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15 Cheap and Easy Car Hacks You Don’t Want to Miss

15 Cheap and Easy Car Hacks You Don’t Want to Miss

There are a lot of car problems that can be solved with a little elbow grease and some ingenuity. Some places charge hundreds of dollars to fix relatively simple problems and people pay out way too much money to fix simple little problems. Here are some car hacks you can use to save yourself some money and make your car experience more enjoyable.

1. Use toothpaste to clean those headlights

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    This one is really easy but requires a little arm strength. Use some toothpaste and rub it all over the plastic cover over your headlights. Let it sit for a bit then rinse with clean water and dry. This will remove the foggy glaze that covers them. If you want to keep them that way, try using some furniture polish or car wax to keep them clean.

    2. Use a shoe for a cup holder

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      Pretty much all cars come with cup holders but not all cup holders are good. Sometimes you need something a little more secure to hold that 32oz drink than a flimsy piece of plastic or a cup holder that isn’t deep enough to hold it properly. The answer is a shoe! Use a tennis show to put your drink in. since the opening is adjustable it fits nearly every cup. It’s also deeper than many cup holders and the shoe itself is bottom-heavy to help prevent spills. This is also a great trick when you’re in the great outdoors and need a cup holder.

      3. Use a staple remover to add keys to the key ring

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        Getting keys onto a king ring can be a real pain in the rear end. If you don’t have nails it can be even worse. New key rings are also really stiff from not being used and some are just huge and cumbersome. Don’t break a nail or hurt yourself anymore! Use a staple remover to open the key ring to put keys on!

        4. Use your seat warmer to keep food warm

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          Not all cars come with seat warmers but the ones that do can be used for a really useful function. When you pick up food, turn on your seat warmer and put the food on the seat. It won’t keep food piping hot but it’ll definitely help slow the process of cooling so your food stays warmer longer.

          5. Use nail polish to fix paint chips and scrapes

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            Getting your car dinged sucks and it can also be an unreasonably expensive repair for how little damage is actually being fixed. If you don’t want to fork out the dough but still want it at least sort of fixed then you can always try some nail polish. Just head to the local drug store and find the color that matches your car as closely as possible. Then just paint it on. Up close it won’t look all that amazing but it’ll definitely make your car look better from afar.

            6. Use a plastic cereal container as a trash can

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              Those little trash receptacles on the driver and passenger side doors are a joke. You can never fit anything of substance in there and cleaning them out is a pain. Fix both problems at one by picking up a plastic cereal container. If you get one with a big enough hole you can stuff anything in there and you can even put a trash can liner in there so you can empty it out easier. They only cost a couple of bucks and can make your car look less like a dumpster.

              7. Use tinted plastic sheets for shade anywhere

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                A fun little trick that pilots use is to attach plastic sheets to their windshields to avoid glare from the sun. By using that same trick with some plastic sheets like these, you can achieve much the same effect. The sheets stick on your window using static from the windshield so there is no messy stickers or anything to clean up. When you need relief from sunlight to your face and the visor isn’t doing it’s job, you can always try this instead.

                8. Mesh bungie net can add extra storage

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                  Where do you toss your coat when you get into the car? There really isn’t a designated coat storage thing in a car anywhere so why not make one yourself? If you pick up a mesh bungie net you can attach them to the ceiling handles on your car. You can then use this space to stash practically anything from clothing accessories to children’s coloring books. That stuff doesn’t need to be on the floor of your car anyway and the nets are surprisingly cheap.

                  9. Park facing east

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                    This one can be a little tricky but it’s so awesome when you do it. When you park your car, make sure you park facing east. Since the sun rises in the east, it will be radiating its warm goodness all over the windshield of your car long before you need to get in it to go to work. This can dramatically decrease the defrosting time and it may even help you avoid getting back out to scrape it off manually.

                    10. Use a plunger to fix dents

                    This oldie is still a goodie. If you don’t feel like paying a mechanic to do essentially this exact same thing you can do it yourself. Do note that this won’t work for heavy damage and only for smaller dents. It’s also worth mentioning that this also works with other things like washers and dryers. It’s really easy to do because all you’re doing is taking a plunger to your car door!

                    11. Use hand sanitizer to de-ice key holes

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                      The title pretty much says it all. The alcohol in hand sanitizer will melt ice very well and getting a bottle lets you spray it directly into the keyhole for the lock. Many people carry this stuff around anyway and really you should too. It doesn’t just clean your hands in a jiff but it also de-ices keyholes. Two birds, one stone.

                      12. Boost the range of your remote alarm by holding it against your chin

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                        Yes, this really works. The science behind it is actually quite simple. Your head is filled with fluids and fluids make for a good conductor. So when you put your key fob against your skull you turn your head into an antenna that can extend the range of your alarm. It won’t be very far and you won’t get more than 20ft of range out of it but it does actually work.

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                        13. Rub out scuffs with toothpaste

                        Not only can tooth paste rub out the fog of your headlights but it can also remove scuffs from your car. It’s simple to do. Just rub the tooth paste where the scuffs are and wipe clean. Your car should be monumentally less scuffed or if the scuff wasn’t bad, possibly gone altogether!

                        14. Use a laundry basket to organize your things

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                          The trunk of your car is probably a mess. I know mine is. If you pick up a laundry basket you have a place to put all of your stuff so it does’t go flying everywhere. You can pick up one of these at the dollar store for a couple of bucks and you don’t have to worry about stuff being loose and rolling around your trunk!

                          15. Create a backseat organizer with a shoe organizer

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                            Our last one is a well known car hack but it’s still amazingly effective. If you pick up a shoe organizer and some shoe ties, you can fasten the shoe organizer to the back of your front seats. You can then put stuff like maps, coloring supplies for the kids, and even stuff like gloves.

                            Wrap up

                            There are a lot of fun things you can do to make your car more enjoyable. With these little car hacks you can save time, money, and make your car cleaner. It’ll even help keep you safer with those brighter headlights!

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                            Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                            100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                            100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                            Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                            By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                            Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                            83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                              84 write random letter

                                85 use a rubberband

                                  86 dorm smell bad

                                    87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                      89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                        90 take a picture of the name card

                                          91 iron inside out

                                            92 old newspaper

                                              93 tumble try shoes

                                                keep a card like this

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                                                    94 soap bar

                                                      95 make a hole

                                                        96 drop the battery

                                                          97 use a coozie

                                                            98 when taking a picture

                                                              use a clean dust pan

                                                                try a pants hanger

                                                                  use your cellphone light

                                                                    use a spring from an old pen

                                                                      quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                        user binder clips

                                                                          wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                            put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                              clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                  doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                    use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                      use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                        freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                          use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                            almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                              sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                  cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                    remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                      turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                        for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                          how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                            tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                              place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                  use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                    take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                      how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                        put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                          How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                            user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                              good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                  50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                    the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                      add one teaspoon of baking soda

                                                                                                                                        38

                                                                                                                                          hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                            stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                              the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                  the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                    use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                      to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                        user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                          a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                            rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                              use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                                50

                                                                                                                                                                  51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                    52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                      rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                        kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                          use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                            58

                                                                                                                                                                              59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                  hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                    Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                      hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                        use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                          if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                            keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                              If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                  use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                    use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                      do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                        when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                          dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                            put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                              75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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