I wouldn't be surprised to learn there's an old can of car wax hanging out in your garage or basement. Now would be the time to find it, dust it off and hope it's not all dried out. I promise that by the time you finish reading, you're going to be clamoring to put these tips to work. Prepare to be amazed.
MIRRORS. There's nothing like a nice hot shower to steam up bathroom mirrors. Car wax is the secret to make them fog-free. Apply a small amount to the entire mirror and allow it to dry. Buff it away with a soft, dry cloth.
TUB AND SINK FIXTURES. No matter how water-spotted and dull your faucets and fixtures are, car wax will make them look like new — and help them stay that way. Rub a small bit of car wax into all of that metal and allow it to dry for a few minutes. Now polish it away with a soft, dry cloth. The wax will prevent new water spots and keep those fixtures sparkling.
TOOL CARE. Say goodbye to rust on garden, garage and auto tools when you apply a coat of car wax to all of the metal parts. Make sure you rub a little wax into the hinges and moving parts to keep them from jamming and sticking.
OUTDOOR GRILL. Apply a good coat of car wax to the outside of the grill to make it shine, repel water marks and make it much easier to clean in the future. Make sure the grill is not in the hot sun when you do this.
SHINY TABLETOPS. Apply car wax to your plastic, laminate and Formica tabletops. Wipe it on, then wipe it off to a beautiful shine!
PATIO FURNITURE PROTECTOR. Whether yours is metal, plastic or molded vinyl, apply car wax in the same way you would wax your car to protect against rust, add shine and repel water marks.
RUSTY RINGS. You know how cans of shaving cream, hairspray and other aerosol products can leave a rust ring when left in the shower, bath, garage or even the patio? Remove the rust easily with, you guessed it, car wax.
WHITE RINGS. Someone forgot to use a coaster, and their drink left a white ring on your beautiful furniture? No worries. Hit it with car wax. Rub it in with your finger until the ring disappears. Let it dry, and then buff it away.
STICKY DRAWERS. And closet doors and windows, too. Rub a dab of car wax onto the tracks of those drawers, doors and sliding windows. Who knew that would make them move more easily? Now you know.
BACKSPLASH. If you apply car wax to the areas behind your stove and sink, grease and gunk will wipe off easily. Your kitchen will sparkle, too.
PREVENT CORROSION. Wherever you see it — on the mailbox, door and window frames, outdoor light fixtures, garage door mechanisms — clean the rust away with car wax. You'll automatically prevent further corrosion from weather and water damage.
GRANITE AND MARBLE. Apply a coat of car wax to granite and marble countertops to fill in fine scratches and restore the glossy finish and shine.
SNOW SHOVEL. Apply two coats of car wax to your snow shovel before you begin to clear the driveway and sidewalk. The snow will not stick, allowing you to glide through the task.
That's only a start for all the ways you can use car wax around the house. As for which car wax works best? I prefer Meguiar's Cleaner Wax because it cleans, polishes and leaves a beautiful finish — all in one step. Turtle Super Hard Shell Paste Wax is a fine choice, too, just know that you'll need to clean the surface before applying the car wax.
Mary invites questions, comments and tips at [email protected], or c/o Everyday Cheapskate, 12340 Seal Beach Blvd., Suite B-416, Seal Beach, CA 90740. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of www.DebtProofLiving.com, a personal finance member website and the author of "Debt-Proof Living," released in 2014. To find out more about Mary and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.