How to Wash Your Car Without Water – No Hose Waterless Car Wash

Car dirt isn't always mud. At times it's just dust you can wipe off easily without having to visit a car wash. Therefore, we can all agree that a waterless car wash is the sort of life-saving hack every car owner needs under their sleeve.

This is especially if you; hail from areas with water restrictions, are too busy to visit a car wash or are just looking for that extra car glow. Well, you might have heard about a dry car wash, and today we will be evaluating why it might be a brilliant idea.

Basics of a Waterless Car Wash

Compared to the common car washing method, a waterless cash wash requires lesser effort and water to clean your car. However, you will need a microfiber towel and a bottle of waterless spray.

There are two main types of waterless car wash sprays. A concentrated solution with instructions to dilute and a ready to use one. Also, depending on whether you prefer an organic or chemical-based waterless wash spray, you can always go for either. For extra benefits, however, you can choose to go for a wax-based spray for some extra shine or one with additional UV protection.

Now, we are looking to get your car glowing clean without leaving any marks or wearing off the paint. So, it is only fair to invest in a soft absorbent towel that drains the wetness. It should also be soft on the car paint and one that leaves a superficial glow. And there is no better towel than a microfiber one.

How Does a Waterless Car Wash Works

The waterless car wash is a top-notch lubricating liquid. It has the ability to capture and loosen dirt particles from the surface of the car. This way, you only need to wipe the car with a towel to achieve a clean and glowing car.

Effect of a Waterless Car Wash on the Environment

Let's do the math’s! On average any car uses an average of 70 gallons of water per wash. This means that at least four washes in a month see to the consumption of 70×4, i.e. 280 gallons of water per individual household monthly. It is no good to the ecosystem, especially considering that all this is clean, consumable water.

Well, if we are completely honest, there are few times that our cars need thorough washing from mud. Thus, we might as well adopt the waterless wash method and save our ecosystem by visiting the car wash only when need be. Don't you agree?

How to Wash Your Car Without Water

The first thing you need to understand is that you do not need to be an expert to pull off a waterless car wash. Anyone can do this comfortably at their homes provided they have the necessary requirements. That is a waterless car washing product and a light microfiber tower that can fold twice.

And just in case you are wondering whether you will need gloves or protective gear, the answer is no! The waterless wash is soft and protective to the car surface and is unlikely to harm your skin. However, to be sure you can always go for the organic-based waterless wash products.

It is simple:

  • Fold your microfiber towels into four so that you have 8 surfaces in total to flip on each towel.
  • Subdivide your car into sections; the roof, glass surfaces, front and rear bumper, the lower and upper half of the side doors, hood, trunk and the wheels.
  • To clean, spray the waterless wash on the car surface or the towel. Then wipe in a single direction sparingly without using much force.
  • Begin with the roof as you go down to the upper front and side bits of the car
  • Preferably, finish up with the wheels.
  • Also, use as many clean microfiber towels as need be. This is to ensure that dirt is not reintroduced on other surfaces.
  • As for the brake pads, you might want to use a different towel due to possible staining from the brake fluid greasing.

Please note: 

The waterless car wash technique is not effective for muddy car surfaces. Also, the use of low quality or rough towels might damage your car.

Can a Waterless Car Wash be Commercialized?

Sounds like a simple and perhaps cost-effective car wash idea, right? Perhaps it is time car washes, and car detailing shops gave careful thought to the idea. But again, why not do it yourself at home because you can?

The waterless car wash idea is aimed at helping you maintain your car by cleaning it even in between washes. After all, it is not always in between our busy schedules we are able to visit a car wash as often. Also, it positively contributes to the ecosystem.

Water vs. Waterless Car Wash

Water-based car washes are effective when it comes to elimination of visible dirt stains on a vehicle. This is because the water dissolves say the mud, and makes cleaning it off easier. Waterless car washes are poor at dealing with this sort of stains. An attempt to scrub the stain off might lead to damages on the car paint surface.

However, if a car has only light dust materials, the waterless car wash method is very cheap. Especially because it does not restrict you from giving your car the clay bar treatment immediately. It is brilliant because you won't have to dry off excess water first as in the water-based car washing method.

Also, the waterless car wash is better than the water-based method regarding quality addition. The waterless washing products might be wax-based to see that your car surfaces achieve a nice glow. They might even add a protective layer to the car surface to protect you against harmful UV rays. Seriously though, the water-based wash can only guarantee gallons of water wasted. That is besides washing muddy surfaces.


Conserving water and keeping our cars clean is possible, thanks to the waterless car wash technique. Let's choose to do both!

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