Saturday, August 18, 2012

Mission Organization: Week 33 - Removing the Bug Collection From My Car

I know it's back to school time and students in classrooms all over will be collecting insects for their science projects this fall. I've had my own little science project going - a bug collection - on the front of my car! I put a lot of miles on my car visiting family out of town, and I always come home with an amazing collection of insects attached to my ride.

These bugs are tightly attached, as in dead and dried.

I usually take my car through the automatic car wash, but for all its sudsing and wiping and blow drying, it just never removes all these dried up critters.

There are several commercial products available that are made to remove the bugs, but I have never had great success with the ones I have tried, and sometimes I do get tired of buying just one more product to clutter up the storage area.

In looking for a solution for a product to remove the bugs from my car, I didn't have to look far.

The answer was as close as the laundry room and as simple as a box of fabric softener dryer sheets. Sounds too easy and too good to be true, but believe me these things really work!

To get that infestation of bugs off my car, all I did was to wet the car, then put some warm water in a bucket. I wet the dryer sheet in the warm water and wiped the bugs.

This was after the first few swipes! The bugs came right off; it's the most amazing thing!

A few more wipes and the bugs are gone!

I used 3 sheets to clean the bugs off this part of the car, and there were LOTS of bugs! I don't know exactly how it works, but I'm guessing it's the fabric softener that does the trick. All I'm sure of is that I no longer have a bug collection on the front of my car, and it was super easy!


  1. that's awesome!! makes me want to go wash my car right now!

  2. That's amazing!! I gotta try this.

  3. I know!!! AMAZING... I was sent an email with all the jobs that BOUNCE will make easier. We can only buy Bounce at Costco in Melbourne or Sydney which I did when lucky enough to get to the Melbourne store. I did the bugs then tried it on the shower instead of Shower Power. Worked very well but not on the grouting on the floor tiles in the shower. Nothing is safe from it now!!!

  4. Thanks Anita for the tip.......I educated Mr. Dick He says good job Anita..........He will remember that little trick! Andi

  5. WOW! I did not know this...cant wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Anita, my hubby uses them on his motorcycle windshield too!

  7. What a great tip! LOVE dryer sheets! Thanks for bringing this super tip to TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

  8. This is making me want to go see if I have bugs on the front of my car just so I can go try it

  9. This is making me want to go see if I have bugs on the front of my car just so I can go try it