Simple Cleaning Hack

I am a normal person, maybe except for the part where I write a cleaning blog and enjoy it, and I love quick clean-ups as much as the next person. Today I have an simple cleaning hack for 2-minute clean-ups. I tried out this cleaning hack out on Friday so I would have a good bit of judgement of how well it works. My goodness does it work well to clean up easily and give a fantastic shine. Are you ready?

Simple Cleaning Hack

Easy Cleaning Hack

Yes, that is car wax and it is an amazing cleaning hack. I bought this car wax a while ago and hid it in my laundry room so I promptly forgot about it until last Friday. So Angela, how is car wax an amazing cleaning hack? Well, you apply it to something like your stove, or sink and it helps create a liquid-proof barrier that repels, well, liquid and the stains that comes with liquid. Even if you leave food overnight, it still comes up easily. Here’s how you apply the car wax:

First Clean the Surface

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Use your favorite cleaning solution, vinegar and water, Clorox wipes, soap and water, whatever floats your boat, to remove food and debris. Let the surface dry or buff with a soft cloth.

Then Apply a Light Coat of Wax

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The instructions on the wax stated to wet the sponge and apply in a light coat, and I strongly recommend following the instructions. Why? Because they might actually know what they are talking about and when you try to remove a heavy coat of wax, it’ll take you twice as long.

Remove Wax with a Terry Cloth

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Let the wax dry into a haze before removing with a terry cloth. The wax goes on wet and hard to see and dries hazy and easy to see. Once the excess wax is removed, you’re left with a super shiny surface.

You can apply the wax to just about any surface except for vinyl, wood, or flat paint. I do not recommend applying the wax to a glass cooktop as it may cause damage when heated up to an extreme temperature.

So how does this cleaning hack hold up to something like tomato bisque?

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With a little soap and water sitting for just a minute, the mess wipes right up.


And you still get a great shine!

So how does it hold up in a stainless steel sink?

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Left side is waxed, right is untreated


Well after a weekend and heavy use, some of the wax has worn away in the base of the sink but the faucet and top part of the sink still look great. I’d recommend a few coats of wax if you really want to keep water stains out of your sink.

I’m in love with the cleaning hack because it cuts down on my cleaning time, so don’t mind me as I quickly run to put this on all of my bathroom faucets (to repel water and prevent build up). One quick note, I would recommend cleaning most surface with water and soap so it doesn’t remove the wax as quickly.

Happy Cleaning!

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25 Responses to Simple Cleaning Hack for 2-Minute Clean-ups

  1. don whitney says:

    I been doing this for years. Great idea that works

  2. kentuckylady717 says:

    That’s a lot of work for the sink, when all you have to do is clean them with dawn dish detergent and rinse and then spray a vinegar/water solution to it and dry it and it shines……I do this every morn. after I get my breakfast dishes washed……
    I may try it your way and see if I still have to clean it every day tho…

    • Angela says:

      Actually applying the wax doesn’t take much longer than it would to do a deep clean. It might be worth it for those who have very hard water as applying vinegar every day can get a little tedious. 🙂

  3. Chriss says:

    We waxed our shower and tub walls when we first moved into our new house more than 20 years ago. I reapply every 3-5 years. It keeps the soap scum and hard water from building up.

  4. Jason says:

    Nice hack! I’ll show this to my wife (the kitchen is her business). I bet she’ll assign this task to one of the girls, since it’s easy and straightforward. Thank you!

  5. Cissy says:

    what is a good cleaner for glass cooktops. You cannot wax the burners on a glass top can you?

  6. linda says:

    can it be used on glass top cook stoves

  7. JT says:

    Years ago I used Pledge on an anthracite (black) sink and it worked wonders although not for very long – this sounds better

  8. Angela says:

    Amazing! My husband has a lot of car wax because he take cares of his car every single week. Now I know that we both could use his car wax!Thanks a lot!

  9. Jeulia says:

    You can also use Rain-X to cut the water spots in sink and on faucets

  10. Elite says:

    This is brilliant! I would have never thought to use this to keep the stove clean and resistant. It sure beats scrubbing after cooking a big meal. I wonder what else car wax can help to keep clean.

  11. Lee Rogers says:

    Car wax is also great when applied to the painted washer and dryer. It will maintain the ‘new’ look and easy to dust. I have NOT put it on stainless steel. The carnuda wax is perfect for pained furniture surfaces. Apply as many coats that it takes for a soft cloth to just slide off. To apply and buff will require some elbo-grease, but, will last for months later

  12. Martin says:

    Wow I never knew you could use the car wax like that! Well I have to say thank you for that. I have so much of it for my car I might just use it all up now.

  13. maipelo says:

    I like it and I am going to try it. Thank you!!

  14. miniwick says:

    really easy cleaning tips when you want clean the house within minutes. really helpful that way you put it out angela. following your blog for more such useful tips.

  15. Doris says:

    ooH yess You’ve given a great idea I will definitely try this formula!

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