Sometimes we don’t have access to outdoor running water. It may be because water is shut off to prevent pipes from bursting in the colder months or there are water restrictions in your area due to droughts. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t mean you have to suffer through with a dirty car. Did you know there are no rinse car wash products on the market? Follow these easy steps to a clean car with a rinseless wash.
No rinse car wash products are good for vehicles with light dirt accumulation. If you have heavy dirt or mud visible on the car, the dirt should be removed first. If you don’t have access to running water, try a DIY car wash and spray the car to remove any heavy buildup before you begin use of a no rinse wash product.
There are two different methods of using a no rinse car wash, the one bucket method or the highly recommended two bucket method. The difference is the one bucket method has your no rinse car wash solution in it and you rinse your wash mitt or sponge in the same bucket. The two bucket method is recommended because you have one bucket with your wash solution in it and a separate bucket with clean water to rinse your mitt or sponge before you reload with the wash solution.
Following the product directions, mix your no rinse car wash solution with water in a bucket. Stir solution well to thoroughly mix. Using the two bucket method, fill another bucket with clean water.
Wash from the top down. When you wash with a no rinse car wash solution, you wash and dry one panel at a time. It is best to start at the top and work your way down. This will help prevent cleaning solution from running down an area that has already been cleaned and dried. The goal is to wet the area, loosen any dirt and wipe that area dry. This is best done in small sections, too large of an area and the wash solution may start drying before you have a chance to dry it with your towel.
You can use any wash mitt or sponge. However, there are wash mitts on the market that are specifically made to be used with no rinse car wash products and you may want to consider getting one of those. Dip your wash mitt or sponge in the wash solution making sure it is well saturated. Carefully move your wash mitt or sponge over the small section you are working on just enough to loosen the dirt and grime. Rinse your wash mitt or sponge in the bucket of clean rinse water, leave it in that bucket while you dry the section you are working on.
Dry the section you washed using a high quality microfiber or buffing towel. This is an important step, make sure you dry each section thoroughly before moving one.
Rinse and wring out your wash mitt or sponge in the bucket of clean rinse water. Dip and reload your wash mitt or sponge in the other bucket with the wash solution. Repeat all the steps moving section by section until you have cleaned the whole car.
Don’t let restricted water access keep you from washing your car. Enjoy a clean car any time! Not only does a clean car look nice but it will help your paint and exterior last longer. If you have any suggestions or recommendations for a no rinse car wash, please share in our comments section.