Cars Tips

Genius car cleaning hacks from toothpaste to hair conditioner… and even VODKA

 Brits can save a fortune on car maintenance with these simple life hacks

THESE clever car hacks will save you a fortune on specialist car maintenance cleaning products.

And you don’t need an endless stream of instructions and hours of careful planning to get your motor looking its best.

According to experts at The Car People there are several everyday items that can keep your car in tip-top shape.

Toothpaste, WD40, hair conditioner – and even vodka could be the answer to your motoring woes.

They’ll help remove ugly stains from your paintwork and even clean your headlights.

Here’s what you need and how to save time and money.

 Toothpaste can work wonders on your headlights

Toothpaste can work wonders on your headlights


Headlight casings can get mucky and clouded over time blocking the effectiveness of your lights.

While headlight restorer kits can be purchased, toothpaste can work wonders, too.

Simply apply some toothpaste to a cloth and scrub the outside of the light, then rinse and wipe to see instant results.

Hair conditioner

Hair conditioner doesn’t just keep your luscious locks silky smooth – it works a dream on your bodywork, too.

Rinse your car with water and soap and then once the car is completely clean, fill a bucket with 500ml of water and mix with 125ml of hair conditioner – any budget brand will do.

Then use a clean cloth to smooth over your car and then rinse off. You’ll be left with sparkling bodywork, looking as good as new. Quicker and easier than waxing.

 A bottle of vodka can help stop your screenwash from freezing - just don't drink-drive

A bottle of vodka can help stop your screenwash from freezing – just don’t drink-drive


WD40 can fix your door hinges but also works just as well at removing difficult stains from both your car’s interior and exterior.

The miracle spray is even effective at removing bumper stickers and chewing gum – all without damaging your paintwork.


Not really much of a problem in summer but if temperatures drop you could find your screen wash frozen.

But all it takes is three cups of vodka, four cups of water and two teaspoons of washing up liquid. Shake well and pour into your reservoir.

Don’t splash out on premium spirits, though, the cheap stuff is just as good.

Jonathan Allbones, director at The Car People, said: “Many people struggle to find time to clean their cars, often leaving it until it becomes a big job or the car is in disrepair, which is why maintaining a good level of cleanliness is much easier.

“By following these simple tips, keeping your vehicle clean should be require much less time yet leave you with far better results.”


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