Most of us don't wash our cars as often as we should for optimum care of the paint and finish. Even if we do wash our cars on a regular basis, we neglect the all-important step of adding a coat of polish. Polishing your car helps the paint and finish do their job--keep your vehicle from developing rust--by removing the tiny abrasives and dirt that just washing can leave behind.
You can make your own car polish at home, saving money and an extra trip to the store.
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Things you need
- Bar of hand soap
- 1/2 cup water
- 14.2gr Beeswax
- 1/2 cup jojoba oil
- Double boiler
- Hand mixer
- Plastic sealable container
Prepare the base. Grate the bar of handsoap until you have 1/2 cup of soap flakes. Mix the soap flakes with 1/2 cup of water in the bowl and allow to sit overnight. This will dissolve the soap.
Melt the beeswax. Combine 14.2gr of beeswax and 1/2 cup jojoba oil in the top of a double boiler and cook over medium heat until the beeswax melts. Remove from the heat.
Mix the polish. Add the melted soap flakes to the beeswax/jojoba mixture and blend with a hand mixer until creamy.
Polish your car. Apply creamy mixture to your car with a soft cloth as you would any other car polish and buff to a shine with a soft, dry cloth. Store any leftovers in a sealed, airtight container.
Tips and warnings
- You should be able to find beeswax and jojoba oil at your local food cooperative.
- You can also find beeswax at beekeeper booths at your local farmer's market.
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