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04-18-2012, 04:41 PM #16
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Most of the time, just rain. We live in Oregon. It rains a lot most of the year.
A few times a year (during the summer), DH gets out a bucket and a long handled scrubby thing and washes the cars. He uses Dawn.Beak-1996, Toad-1998, and Q-1998
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- 04-18-2012, 06:43 PM #17
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Rain here too. I look at road tar as a preservativeBEF fully funded
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04-18-2012, 07:19 PM #18
I don't wash it in the winter gets to cold here & I'm afraid my locks will freeze. In nice weather I use car solution if DH has some and if not dish soap in a buck w/water and large sponge. Then use the hose.
04-18-2012, 07:45 PM #19
i get it done...full inside outside for $32 i believe...they do a great job. they even take out your mats and your water hog mats and clorox them!!! love it! clean car is good...i dont keep a clean neat car and dh HATES it...so, every 4 - 5 wks, i go and get it done....
in the summer, dd who is 9 likes to "help"...dh has some type of car was stuff...puts in bucket w/ water and dd scrubs away...it is all streaked when she is done, but, she has fun and is proud of herself...
i like the inside vacuumed and cleaned and wiped down.
04-18-2012, 09:03 PM #20
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When I do wash it, I use a bucket of water with a little bit of dish soap in it. No garden hose, because our well doesn't flow enough to justify using running water on it. I rinse with another bucket of water.
04-18-2012, 09:34 PM #21
I have a pickup, so I let God wash it.
Occasionally, I'll just use a bucket and some car wash soap. I don't bother drying, and only wax once a year before winter.
04-18-2012, 11:02 PM #22
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It depends how dirty and whats stuck on it.
If its real bad My husband will take it to the car wash with a pressure hose on it and we all get out and try to use the brushes with in the time limit. If were really fast the car will even get a wax.
Any other day it normally does not get washed unless I want to get rid of my kids then I give them a bucket of dish soap.
I vacuum the car out with shop vac and then use the shark steamer and shop vac to clean the seats and the hoover shampooer on the floors.
I use vinegar or windex on the windows and dash depending on whatever I am using on that day.
04-19-2012, 03:59 PM #23
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A hose, bucket of hot water and Simple Green. Works great.Too Blessed to be Stressed.
04-19-2012, 07:31 PM #24
rain, soft cloth, mop, carwash-label is off no name brand. take it to the local carwash to vaccum out. usually ds helps to get to play in the rain.
04-19-2012, 08:39 PM #25
I second the rain. I drive a Jeep Wranger and live on a dirt road. Its supposed to be dirty I always say. Car washes are def a luxury.
04-20-2012, 11:58 PM #26
Majority of the time, I let nature take care of it. I do a combo of the following 'as needed' - touchless drive through car wash ($10), DIY on super hot days ($4) or at home in the driveway ($?) using the hose, bucket, soft wash mit and car wash concentrate - a lil def goes a long way here.
What I'm more of a stickler about are the windows. I like to drive with them open so dust collects and shows a lot quicker. I wipe them down every 2-3 weeks. I find nighttime driving/driving into the sun tells me when they need to be cleaned While I'm at it, I do a quick wipe down of the interior and vacuum the interior as needed.
Anyone able to recommend an eco/biodegradable car wash concentrate? Do they exist?
04-23-2012, 09:44 PM #27
My teen son, a long-handled soft brush, a bucket of warm water with a car wash/wax in it. I have been using Kit brand carnauba wash & wax for I know several years and it is still 24% full. It only takes a capful in a mop bucket of warm water. Then I clean the inside and vac.
04-24-2012, 08:05 AM #28
I was hoping to wash it at home to save the $5 a week at the car wash. I really think it makes a difference as the car we saved for ds ( I drove from 2001-2010 when I bought the 2010) still looks fab! Dh's car which is a year newer than the one we saved for ds and covered in rust because he never washed it.
04-24-2012, 12:05 PM #29
Nodmicks, I have had my bottle so long I checked to see if it is still available and it is. The bottle now is shaped differently than mine but it is still sold for between 6-9 dollars for a gallon.
04-24-2012, 10:25 PM #30
Thanks so much Katie!!! I will be in town tomorrow and pick some up
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