10 Reasons Car Wax is Your New Best Friend at Home

published Sep 3, 2014
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Car wax is designed to fill in scratches, protect paint jobs, and leave a slick shine on metal finishes. Why limit its use to automobiles? Turns out that the substance is good for all types of things at home. Pick up a jar and start using it throughout the house. Here are ten ways you might not know about…

You can buy car wax in either paste or liquid form. Applying the wax requires just elbow grease and a clean, dry cloth. Work the wax into the surface, let it dry, then buff it off with the cloth. Repeat after me: “wax on, wax off.”

  1. Repel Dirt & Dust: Coat your dustpan with some car wax and watch particles slide right off into the trash bin. If you have the patience, you can also do the same with other dust magnets — like window blinds — and keep them clean longer.
  2. Hide Scratches: If you find your appliances marred by scratches, try rubbing in some wax to make them disappear. This also works for CDs (if you still own them).
  3. Ban Fingerprints: Stainless steel has its benefits, but annoying prints are definitely in the “cons” column. Wipe a little wax on your fridge and stove, and see it resist everyday smears from dirty fingertips.
  4. Shine Your Fixtures: Similarly, a little car wax makes your bathroom and kitchen faucets look bright and new again.
  5. Lubricate Your Tools: Apply a coat of wax onto the hinges of metal tools — like scissors or gardening shears — and they’ll function much better.
  6. Protect Exposed Metals: Mailboxes, door knockers, and outdoor light fixtures are all subject to tarnishing and/or corrosion. You can fend off the elements by treating them with car wax.
  7. Fight Mildew: Add a protective barrier by wiping down shower doors (or things like patio furniture) with a little wax. It’ll reduce both soap scum and mold.
  8. Ease Sticky Drawers: If you have a dresser that’s giving you trouble, try rubbing some wax along the tracks to help it open and close easier. It also works on windows.
  9. Defog Mirrors: A thin application of wax prevents bathroom mirrors from fogging up.
  10. Resist Sticky Residue: You are dying to announce to the world that you support Hilary Clinton for President, but don’t want to mar your beautiful new car with a bumper sticker. Apply a layer of wax before you stick it on, and make for easy peeling when you go to sell it later.