Is potato juice a thing

The 1 thing you need to keep a windshield from fogging up

While your neighbors run to the nearest hardware store in anticipation of the next winter storm, rest! They already have items in your house to get you and your car through. Don't believe us look at this:

Simple hacks to keep your car safe from winter drifts

Feb.02.2018 1:45 pm

We caught up with Bolt On Technology auto expert, John Burkhauser, to learn how everyday items hidden in your pantry and medicine cabinet can help you weather the next storm. All of these hacks are expert-approved, and while some require a bit of foresight (keeping your forecast and preparing the car the night before) we can guarantee that you will be on your way in the morning much more quickly.

Use science, not muscle, to de-ice, scrape, rip and discolor in less time than you can say, "Bomb Cyclone".

How to quickly de-ice a windshield

We all know the pain it can be to scratch your windshield on a cold and frosty morning. We resorted to credit cards, keys and even bare nails when a spatula was unexpectedly missing.

Well, this trick could change your tomorrow forever. The secret? Rubbing alcohol!

Mix ⅓ water and ⅔ isopropyl alcohol or rub the alcohol together in a spray bottle. Spray the solution directly on the front and rear windshields and watch the ice melt instantly.

"Because alcohol has a very low freezing point, it dissolves the ice and melts," explains Burkhauser. "This mixture will never freeze, so you can keep it in your car all season long on cold mornings."

When this method was first revealed in a video by WATE 6 Weatherman Ken Weathers, some commentators raised concerns that the alcohol could ruin the paint on the car. Burkhauser assured TODAY Home that if you wash and / or wax your car when recommended by your manufacturer, you shouldn't have any problems with most things that come into contact with the paintwork.

And while we're on the subject, never ever throwing hot water on a windshield; You can actually break the glass!

How to prevent ice formation overnight

With a little foresight, you can avoid scratching everyone together! If there is a cold print, go to your potato pantry. Cut the spud in half and rub the cut end directly onto the glass or windshield. The sugar in the potato keeps water and ice from sticking, and there is science to support that too.

"Potato juice, a by-product of vodka distillation, was used on the snow-covered mountain roads of Tennessee," says Burkhauser.

Cut the potato into slices to access the juice while moving around the car. One potato should be enough to cover the glass around the entire vehicle. It may leave a film, but it is easily cleaned with washer fluid and a couple of wipes on your wipers on the front and back windshields.

Some even use potato juice, beet juice, and brine on the bottom to avoid the chemicals in rock salt.

How to open a frozen lock

Can't you get your key in the lock Look through your hand sanitizer bag. The alcohol content also lowers the freezing point of water and melts the ice in the lock. Put a few drops on the key and carefully work in the gel.

Do it slowly, urges Burkhauser. "You will have to slide the key in and out and then slowly turn it sideways to distribute the alcohol in the lock."

Once the ice has melted enough, you can open the lock with no force. Patience is the key folks!

How to keep doors from sticking

"The reason your car door sticks is because water builds up on the rubber seal that sits on the door," says Burkhauser. The stagnant water will freeze overnight, but you can avoid this by lubricating the channel so the water slides down the gum.

On an especially cold night, simply spray cooking oil on the rubber seal around the door frame and wipe off any excess material with a paper towel.

While you're at it, spray the oil on the shovel of your shovel if you need to dig too. It will help the snow slide off instantly, making the tedious job a little easier to do.

How to keep the windshield from fogging up

Car windows mist up when moisture condenses on the glass and dangerous nuances emerge when driving. Keep your look crystal clear with shaving cream!

The detergents and soaps in the shaving cream create an invisible but protective barrier on the surface of the glass that prevents it from fogging up in the first place.

Spray shaving cream on a paper towel or rag and apply directly to the windshield. Let it sit for at least 1-2 minutes. Then sand with a clean towel until the glass is clear and transparent.

This trick even works with foggy prescription glasses, sunglasses, and bathroom mirrors!