To take care of the condensation that builds up on the inside of car windows during the cold winter months, leave the air-conditioning on with the temperature in the heat position, and windows will clear like magic. Or carry an ordinary chalkboard eraser in the car. Simply erase the condensation away.

– Marty

Briskly scrub rust spots on car bumpers with a piece of crumpled aluminum foil, shiny side out. Also works well on the chrome shafts of golf clubs.

– Patricia

In winter weather carry a heavy bag of clay-based litter in your trunk, and the extra weight will help keep the vehicle stable. If you are stuck in snow or ice, clear the area around your drive wheels, pour litter in front of the tires in the direction you want to go, and then drive away slowly. Clay is handy for gaining traction—but it is heavy. Once the possibility of snow is past, remove the litter from your trunk in the interest of optimum gas mileage.

– Norm

When black rubber or plastic trim on your automobile fades or gets ugly white spots, apply black paste shoe polish. It will look like new again.


A bed sheet (flat or fitted) makes a great cover for the backseat. Tuck it in well and the upholstery will be protected from pets and kids. When it gets dirty just throw it in the laundry.