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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Winter Tips

Keep your headlights clear with car wax! Just wipe ordinary car wax on your headlights. It contains special water repellents that will prevent that messy mixture from accumulating on your lights - lasts 6 weeks.

Squeak-proof your wipers with rubbing alcohol! Wipe the wipers with a cloth saturated with rubbing alcohol or ammonia. This one trick can make badly streaking & squeaking wipers change to near perfect silence & clarity. (Note: One website said the alcohol will dry out the rubber.)

Ice-proof your windows with vinegar! Frost on it's way? Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water & spritz it on all your windows at night. In the morning, they'll be clear of icy mess. (Note: One website said the following - "Adding anything to water will affect the temperature at which it freezes. The vinegar that you buy at a grocery store is only about 5 percent vinegar and will freeze at 28 degrees F. As a result, vinegar will not greatly affect the freezing point of water.") Also, I think you wouldn't want to get this on the paint finish of your car.

Prevent car doors from freezing shut with cooking spray! Spritz cooking oil on the rubber seals around car doors & rub it in with a paper towel. The cooking spray prevents water from melting into the rubber.

Fog-proof your windshield with shaving cream! Spray some shaving cream on the inside of your windshield & wipe if off with paper towels. Shaving cream has many of the same ingredients found in commercial defoggers.

De-ice your lock in seconds with hand sanitizer! Just put some hand sanitizer gel on the key & the lock & the problems solved!

Carry kitty litter in the car in case the vehicle gets stuck. Placing kitty litter under the stuck tires--which should have the snow cleared away to help free the car--will allow for better traction.

Do you have any other winter tips? Send them along and I'll add them to the posting.



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