15 brilliant uses for car wax around the house

Car wax is a real all-rounder: whether dealing with a scratched windshield or car paint, spots and scrapes will be gone before you know it after a good wax treatment. Wax prevents rusting as well since it forms a thin, protective layer on a car's "problem zones." But there are other uses that go far beyond the automobile...

1. Polish your bathtub and shower
Tiles, shower doors, and of course bathtubs are some of the hardest surfaces to keep clean. If you polish them with car wax after a deep clean, calcium deposits and dirt will have a harder time taking hold in the first place and your bathroom will stay cleaner, longer. Try it for yourself!

2. Scratched CDs
Don't throw your old CDs - if you still have some - in the trash if they're a little scratched. First try repairing them with car wax by gently rubbing it on the back surface of the discs. Remove any excess wax with a microfiber cloth.

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3. Fingerprints
Fingerprints show up so easily on shiny or dark surfaces. But you know what you can do? Rub car wax on them - that's it.

4. BBQ maintenance
Exterior BBQ surfaces are often made of dark painted metal and tend to easily collect dirt and rust. A layer of car wax is great for preventing both.

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5. Dustpan treatment
If you coat your dustpan in car wax, nothing will stick to it. This is also a great trick for fan blades or other light surfaces that tend to attract dust.

6. Prevent water spots
If your calcium-rich tap water immediately causes water spots everywhere and it drives you nuts, try using some car wax. Cover any smooth surface with a thin layer of car wax and water will bead off easily.

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7. Protect tools from rusting
If you're afraid that your tools - whether scissors, hammer, or saw - are going to rust, try applying some car wax to them. They will remain in good shape and rust-free for a long time.

8. Appliance scratches
If you have very obvious scratches on your kitchen appliances, rub a little car wax on them and see how they disappear into thin air.

9. Protect your garden furniture
Car wax will protect both metal or plastic furniture from heavy rains. It helps to prevent rusting so that furniture lasts longer when exposed to the elements.

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10. Remove rust rings
Have you ever gotten those frustrating rust rings after leaving your shaving cream container standing in water? They can be pretty hard to get rid of, but a little car wax and a microfiber cloth will take care of them straight away.

11. No more foggy mirrors
Your mirrors will never get fogged up again if you rub a little car wax on them. No more worries about taking a long steamy bath!


12. Furniture nicks
If your wooden furniture has a few bumps and bruises, you could try using expensive wood polish or get your hands on much more affordable car wax. Make sure you use transparent car wax if you don't want to color your belongings!

13. Window frames
I don't know many people who love to clean windows, but it's often hard to avoid. At some point everyone has to do it, but there is a way to make your clean windows last longer. Apply a thin layer of car wax after a deep clean to add an extra layer of protection.


14. Kitchen tiles
The same goes for the kitchen as in the bathroom: The tiles are hard to keep free of oil and water spots. A layer of car wax causes dirt to bead up and roll away in no time. Your kitchen will stay squeaky clean for weeks.

15. Deck of cards
Have you heard about car wax and playing cards? A pretty crazy combination, but a brilliant one: If you have an old deck of cards that stick together, rub car wax on them to make them shiny and smooth once again!


It's amazing how car wax can be used! Try using these helpful tips, and see for yourself! 







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