Don’t you love summer road trips? They would be even better without the bug splats and bird doo on the windshield. Here’s what to do…

If you get bugs or bird doo splattered on your windshield, mix one tablespoon of liquid dish detergent with two cups of warm water and pour it across the top of the windshield. Then take a plastic-mesh onion (or potato) bag or a shower sponge (the kind with the plastic weave), and give the splats a going over. You can start with just wiping, then scrub harder if you need to. Finish the job by wiping the windshield with a clean cloth.

Alternative method: Panty hose have a nice, nonabrasive scrubby surface and might even work better than those mesh bags depending on your exact splat. Never throw out old pantyhose!

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