The environmentally-friendly guide to car cleaning

We all love to have a clean car. However,  many people reading this will be guilty of abusing their lovely vehicle they once loved.  And for many of us, maintaining an eco-friendly mindset is important, which might by why we don’t wash our cars very often. Of course, keeping a clean car doesn’t mean you need to waste water and energy. Here’s a quick word on how you can get your car back to looking like it did the day you bought it whilst staying clean and green.   

It’s appropriate that we are wary of how much water is wasted cleaning a car, and especially to feel concern over chemicals left in the waste water which drain into you local environment.

On average over 160 litres of water is wasted in a traditional car wash.  If each car in London was washed just once in 2018, that would be over 429 million litres of water wasted. Many people developing nations which suffer from droughts would find Londoners’ methods a little strange…. our good friends at WATERisLIFE will be happy to tell you more on how far that water would stretch and the lives it would save.  

There are also now over 20,000 unregulated hand car washes across the UK causing huge damage to the UK’s water systems. Toxic chemicals and oils are being drained off without any proper disposal, polluting water reserves across the country.    

However, its not all doom and gloom! Waterless, eco-friendly solutions have been developed for this exact reason, most of which can be picked up on amazon or at any local car accessory store. Those who enjoy it and have the time to clean their car themselves can give these a try and see for yourself how these solutions not only make car cleaning easier, but provide a much more effective finish.   

Here’s our short guide and top tips to an effective waterless car clean:   

1.     What you need:

1 x Waterless nano solution, preferably containing carnauba wax (world’s hardest natural protective wax together with UV screen protectors)  

6 x Clean microfibre cloths  

Waterless alloy cleaner  

Tyre Dressing  

2.     Apply your nano waterless solution to the car.

a.     Get an even spray across each panel and leave the solution to work for 30seconds. This gives it time to liquify the dirt and lift from the panel surface  

b.     Make sure you work the car panel by panel to avoid missing sections and work from top to bottom. The last thing you want is drips ruining your perfect work  

3.     Remove the dirt with a microfibre towel

a.     Fold the cloth and roll your hand as you remove the dirt from the panel. This helps avoid the dirt particles leaving any marks  

b.     Work in straight lines rather than circles as this can cause swirl marks (Check out our videos to see the Dropless cleaners in action for a good demonstration)  

c.     Reapply spray to any areas where further application is needed and repeat  

4.     Buff the surface with a clean microfibre towel

a.     Applying light pressure, buff the surface with the microfibre towel to remove any additional solution and activate the canaruba wax. This will give your car a deep mirror-gloss premium waxed finish, a  layer off protection to repel water and prevent any build-up of dirt  

5.     Apply alloy cleaner to the alloys and any dirt on the tyres

a.     Following the same process, remove and dirt and break dust using a macrofibre towel and finish with a clean towel for the best finish.  

6.     Apply tyre dressing

a.     Add a light spray of the tyre dressing to the rubber and remove any that may have splashed onto the alloy – This will look white at first but allow to dry into the tyre wall.  

b.     TIP: Spray the tyre dressing directly onto a towel and apply to any rubber or plastic trim to make sure you get the best matt finish  

7.     You should now have a fully clean, waxed, protected, and great looking car. Plus you’ve cleaned it in a manner which doesn’t harm the environment.

If you have any questions about how to get the best from your car clean, or want to discuss car cleaning techniques, please reach out – details below.   

Happy cleaning everyone.    

Here is a list of some popular waterless solutions:   

King of Sheen


Greased Lightening


Dirt Busters