Chances are good that 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. Of course, car wax is good for waxing a car, but it’s handy in so many other ways around the house that really are quite amazing.
Car wax, whether paste or liquid, is formulated to fill scratches and give a high shine to nonporous surfaces like glass or metal and leave them resistant to smudges and stains.
As for which car wax works best, I prefer Meguiar’s Cleaner Wax paired with a good microfiber cloth 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 first, then apply the car wax.
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, allow it to dry then buff it away with a clean rag or microfiber cloth.
Granite and marble
Apply a coat of wax to granite and marble countertops to fill in fine scratches and restore the glossy finish and shine.
No matter how water spotted and dull your tub, shower, and sink faucets are, car wax will make them look like new—and help them stay that way. Rub a small bit of auto wax into all of that metal and allow it to dry for a few minutes. Now just polish it away with a soft dry cloth. The wax will prevent new water spots and keep those fixtures sparkling*.
After using your regular cleanser, apply a layer of car wax to the inside and outside of a shower door and buff off with a dry cloth to discourage mildew growth and hard watermarks.
Tired of smudges and fingerprints all over your beautiful appliances? Apply a thin coat of car wax to your stainless steel refrigerator, dishwasher, stove. Wait a few minutes then buff clean. That surface will resist fingerprints and smudges.
Say goodbye forever 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.
Apply a good coat of car wax to the outside of the grill to make it shine, repel watermarks and make it so much easier to clean in the future. Make sure the grill is NOT on and not in the hot sun when you do this.
Apply car wax to your plastic, laminate, and Formica tabletops and counters. Wipe it on, wipe it off to a beautiful shine!
Whether your outdoor furniture 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 watermarks.
Rings of rust
You know how cans of shave cream, hairspray, and other aerosol products can leave a rust ring in the shower, bath, garage or even the patio? Remove the rust easily with—you guessed it—car wax.
Someone forgot to use a coaster and that drink left a white ring on your beautiful furniture! No worries. Hit it with wax. Rub it in with your finger until the ring disappears. Let it dry then buff it away.
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.
If you apply auto wax to the areas behind your stove and sink, grease and gunk will wipe off easily. Your kitchen will sparkle, too. Apply, wait a few minutes then buff it clean. Now with a coat of car wax, the backsplash area will be so easy to wipe clean every time you clean that area.
Stove drip pans
This will work equally well on drip pans. Be sure they are clean and then apply the wax and buff off.
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, too.
Apply two coats of car wax to your snow shovel (or the inside of the chute if you use a snowblower) before you begin to clear the driveway and sidewalk. The snow will not stick, and that means you’ll glide through the task.
*CAUTION: Car wax can leave a beautiful surface that is also slick. For this reason, DO NOT use car wax on the floor of anything—kitchen, porch, patio, tub, or shower. Doing so will create a slip-and-fall hazard that could be very dangerous.
Original published 10-29-15; Updated 7-11-23
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