Water Conservation Via Waterless Car Wash

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The concept of a waterless car wash may sound a bit dubious, but there are actually products on the market designed to clean cars without a water-spewing hose. ‘The EPA states that cleaning a vehicle using soap and a water hose, can waste up to 116 gallons of water per car wash. Even an automatic car wash uses about 40 gallons per car wash and requires a vast amount of energy (which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions)’.

I tried some of these products this weekend and was pleasantly surprised. Not only did the non-toxic waterless car wash from Freedom work well, but it was easy to use and it even smelled great! The Super Polymer Formula One cleans, polishes and protects an automobile’s painted, glass, chrome, fiberglass, and plastic surfaces. The bottled car wash is water-based and therefore can be used on wet or dry surfaces and be used anywhere (ideal for apartment/condo dwellers or those located in drought-stricken areas).

I simply sprayed on the product, wiped it with a micro-fiber towel, then lightly buffed it off with another clean micro-fiber towel, which left my car remarkably clean and shiny. I also tried the Eco Tire Protectant which left my tires looking brand new. This product can be used on interior rubber, vinyl and leather surfaces as well. I was a little concerned when I finished and looked down at my dirty fingernails, but upon one good wash in the sink, all of the residue was easily removed. The company offers a 2 Wax + Polymer Original Formula which contains natural waxes to protect a car’s surface, but I didn’t have a chance to try that one yet.  Every bottle of product allows for 5-10 car washings and is recyclable upon emptying.

All-in-all, I think the Freedom waterless car wash products are great, functional green items for any car owner.

Tag(s): Cars and Transportation, Gift Ideas, Green Cleaning


One Response to “Water Conservation Via Waterless Car Wash”

  1. Denver Green Cleaning on May 23rd, 2011 6:38 pm

    This is a great resource, not only for the green cleaning aspects but, as you said, for apartment owners who don’t have access to a hose and driveway for washing their car. My car has been unwashed for quite awhile for this very reason, good to know that there are alternatives!

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