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How to Save Water When Washing a Car

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The idea of a waterless or a close-to-no water car wash seems impossible.

Yet, it is possible to wash a car and be eco-friendly simultaneously. In fact, there are two ways to clean a car with a water-conserving approach.


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According to YourMechanic.com writer Cheryl Knight, the first option for a waterless car wash is to use a bottle of waterless car wash cleaner to cleanse and microfiber towels to dry. Knight advises spraying the waterless car wash cleaner on one section of the car at a time, working down from the top of the vehicle.  Or, apply the cleaner onto the towel instead of the vehicle before wiping down the car.

To prevent any debris the towel picks up from scratching the car, fold and refold the towel to expose a clean section of the towel before continuing the “car wash,” according to Knight; once each section of car has been tended to, use a fresh microfiber towel to do a final once over of the vehicle to remove lingering dust, debris or dirt.


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The second eco-friendly car wash follows the steps and supplies of a traditional car wash, but just with less water, according to Knight. Supplies include detergent, a big and small bucket, sponge or car washing mitt, soft-bristled brush, a watering can, and microfiber towels. To perform this less-water car wash, Knight suggests these steps:

  • Fill the large bucket with water and use that water to top off the small bucket.
  • Use water from the small bucket to saturate the car washing mitt or sponge and clean, from the top down, the car’s exterior.
  • Now that the dirt and dust have been cleaned off the car, rinse the vehicle with the water from the large bucket.
  • Add one to two teaspoons of soap to the small bucket, refill the large bucket and then transfer some of the water from the large bucket into the small bucket to make an adequately sudsy solution.
  • Submerge the sponge or car washing mitt into the small bucket and apply the bubbles to the car’s exterior.
  • Once the car is covered with soap, rinse out the sponge, use a watering can to contain any remaining water from the small bucket as well as the water left in the large bucket to rinse away any soap residue.
  • Wipe the car dry with a microfiber towel.

By using either of these methods, car owners can successfully save water and their vehicle from corrosion caused by dirt, debris, road salt and dust.

News Source: YourMechanic