DIY Car Wash Concentrate



It's that time I year and one of my goals for this year is to do more DIY projects and make things at home when I can. When I returned back from Canada my car was dirty. We've been getting a lot of rain in Connecticut which as you could imagine leads to a pretty dirty car. 

I do not like going to the car wash. When my son was younger I would go because I thought it was super cool for him to see. Now as an adult. Unless it's in route to where I'm going. I'm all for DIY. I looked up recipes and tried to come up with my own variation. I don't need a ton of cash wash liquid around our home. The one-liter bottle will probably last me until the end of summer which I'm fine with. 

My car came out so clean. I was actually shocked that the concentrate actually made suds. 

Recipe


  • 1 empty liter bottle with lid
  • 1 tablespoon of Dawn (blue kind)
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda

Add the Dawn and baking soda to the bottle. (You will most likely need a funnel for this.) Fill the bottle with water. Add the lid and shake the bottle. Add 1/4 cup of the car wash concentrate to the bucket. Add water to the bucket and fill to the line. 

What you'll need


  • Car washing sponge
  • Car wash concentrate (above)
  • 2 buckets (one for soap and one for water)
  • 1 car washing towel

Car washing tips


  • Have a bucket filled with water to rinse your car.
  • Was the top of the car first
  • After washing all the windows (wash with liquid with a sponge and rinse immediately after with the clear water. )

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13 comments:

  1. Great tips! I will be using this recipe when I get a car and learn to drive...HA!

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  2. I have never heard of making a car wash concentrate this way - but will have to try it. Thanks for the tip Tasheena!

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  3. Ha. I use dawn and baking Soda to clean around my house all the time! It works like a charm. Maybe now I will also try it on my car.

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  4. Oh cool! I'll have to share this with my husband. He usually washes the vehicles. I rarely wash mine, and he's all, "Ew, your car looks gross!" I mean, so long as it's not caked with dirt, I'm fine with it, but he has a touch of OCD and ends up scrubbing it off for me.

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  5. This is actually really helpful for me! I live in a rural town and we don't have a car wash nearby. So I've been relying on the rain to wash my car for me. (Not such a great strategy!)

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  6. Oh wow, I've been making this my whole life and didn't even know LOL. I'll have to try adding in the baking soda next time. Thank you for sharing!

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  7. Baking soda for a car wash?! I have never would have though of this. Brilliant idea.

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  8. Baking soda have tons of uses. Now am thinking, can we use baking soda as skincare?

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  9. I will be using this idea when I get a car and learn to drive. :D

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  10. That's awesome tip. Is it better than diesel wash?

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  11. Awesome tips. I seldom wash my car myself anymore, but I will def pass this along to my fiance!

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  12. Omg I love a DIY project especially one so simple that we use so often. I hate going to the car wash. Thanks

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  13. I definitely would not have thought to use baking soda to make it. It does look like its a great job that it does.

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