Save on an expensive trip to the car wash by doing it by hand. If you’ve got the time, you can even make a family activity out of it! Read on for the things you’ll need, how to do away with the dirt, and how to get headlights clean and clear.
Car Washing Equipment
- Firstly, you’ll need a bucket of water mixed with car soap and something tough but soft to wash with, such as large car-washing sponges or Jif cloths. It helps to have more than one. Be sure to follow any safety instructions on the soap.
- A hose is really useful, but can be replaced by a bucket or two of plain water if you don’t have one.
- A stiff-bristled brush for the tires. Plastic bristles make it easier to avoid accidentally scratching hubcaps than wire.
- Finishing products like wax and polish are optional.
- Finally, you’ll need some old towels, rags or cloths to dry it off.
How to Clean a Car
- First, park the car out of direct sunlight if possible. This will stop the water drying prematurely, which may leave streaks or marks.
- Then get everything ready. Fill any buckets you need, mix the soap, make sure all windows are closed, antenna are retracted (if possible) and windscreen wipers are in their popped-out position away from the glass.