How to wash your car without water - Our Daily Green

Friday, August 5, 2011

How to wash your car without water

Before eco touch
While many conscientious consumers will shop for cars with high efficiency and environmentally friendly components, they aren't aware of the environmental damage they do simply by washing the vehicle. A typical at home car wash uses between 80 and 140 gallons of water. Commercial car washes are much more efficient, at about less than 45 gallons of water per car, but the water use is still tremendous. Additionally, the dirt and grime from the cars, which includes toxic petroleum and salt residues, travels back into the groundwater supply as it's rinsed off the car.

When Our Daily Green was contacted by Eco Touch to test their product, we were skeptical. A waterless car wash didn't seem like it would be very effective, but we were excited to try it out. As you can tell from the photo montage, we started out with a pretty dirty car. It is important to use microfiber towels to protect the vehicle's surface. You'll need two, one for cleaning and one for polishing. Simply shake the bottle and spray it on the vehicle, working in small panels from top to bottom. Wipe the dirt off with the first cloth, then polish with the second. We were amazed at the results! As you can tell from the before and after window photos, Eco Touch did a great job removing the road grime and leaving a nice polish.

Eco Touch products are endorsed by Green America for their commitment to environmentally friendly business practices and products. They are the only manufacturer of car care products to be approved by Green America, the leading resource for all Green consumer products.

Overall, the results speak for themselves. It was nothing short of amazing how well Eco Touch took the grime off my car. The surface is again shiny and smooth and there was no water wasted. It was convenient. Our Daily Green highly recommends the next time you have a car to wash to give Eco Touch a try.

The same window after

The cleaning towel and the polishing one

The finished result

All ingredients: Filtered water, plant-derived surfactants (for cleaning: alkyl polyglycosides), polymer emulsion (for shine: dimethicone), soda ash, preservative (less than .05%).

Disclosure: Our Daily Green received the spray bottle of waterless car wash to test free of charge. We recommend driving a clean car to avoid finger writing on windows and other acts of mischief. 

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