Monday, January 17, 2011

Got Vinegar?

Helpful Hints For Winter

*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. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which raises the melting point of water---preventing water from freezing! *

*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. *

*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!*

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

*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! *

*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. *



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22 comments:

  1. great tips! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Awesome tips! The car door one will come in handy. My hubby's car freezes shut all the time!! Crack out the Pam!

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  3. What interesting tips! Sure can use those up here in the North Country!

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  4. Love these! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  5. Love these - have been plagued by iced up car door recently so will try the cooking spray technique for myself. I've written about the power of vinegar ages ago on my own post. Mine wasn't a seasonal tip but one which has year round relevance for parents of small boys.

    http://lovelygreyday.blogspot.com/2010/03/vinegar-new-cilit-bang.html

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  6. awesome. thanks 4 the great tips! new follower here :)

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  7. Thanks so much for the tips!

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  8. Great tips, thanks for sharing! I will have to try some of these...

    -Rochelle

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  9. Never want to use shaving cream on me or my hubby again. Ew! But great for the car!

    Love the tip about the rubbing alcohol on the wipers. Must-try.

    We love all these sorts of tips over at Canadian WAHM. We'd love you to stop by!
    http://www.facebook.com/CanadianWAHM

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  10. is the vinegar bad for the paint on your car (like when the ice melts and whatnot)?

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    1. Yes. Bad for windshield too. It is an acid. Will etch your windshield and clear coat. Do not do this. Ask your local glass man.

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  11. I've never tried any of these but the cooking spray on the door seals sounds like a great idea as it should keep out the water.

    Alcohol on the wiper blades is another good idea.

    As for the "ice-proofing" vinegar remedy claims, I'm skeptical from a chemistry standpoint. Adding vinegar to water will actually LOWER the melting point (ie. the freezing point), which is what I'm sure they meant here, but vinegar will still freeze at about 28 degrees F, so if it's getting down much below 30 this probably won't work.

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    1. Vinegar keeps the glass from fogging, no moisture on the window to freeze. I use vinegar year round to wash my car Windows, they never fog up over night, and I very rarely have to scrape ice.

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    2. I haven't tried to vinegar myself, but if you are skeptical about it, you could try putting a towel on the windshield. I've been doing that for years, and love it! Just put a towel on at night (if it's a windy night, you can tuck a couple corners under the wiper blades) and by morning, you won't have to scrape. Your towel will soak up the moisture!

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    3. Do not use vinegar unless u wanna replace your glass
      Vinegar is an acid. Yes it will work but will etch your windshield. Windshield is a laminate.not glass. Whoever does this will eventually support the local Glassman because their vindows will become cloudy in the spring. Don't do it.

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  12. So Jack. would you recommend hard liquor instead? I like the way you think, mate.

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  13. Our windshield wipers are so squeaky! Thank you for the idea!!

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  14. Great Tips, i will be sure to share them with my friends and family here in Moscow ;)

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  15. Excellent tips...There are various eco friendly products which are very useful for everyone like vinegar and salt for a superior facade cleaner, start cleaning with mixture of 1 part of vinegar with water and spray it on the stain area..Vinegar is one of the very effective stain remover..

    flood cleanup restoration

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  16. Use toothpaste to clean a dulled headlight , brush it on and rinse!

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