For years, Bruce Lubin and his wife Jenny collected tips to save time and money, published on their whoknewtips.com website and their Who Knew? book. Here are some good ones for your car:
- After washing your car, give it a rinse with hair conditioner. According to the Lubins, “applying conditioner, leaving for five minutes, and then rinsing it off will give your car a just-waxed shine. As an added bonus, it will more effectively repel water!”
- Corroded battery terminals could prevent your car from starting. Lubin’s cure: “You can pour a can of cola over the battery terminals; let it sit for a half hour, then wipe clean.” Other alternatives are applications of petroleum jelly, or “a thick paste of baking soda and water. Let it stand for 10–15 minutes before washing it off.”
- “If your car’s floor mats need to be replaced, consider going to a carpet store and finding some samples to use instead.” Just make sure they won’t jam your gas pedal …
- “If your windshield wipers are smearing the windshield, you don’t necessarily have to buy new ones: they might just be dirty. Wipe the blades with some rubbing alcohol.”
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