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Surprising Ways Car Wax Can Make Your Life Easier

I wouldn’t be surprised to learn there’s an old can of car wax hanging out in your garage or basement. Now would be the time to find it, dust it off and hope it’s not all dried out. I promise that by the time you finish reading, you’re going to be clamoring to put these tips to work. Prepare to be amazed.


There’s nothing like a nice hot shower to steam up bathroom mirrors. Car wax is the secret to make them fog-free. Apply a small amount to the entire mirror and allow it to dry. Buff it away with a soft, dry cloth.

Tub and Sink Fixtures

No matter how water-spotted and dull your faucets and fixtures are, car wax will make them look like new — and help them stay that way. Rub a small bit of car wax into all of that metal and allow it to dry for a few minutes. Now polish it away with a soft, dry cloth. The wax will prevent new water spots and keep those fixtures sparkling.

Tool Care

Say goodbye to rust on garden, garage and auto tools when you apply a coat of wax to all of the metal parts. Make sure you rub a little wax into the hinges and moving parts to keep them from jamming and sticking.

Outdoor Grill

Apply a good coat of car wax to the outside of the grill to make it shine, repel water marks and make it much easier to clean in the future. Make sure the grill is not in the hot sun when you do this.

Shiney Table Tops

Apply it to your plastic, laminate and Formica tabletops. Wipe it on, then wipe it off to a beautiful shine!

Patio Furniture Protector

Whether yours is metal, plastic or molded vinyl, apply wax in the same way you would wax your car to protect against rust, add shine and repel water marks.

Rusty Rings

You know how cans of shaving cream, hairspray and other aerosol products can leave a rust ring when left in the shower, bath, garage or even the patio? Remove the rust easily with, you guessed it, car wax.

White Rings

Someone forgot to use a coaster, and their drink left a white ring on your beautiful furniture? No worries. Hit it with some wax. Rub it in with your finger until the ring disappears. Let it dry, and then buff it away.

Sticky  Drawers

And closet doors and windows, too. Rub a dab onto the tracks of those drawers, doors and sliding windows. Who knew that would make them move more easily? Now you know.


If you apply it to the areas behind your stove and sink, grease and gunk will wipe off easily. Your kitchen will sparkle, too.

Prevent Corrosion

Wherever you see it — on the mailbox, door and window frames, outdoor light fixtures, garage door mechanisms, it will clean the rust away. You’ll automatically prevent further corrosion from weather and water damage.

Granite and Marble

Apply a coat to granite and marble countertops to fill in fine scratches and restore the glossy finish and shine.

Snow Shovel

Apply two coats to your snow shovel before you begin to clear the driveway and sidewalk. The snow will not stick, allowing you to glide through the task.

That’s only a start for all the ways you can use car wax around the house. As for which car wax works best? I prefer Meguiar’s Cleaner Wax because it cleans, polishes and leaves a beautiful finish — all in one step. Turtle Super Hard Shell Paste Wax is a fine choice, too, just know that you’ll need to clean the surface before applying the car wax.

This article was contributed by Mary Hunt.

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