Toothpaste hack – but make it cars – SUBHEAD
A flashlight, proof of insurance, an emergency pair of sunnies – amongst the things you already stash in your glove compartment there’s one item you might want to move down from your bathroom cabinet for your next A to B – your toothpaste.
This isn’t about freshening your breath in transit – there are laws against that kind of thing – it’s actually about repelling water and keeping your mirrors clean and clear when it’s pouring down.
You can watch the fresh hack below:
The tip shared by viral tester and content creator @andrelifehack was shared to TikTok in April and has amassed a massive 31.7 million views and 241.1K saves.
The suggestion that’s gained all this love is simple: simply place a pea-sized amount in the centre of the mirror, buff in and smear outwards with your finger, then wipe away (crucially).
When water is then spritzed onto the treated section of the wing mirror it glides off like from the proverbial duck’s back.
Cheap. Quick. Effective. Now that is a tip that’s sure to get you smiling.
In true TikTok style, 2305 comments flooded in to give their take on the lifestyle tip.
Some were a little too enthusiastic with one. saying: “Oh no – I’m doing my whole windshield, LOL.”
Others shared their own hacks for their own thing: “Vertical cross-section potatoes keep windows rain resistant.”
Some took the toothpaste tip back to their bathroom: “I do the toothpaste thing on my bathroom mirror for when I’m shaving: game changer, haha!”
A few said that toothpaste wasn’t the only thing that works: “Toothpaste, shampoo, soap – they all do the trick.”
A spokesperson from Pleasanton Glass agreed, explaining to House Digest that toothpaste, shaving cream, laundry detergent, soap and other surfactants’won’t allow particles of water condensation to form.’
“Because those particles can’t cling to the mirror, fog doesn’t build up.”
But, as with all hacks, you should proceed with caution as ‘toothpaste residue can cause your mirrors to end up a little cloudy, and anything with some grit in it might mark up the glass’.