What do you use to wash the car?
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    Default What do you use to wash the car?

    In the winter I always go through and automatic wash or to the full service place. In the summer I generally go to a place that is $5 for unlimited washing time.

    I went to the full service place yesterday for the 1st time in months and about fell over when she said $22.53!!!!!! I decided even with the $5 to wash it myself at the car wash I can likely do it cheaper since I am rural and don't have a water bill.

    So what do you wash a car with??????

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    hmm ... the rain
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    LOL Imagine! I paid all that $ yesterday for a wash and it is out in the rain at the moment. Does that mean it will be extra clean?

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    What do I use to wash my car? My son. hehe
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    Quote Originally Posted by nodmicks View Post
    LOL Imagine! I paid all that $ yesterday for a wash and it is out in the rain at the moment. Does that mean it will be extra clean?
    Why of course.

    You know you made it rain by washing your car.

    That is a standing joke in these parts.
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    Pressure washer, and a bucket and rag.

    Found a pressure washer at the dump. Took it home and looked at it, the motor was mechnically free (turned easily without any rough spots) and electrically ok (not shorted or grounded). The pump was fine, I took it apart and looked at it, changed the gear oil. I found that the switch just wasn't working. Properly. It was one of those switches that lights up when it's "on". The hot leg of the switch worked fine, the neutral leg wouldn't close. Since the neutral leg is only required if you want that fancy little light to light up, I just spliced the neutral wire together. Works 100%.

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    I go and have it done.
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    a bucket, filled with warm water and dawn dish soap or simple green, and a rag. If I have dried bugs, or something to scrub off I use baking soda. Rinse well.
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    I use the hose if I feel I need to but mostly I don't bother. I live in a neighborhood where it is not wise to draw attention to your car. Besides, I never saw the point in washing a vehicle that is just going to be constantly dirty.
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    We have a $5 basic wash option for the automatic wash. I use that in the winter as it includes undercarriage which I have been told is good to remOve the salt from winterized roads. Otherwise it's rain here unless there is a special occasion to wash it. (road tar from construction, gravel roads, etc)
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    Quote Originally Posted by fernykins View Post
    I go and have it done.
    Fern
    I usually do too......and it needs to be done now but we have been getting too much rain........so I will hold off.

    The guy I go to uses a low pressure power washer and does a great job for $10.........worth it to me.

    The car washes won't get the butt-end of my car clean.......so sides and front are great........the butt still has dirt on it......won't use those.

    The DIY are 'quarter eaters'........and I am too slow in washing....so paying $10 is okay with me. Probably only wash it two to three times a year.

    I do it myself with serious heat in the summer.......then I get to play in the water........use one of those spray wash kits.......also will use car washing solution in a bucket, with soft mitt, for tough spots.

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    we do it ourselves. I just use a bucket of water with either car wash solution, mean green, or dish liquid in it (just depends on what I have), and our soft scrub brush (it's on an extendable handle for when we wash the semi). We'll pull out the pressure washer for the semi, or for the cars if they are particularly dirty. We also hand wax them a couple times a year.
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    I use the rain that falls from the sky .

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    Dish soap.
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    Cheap dish soap,soft brush and hose
    or
    DIY high pressure wash w/ a midstream switch to rinse. Costs about $5.
    Recently bought a shop vac mini for $9.99 at S.A. so sick of their smelly vacs!

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