Archive for September, 2001
By Joyce Benson
Here’s a post that I did in the early fall, but I thought I’d re-post it with some additional information. A few days ago, we had a reprieve from the on-going 20-something degree temperatures, and I was able to spend some time outside again in 50 degree weather. How glorious! This time, I wondered how well the waterless car wash would work on my salt-covered car. Again, I was quite happy with the results.
The concept of a waterless car wash may sound a bit dubious, but there are actually products on the market designed to clean cars without a water-spewing hose. ‘The EPA states that cleaning a vehicle using soap and a water hose, can waste up to 116 gallons of water per car wash. Even an automatic car wash uses about 40 gallons per car wash and requires a vast amount of energy (which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions)’.
I tried some of these products this weekend and was pleasantly surprised. Not only did the non-toxic waterless car wash from Freedom work well, but it was easy to use and it even smelled great! The Super Polymer Formula One cleans, polishes and protects an automobile’s painted, glass, chrome, fiberglass, and plastic surfaces. The bottled car wash is water-based and therefore can be used on wet or dry surfaces and be used anywhere (ideal for apartment/condo dwellers or those located in drought-stricken areas).
I simply sprayed on the product, wiped it with a micro-fiber towel, then lightly buffed it off with another clean micro-fiber towel, which left my car remarkably clean and shiny. I also tried the Eco Tire Protectant which left my tires looking brand new. This product can be used on interior rubber, vinyl and leather surfaces as well. I was a little concerned when I finished and looked down at my dirty fingernails, but upon one good wash in the sink, all of the residue was easily removed. The company offers a 2 Wax + Polymer Original Formula which contains natural waxes to protect a car’s surface, but I didn’t have a chance to try that one yet. Every bottle of product allows for 5-10 car washings and is recyclable upon emptying.
While I had been given these products by the manufacturer so that I could personally use them and post my experience with them, I have not received any compensation to provide a good review. I simply have been genuinely pleased with the Freedom waterless car wash products and highly recommend them to any car owner.
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