics out today, particularly for parents with young children. All you have to do is use a little bungee cable to secure a roll of paper towels to your automobile. This allows you to swiftly grab the towels without having to search the entire vehicle for the roll. Isn’t it true that we always have at least one passenger in our car who spills something or has a runny nose?
Vinegar To Defrost Your Windows
People who live in places where it gets chilly in the winter would appreciate this hack. It’s no laughing matter if you have to defrost your car in the morning. Why not give it a shot? Believe us, it works! Instead of splashing water on your windshield, combine it with vinegar. Then combine it all in a spray bottle and spray it on your windows. The vinegar helps to burn through the ice considerably faster, and you may apply the mixture evenly with a spray bottle to eliminate freezing spots impeding your view.
If Your Tires Blows, DON’T Brake
The following tip is more of a piece of advice than a hack. If you’re going at least 65km/h on an open road and your tire blows, don’t break it. Although this may seem instinctual, try your hardest to fight the urge. Why you might ask? If you apply the brakes, you’ll fishtail and maybe lose control of your automobile, which could result in an accident into anything. Instead, keep your foot firmly planted on the gas pedal. Sounds weird, doesn’t it? We understand, but this will assist you in regaining control of your vehicle and steering straight on the road. A few seconds should suffice.
Don’t Weigh Down Your Key
This one is more of a cautionary note than a hack. Having too many keys or attractive keychains may cause the ignition switch to be damaged. That is, your vehicle will not start as readily as it should over time. Experts recommend that you keep no more than three keys or keychains in your collection. However, if you feel a tightness or your key locking while in the ignition, you should take it to the dealer as soon as possible. Otherwise, it may wind up costing you a lot of money before you realize it.
Prevent Car Sickness
Have some fresh bay leaves in your vehicle to help avoid car sickness. Bay leaf is an excellent method to avoid car sickness, especially on long journeys. All you have to do is put the leaf under your tongue to feel better almost immediately. This works for both youngsters and adults. It may also prevent you from having to pull over or go to the drugstore, and best of all, it is completely natural.
What Side Is The Tank On?
People often pull over to fill up their gas tanks and “forget” which side their tank is on. What they don’t understand is that the solution has been there in front of their eyes the whole time. Take a peek at your dashboard gasoline gauge…can you see it now? You’ll notice an arrow next to an image of a gas pump. That’s the side of the vehicle with the filler cap, whichever direction the arrow points. Isn’t it amazing?
Clean Your AC Vents
The air conditioning in your vehicle is a godsend on a cold day as well as on a scorching hot summer day. Most individuals, however, overlook the need of cleaning the air vents in their vehicle. One of the best methods to clean them (from the inside) is to use a foam brush, which you can generally buy at your local hardware store. After that, carefully clean each panel. This not only keeps your air conditioning fresh and clean, but it is also considerably healthier for everyone in the vehicle.
Vaseline has been one of the most effective life-saving agents for centuries. Not only for colds and flu but for pretty much anything and everything. Have you ever considered utilizing it for the inside of your car? If you have vinyl or leather inside, spread some Vaseline onto a cloth or cotton wool and massage it over the vehicle to keep the leather from breaking. You may also use Vaseline to keep the rubber door seals from freezing in the winter.
Use A Newspaper To Clean Windows
We’ve previously discussed a method for cleaning windows, but it’s always a good idea to have a few alternatives. This method has been tried and tested, and nothing cleans windows better than an old newspaper, believe it or not. Simply spray your windows with window cleaner, then scrub them with the newspaper. This will give you sparkling clean results right away. Make certain, however, that the windows are not tinted!
Mayonnaise Is Not Just For The Kitchen
Whoever said mayonnaise belongs in the kitchen has never seen this hack before. Did you know that it can impressively remove tar from your car? In fact, it also works for any sap that has covered your vehicle and won’t come off. But do not worry, Mayonnaise is strong enough to take off the tar, it does not mean that it will damage the wax or paint on your car. Just make sure you apply a small amount of mayonnaise to a cloth and rub it into the affected area.
Get The Toothbrush
So the same way your brush your teeth to keep ’em clean can also apply to car maintenance. It’s the bristles in the toothbrush that’ll dig deep and get rid of any dirt lurking around. Plus it won’t’ create a gigantic mess.
Have a Magic Eraser handy so that way you can easily scrub off those disgusting stains on leather or vinyl seats. All you need to do is to wet the Magic Eraser slightly and gently scrub at the eyesore infesting the seat(s).
Listen, when you have a dog, whether it sheds a ton of very little, it’s all the same when it comes to cars. Their hair somehow gets EVERYWHERE no matter what you do. And no matter how many times you Hoover (vacuum), it doesn’t make a dent. However, all you need is a small spray bottle of water and a hand squeegee. Simply spray water on the seats, then squeegee the seats, and BOOM. All the hair is gone within seconds. Lifesaver.
Olive Oil Dash
Hmm, if you’ve ever tried to wash leather then you know it’s quite simply one of the hardest things you can do. Especially if you put the wrong thing on leather, you can destroy it. Instead take a little bit of olive oil, place it on a cloth or towel, and then rub it in circles onto your seats. As it does last a while, don’t overuse it. Oh, the only downside? You might crave Italian food a lot, but hey, you’ll have the nicest leather seats. Win-win?
Smell Yah Later
Getting rid of the stink that can build up in one’s car is a serious challenge. However, there is a solution, of course, there is. Get that baking powder out and spread it all over the seats, then let it sit for a few hours, vacuum it all up, and your car won’t be stinky anymore. You’re welcome.
While getting your wheels squeaky clean may seem like a lot of time and effort, if you use some bleach to get the job done you will instantly notice much better results. Simply put a small amount of bleach onto an old cloth, throw some Lysol over the powder, and voila you have an amazing, winning combination.