In the midst of the drought in Cape Town, where residents are being restricted by Level 6B water restrictions, which allows each person a meager 50L per person per household, there is still the need to keep our cars looking respectable out on the road.

In general, its not the water that gets your car clean. If you hose down your car and leave it to dry it will still be dirty. What removes the dirt when we wash with water is the scrubbing which, scratches the paint and isn’t a suggested washing method. Instead, with water restrictions in place, we should learn the correct methods of washing our vehicles:

  • Break down the dirt
    Look for an eco-friendly (preferrably waterless) auto wash soap that will break down the dirt on your vehicle, removing the need to scrub or try to rinse the dirt away with a pressure hose.
  • Microfibre Cloths
    Don’t use a sponge or a face cloth or even a kitchen cloth the wipe off the dirt. Rather purchase a few microfibre cloths and towels that you can use to wipe the dirt away once the auto wash has broken down the tough grime on your vehicle surface.  The microfibres on the cloth are built to pick up dirt from surfaces making it that much easier.

  • Systematic cleaning
    Clean the car in sections, from panel to panel and use separate cloths for wheels and mags, and other grimy areas and another for the windows to avoid smudging dirt from one section of the car to the other.

The key to waterless washing is to clean regularly. The more regular the washes, the less need to try and remove tough grime and dirt, making it easier and quicker to clean, whereas a car left for ages may need more product or a lot more time and effort.