Drivers just discovering two household kitchens items can repel rain water from their car’s windscreen | The Sun

Drivers are just realising that two household items can repel rain from their windshields.

The team at Autodoc posted a video to their YouTube channel explaining how you can keep your view clear as the weather turns wet.

In the clip, one of their technicians showed viewers how to make a DIY rain repellant using a pair of everyday items.

All you need is a spray bottle and some fabric conditioner, as well as about 250ml of water.

Add about a capful of the conditioner into the bottle before mixing well with the water.

You can adjust the concentration by adding more or less of either.



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Just make sure the end product is a cloudy but fluid solution so it can be easily sprayed but isn't too weak.

Spray that along the windscreen and it should prevent rain from streaking down the glass and obscuring your view.

The motors whizz demonstrated its effectiveness by apply the protective coating to half of the pane and then washing the windscreen down with a pressure sprayer.

The test showed that the simulated rain clung to the glass on the untreated half, while running easily off the other.

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I’m a car expert – common item that costs 14p can reduce condensation

In the video caption, Autodoc wrote: "For protection against bad weather… use rain repellent.

"It forms a protective film on car windows which effectively repels water."

However, others were less convinced, with some users complaining that the hack had made their windscreen hazy.

If this happens, you have likely not added enough water to the initial mixture so wash it off and adjust the formula.

Likewise, the technician warned that the solution has a "short-lived effect" and needs to be reapplied after a car wash or heavy rain.

Nonetheless, it remains cheaper than the specialist sprays available online.

Spray bottles can be picked up for as little as 46p while fabric softener is only about £1.50 from Sainsbury's.

That's compared to purpose-made products which sell for about £5, making the DIY mix ideal for beating the rain in a pinch.

It comes after the host of hit show Wheeler Dealers warned drivers never to keep their cars locked in a garage over the winter.

Meanwhile, it was announced that a bumper £8.3 billion saved by the cancellation of HS2 would be diverted into fixing up 5,000 miles of UK roads.

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