Yes, you may know how to operate your vehicle. You may haven’t even read your car’s manual, but you do know how to work the wipers, AC, the radio, as well as the hazard lights! Hopefully, you also know how to change your vehicle’s tires.
However, what you don’t seem to realize is that all you need are these simple yet totally life-changing car hacks, which we’re certain that you wouldn’t find on any car manual.
We got you covered in every minor to major annoyances; you can be certain that these tips will make your life easier. Try to see if you have done anything on this list before.
Fixing A Dent With Hot Water & A Plunge
Does your car have a ding on the side? Don’t be concerned! We’ve got your back! Dents are fairly common, and contrary to popular belief, they are relatively simple to repair.
All you have to do is boil some water in a teapot or saucepan, pour it over the dent, and pull the plunger. If the car’s body isn’t badly damaged, the dent should pop right out; it won’t look as good as it did before, but it will be less noticeable.
Dirty Headlights And Toothpaste
Don’t rush to the nearest auto store for a special solution if your headlights are foggy! You might already have a solution to your problem at home.
Because toothpaste contains mild abrasives that clean enamel, it turns out that it works just as well on headlights as it does on teeth.
With a little toothpaste and elbow grease, your headlights can be as clear as day again! (As a side note, this might not always work.) If the inside is yellowing, you may want to consider replacing it.)
Opening Your Keyring With A Staple Remover
You don’t have to break your fingers trying to get a new set of keys onto your clumsy metal keyring. Simply separate the end pieces with a staple remover and slide them in! It’s so straightforward that we’re sure you’re wondering why you’ve never thought of it before.
Put A Shower Caddy In The Trunk
If you’re the type to plan ahead, you probably have oil, a funnel, a rag, a flashlight, and other emergency car supplies in your trunk.
Consider investing in a shower caddy to keep all of your important items organized and out of the way when you need them — and to keep everything else in the trunk clean.
Are you Tired of your Garage?
Your garage can be one of the reasons why your car has those scratches. Annoying, right? If we can make our garage larger to avoid bumps and scratches, we might have the perfect hack for you!
Of course, not all of us can afford fancy garages like rich people have. After all, you won’t be here if that’s the case. Let’s take this simple life hack for you!
Use Pool Noodles To Prevent Car Dings
When you get out of your garage, do you frequently hit the door on the side of your garage? Cutting a pool noodle in half and taping it to the wall where the door swings open is a simple solution (the scuff marks should make it easy enough to tell). Bolts or simple command strips can be used to secure it, but your car and the wall will be safe!
Aren’t you tired of all your trash lurking inside your car? Are trash bins too big for your car? We got you covered! Let’s not jump to the conclusion first, we will not let you buy small trash bins in the supermarket if you can just do this lifehack we have for you. See it for yourself!
Need A Trash Bin? Use Cereal Bins
We throw trash in our cars without thinking about it, but did you know that the smells from that trash can linger in your car for a long time if you’re not careful?
With a trash can, you won’t have that problem. One of those small cereal-holding plastic containers will suffice. Simply line it with a plastic bag to make a small, easily sealed trash can that keeps your car odor-free.
Reduce Glare With A Tinted Plastic Sheet
We’ve all been there: you’ve forgotten your sunglasses, the sun is setting, and you’re driving west. Your visor won’t be able to protect you at this angle, but there is something that can!
A simple tinted plastic sheet will stick to your car window with static and can be moved around as needed, ensuring that you never have to deal with the sun again!
Lessen Frost By Parking Your Car Facing East
This may appear to be a strange witchy trick, but it’s actually quite straightforward and logical. The sun’s rays will defrost your front windshield first if you park your car facing the sun in the morning.
If you leave for work after the sun rises, you’ll never have to wait for the defroster to warm up again!
Extend Your Key’s Range By Holding Them To Your Head
We know it sounds crazy, but it really works! Place your keys under your chin and press the button again if your keys don’t have much range; the fluids in your head will change the signal’s range slightly. Try it out for yourself if you don’t believe us!
Long Ride With A Messy Kid? MagnaDoodle Got You Covered
There are two obvious issues when taking a long car ride with a young child: they are messy and easily bored. Thankfully, having a MagnaDoodle in your toy collection can help with both of these problems.
They’re one of the most entertaining toys, for starters, because kids can draw and redraw without running out of (or dropping) materials. You may not realize it, but they can also be used as a tray table for kids to eat meals from without crumbs and spills all over the place.
Clean Your Wheels With Coke
You’ve probably heard the phrase “use Coke to clean this” a million times, but a mixture of cola and dish detergent will clean your rims and leave them gleaming. Some people worry that baking soda will just make things stickier, but the detergent you use prevents this.
You Can Use Pantyhose As A Fan Belt
First and foremost, if you have any other options when your fan belt breaks (such as calling for a tow), you should take advantage of them. Saving money isn’t worth risking your engine catching fire.
A pair of pantyhose can be used as a fan belt to get you to a gas station or an area with cell service where you can get help if you’re really stuck.
Use Nail Polish On Small Scratches
It’s usually not worth the money to have your car’s paint professionally repaired when it gets a small scratch or chip. Of course, the disadvantage is that your vehicle will be covered in unsightly scratches.
We’re sure you had no idea you could do it yourself! It only takes a smidgeon of nail polish. If the paint on your car is close enough to match, a little nail polish will hide the scratches well enough that no one will notice them unless they are looking for them.
De-Ice Your Keyholes With Hand Sanitizers
If you’ve ever had frozen car door locks, you know how difficult it can be to unfreeze them. The answer is hand sanitizer, which you may not have guessed.
Although pouring something into a broken lock may seem counterintuitive, the alcohol in the solution will melt the ice, allowing you to turn the lock. On your car, it’ll dissolve in the same way it does on your hands.
Keep Your Seats Buckled During Hot Weather
Trying to buckle your seat belt in the summer is a dangerous game. Your hands will be irritated by any metal part of your car that has been exposed to sunlight and heat.
But you can at least avoid the seat belt issue by buckling it in after exiting the vehicle and leaving it there until the next time you enter. If the sun can’t reach it, it can’t get hot enough to burn!
Use Over-The-Door Shoe Racks As Backseat Organizers
If you have kids, this one is especially useful: All of the backseat essentials, such as sippy cups, toys, chargers, and snacks, can be stored on a simple over-the-door shoe rack.
All of the pouches are easily accessible, and they’re much easier to spot than the pouches that come standard with some minivan seats.
Window Chips? Clear Nail Polish Could Help
Once more, the magic of nail polish is here to save the day! If a crack or chip appears in your windshield, it will almost certainly spread and crack further, making driving dangerous.
If you can’t afford to replace your windshield right now, a few drops of clear nail polish, applied like a run in a pair of stockings, should keep the crack from spreading until you can.
You Can Use Rubber Bands As Phone Holders
It’s extremely inconvenient when you need to look at your GPS but don’t have a co-pilot to hold it up for you or one of those windows or air vent holders to hold your phone (and potentially dangerous). Using a rubber band to achieve the same result is actually quite simple.
If you loop it through a couple of vents in your center console and around the top and bottom of your phone, the tension will keep it in place.
Easy Way To Cool Down A Hot Car
Have you ever had to stand outside in the summer to allow your suffocatingly hot car to cool down just enough for you to BREATHE once inside?
To expedite the process, roll down the passenger side window and open and close the driver’s side door quickly for a few seconds. This creates a fanning effect, allowing fresh air to enter while removing all of your vehicle’s hot, stale air.
Dryer Sheets As Air Freshener
Air fresheners that last only a few days, such as clip-on or over-the-mirror air fresheners, are a waste of money. A box of dryer sheets lasts much longer, is less noticeable, and absorbs odors effectively. They’re available in scented or unscented versions, and they’ll keep your car smelling fresh for months.
The Nanotech Car Scratch Remover Cloth
This isn’t so much a hack as it is a fantastic product that can save the day when it comes to the appearance of your vehicle.
Advanced nanotechnology is used in these Multipurpose Scratch Remover Clothes to remove car scratches and stains, restore vehicle color, and protect paint surfaces. Each cloth, according to the company, can be used 10 to 15 times.
If you’re not sure about their effectiveness, they also come with a one-year limited warranty. So you can try them out and get in touch with the company if you don’t like them.
Use Scented Wax Cubes As Air Fresheners
Aside from dryer sheets, there’s another DIY air freshener hack for your nose’s pleasure. Simply place a few scented wax cubes in a mason jar with some holes drilled in the lead. Place the jar in your car, and as the vehicle warms up, the wax will melt, filling the car with a pleasant aroma.
Check Your Tire’s State With A Penny
This next piece of advice may just save your life. Invert a penny and insert it into the treads of your tires. If President Lincoln’s head sinks halfway into the hole, you’re in good shape. If the tread on your tires doesn’t cover the president’s head, you’ll need new tires.
Keep Your Cup Holder Clean By Doing This
Pick up some silicone cupcake wrappers and stash them in your car’s cupholders. They’ll organize all of your loose change, and they’re easy to remove and clean, so your cup holders stay spotless. You’d be surprised at how effective this simple trick is at keeping things clean.
Save Space Using Carabiner Hooks
If you need to free up some space in your backseat, get some carabiner hooks and attach them to your headrests. They can be used to store bags, groceries, umbrellas, and other items. This will help you free up a lot more space than you think.
Use Muffin Pans As A Cupholder
Make sure you have a muffin pan and a basket on hand if you’re picking up a large fast-food order. What is the rationale behind this?
Because it creates a much larger and more durable soft drink holder. Make a mental note of this tip the next time you place a large order.
Make Grocery Shopping Easier With Laundry Baskets
When you go grocery shopping, put an empty laundry basket in the trunk. When you get home, you can fill the basket with bags, reduce the number of trips back and forth to the car, and make your grocery trips much more convenient!