Air conditioners and fans aren't the only sources to blame for sky-high electricity bills in warm-weather months. Water bill expenses can also raise eyebrows, and car maintenance may be the culprit. Think you're saving money by washing your car at home? Think again.
- A 10-minute car wash uses up to 100 gallons of water. (Source: Maryland's Department of the Environment)
- Approximately 23.2 gallons of water are used to wash a small car, and 42.8 gallons of water are used on a full-size car. (Source: CarWash.org
- While washing a car from home may save a few dollars, hazardous chemicals (benzene, lead, zinc, chromium, arsenic, pesticides, herbicides, nitrates and other metals) travel from pavement to sewer water, which is hazardous to fish, prevents storm water drainage and leads to excessive plant growth. (Source: Illinois Environmental Protection Agency)
Car enthusiasts smile when they smell rain in the air. That means a free car wash without all the excessive chemicals or ponying up money for self-service car wash stations and drive-thru car wash locations. But rain is unpredictable, and weather patterns shouldn't determine the filth level of a car.
Eco-friendly waterless car wash products help save water bill expenses and the planet at the same time.
Eco Touch Premium Car Care Waterless Car Wash easily removes dirt and grime, and the product is shiny, nontoxic and biodegradable. Spray the eco-friendly liquid mix onto one Eco Touch microfiber towel or directly onto the car, wipe dirt and grime off, and use a second microfiber cloth to dry and buff. Water is unnecessary for cleaning with this product, but the car is still left with the same kind of shine that water and hazardous chemical car wash fluids would usually do.
Eco Touch Waterless Car Wash is scratch free and effective for more than exterior car paint. The eco-friendly car wash can also be used on bumpers, windows and wheels. Although not mentioned on the label, the Waterless Car Wash was also pretty good at wiping the interior surface (steering wheel, coffee mug area, car handles and inside door handles). Unlike stronger internal car cleaning products that need to air out, Eco Touch spray's aroma is noticeably mild.
Cleaning a medium-sized car (ex. Suzuki Forenza) takes approximately a half hour, including an extra buff on the car roof. The car is left with a slick shine and a smooth texture. Another perk of washing a car this meticulously is car owners pay more attention to any possible problem areas that would usually be missed at car washes in gas stations or by paying other people to wash the car by hand.
The wipe down is also simple and quick. There's no need to drive around for awhile to let the car air dry, pull out a bunch of old rags to wipe the car down from wet spots or worry about the spray leaking all over the ground. Like other cleaning sprays, where it lands is where it stays.
Paper towels and old rags are usually too moist to use repeatedly and get dirty quicker. However, microfiber cloths hold seven times their weight in water. They can also effectively clean metal, glass, wood, leather and vinyl. Microfiber cloths are machine washable, air dry within hours and can be reused for years if taken care of properly. Avoid fabric softener and machine dryers in order for them to last longer.
For a quick wash or a long, detailed car cleaning, the green cleaning product is quick, easy to juggle from hand to hand, and effective. Looking for flaws? Cue the Beyonce song. There were none.
Eco Touch also has more eco-friendly car maintenance products to offer:
- Eco Touch Waterless Car Wash Concentrate
- Eco Touch Car Wash Shampoo
- Eco Touch Quick Wax
- Eco Touch All Purpose Degreaser
- Eco Touch Wheel Cleaner
- Eco Touch Tire Shine
- Eco Touch Dashboard Protect
- Eco Touch Window Clear
- Eco Touch Leather Care
- Eco Touch Carpet + Upholstery
- Eco Touch Odor Eliminator
- Eco Touch Interior Car Care Kit (Mini Trial Pack)
- Eco Touch Waterless Car Wash Kit
Other accessories include:
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