Car-care product guidelines will tell you how to get road tar, bird droppings, brake pad dust and other automotive-related gunk off your vehicle. But for the things we spill, the food our kids smear, and annoying pet by-products, some of the best sources for removal are adaptations on simple household tips.
Here’s how to get out of a Sticky Situation
One of the more ridiculous messes is chewing gum on windshields. Yes, there have been such documented cases. The gum molecules seem to bond permanently with the glass, especially on a hot day. And, face it, if a kid is going to see how far his gum will go, it's going to be on a hot day.
A simple remedy is to rub ice cubes across the gum smudge that remains after you manage to remove what you can by hand. The gum hardens and can be chipped off the window with a razor blade, much like cleaning up windows after a paint job. For more conventional window problems, such as filming on the interior glass surfaces, try water mixed with white vinegar.