Cut through that built up grime and dirt and get your car sparkling with these easy do-it-yourself car wash solutions.Prepare in advance for your next few car washes by making your own condensed cleaner base. Pour ¼ cup baking soda into a gallon (4 litres) bucket/jug, then add ¼ cup dishwashing liquid and enough water to fill it almost to the top.
Put Those Baby Wipes to Use
Want more car wash tricks? Clean your windshield and car windows by rubbing them with baby wipes stored in your glove compartment. What could be easier?
Clean Dirty Windshields 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.
Discover This Surprising No-Wax Washer
Add 1 cup kerosene to a 3-gallon (12 litre) pail filled with water and then sponge the solution over your car. You won’t have to spray the car before washing or rinse or wax it once you’re done. And the next time it rains, rainwater will bead up and roll off the car, lessening the likelihood of rusting.
Try Hair Conditioner for Shine
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.
Wash Your Windows with Ammonia
Add 60ml household ammonia to 1 litre water, pour it into a plastic bottle with a watertight cap and keep it in your car for washing the windscreen and windows. As soon as your windscreen begins to get dirty, take out the solution and apply it with a sponge; then dry the windscreen with a soft cloth or paper towels.