(Updated on October 24, 2019)
Yes, you read that right. It is, in fact, possible to make a car spick and span without using up a river of resources. I’ve got a range of waterless car products that I keep in my repertoire, and I’m ready to share them with the world. These 10 best waterless car wash products really make a difference.
1. Meguiar’s Ultimate Waterless Wash & Wax
To start the show, I’m sharing a product that’s just as effective as it is affordable. It’s got a penchant for kicking dirt to the curb and exchanging it for a shiny, waxed appeal.
In my opinion, Meguiar’s works best to finish off vehicle’s that are already on the cleaner side of the spectrum. Despite this con, it takes shininess seriously, and that’s not something that all waterless washes can boast. It’s safe to use whether the body of your car is plastic, polished metal or glossy.
2. Chemical Guys EcoSmart-RU Ready to Use Waterless Wash & Wax
If you’re planning on bringing your waterless wash with you on a road trip or to a car show, EcoSmart’s ready-to-use product is the way to go. While straddling the pricier side, it’s a product and a brand you can depend on, and that goes a long way.
You may want to splurge on the larger volume for this product so you can keep it around for a while without having to refuel.
3. Armor All Ultra Shine Spray Wash
As a brand, Armor All is ingrained in my mind as utterly reliable. To me, it’s no surprise that their waterless car wash and shining product is a top contender. Even the aerosol applicator makes it easy to spray the breadth of your vehicle’s body for a job well done.
With a meager price to go along, this spray wash does the trick.
4. Aero Cosmetics Wet or Waterless Car Wash Wax Kit
Aero Cosmetics offers the whole shebang in the form of their wet or waterless car wash kit. Whatever mood you’re in, you can be sure your car is getting a solid service. Free from both alcohol and ammonia, this product keeps your ride safe, whether you choose to take the wet or waterless route.
The kit even comes with four thick microfiber towels for you to clean with; that may even be worth the investment in and of itself!
5. Adam’s Waterless Car Wash
If you want your car to smell as good as it looks, Adam’s tropical-scented waterless cleaner is the way to go. It works well too, thanks to emulsifiers, wetting agents and more. Grab a few towels and get to cleaning with this easy-to-use spray.
The brand complies with a number of consumer needs, as well, as proven by the range in bottle sizes. Select anywhere from 16 ounces to 5 gallons of wash and wax.
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6. Mother’s Waterless Wash & Wax
If your intent is to be left with a professional gleam, Mother’s Waterless Wash & Wax has the goods. All you have to do is spray, set and wipe on any surface, and the serious grime and build-up will have no chance.
In fact, this spray is probably my favorite for visibly dirty vehicles. It’s truly effective while still maintaining an unparalleled one-step ease of use.
7. Dri Wash ‘n Guard ULTRA-ION Waterless Car Wash
Many people, myself included, turn to waterless car washes for the sake of saving time and resources alike. Dri Wash ‘n Guard grants their consumers these benefits with no catch, and even adds a few perks in for good measure.
With UV protection, scratch-free use and real dirt-hunting capabilities, ULTRA-ION Waterless Car Wash is a product any car-lover can trust. While not sold as a pump bottle, I think that’s something most people can overlook.
8. Rain-X Waterless Car Wash & Rain Repellent
Another household name makes it onto this list. This time, it’s Rain-X and their Waterless Car Wash & Rain Repellent. While other vehicles may grant a bolder shien, this product keeps its lead thanks to its serious protection against undesirable precipitation like rain and snow.
With all these benefits, it’s nice to know that Rain-X retains its affordable nature. That way, whatever your budget, you can still enjoy a clean car without the soak.
9. Masterson’s Waterless Wash & Shine
I know I’ve fallen victim to a bird dropping debauchery at one time or another. That’s why I present Masterson’s Waterless Wash & Shine, which adds a professional gleam by cutting through bird droppings and other environmental contaminants.
Another unique feature I enjoy is the anti-drip formula, which means I don’t have to rush for the microfiber towel. Despite the faults of the sprayer itself, which is a bit too generous in its delivery, I’m a fan of Masterson’s.
10. Prolong Waterless Wash & Shine
If your image of a waterless car wash includes spraying and swiping in one fell swoop, Prolong ought to be your go-to product. To add to the quick and easy clean it honorably provides, it departs a coating that protects the body of your beloved ride from imminent grime.
I like that buyers can choose one of many bottle or pack sizes of this environmentally sustainable waterless car wash (this, of course, to accompany the fact that you can get the job done in 15 minutes or less).
Use Waterless Car Wash Products Correctly
I know that I can use the best waterless car wash product there is and still have to be careful to use it properly. After all, the aesthetics of my cherished vehicle are at risk if I don’t, and that’s something I surely don’t want to mess with. My tips for proper usage of waterless washes are:
- Ensure your car isn’t absolutely filthy, for no amount of product will help you there.
- Rely on waterless car washes for spot cleaning and in between big washes.
- Keep a thick towel on hand to trap dirt and keep it from scratching your ride.
- Always take a joy ride when the waterless car wash is done!