If you want to keep your car clean, regular car washes are a must. Sure, your car looks perfect long enough for some quick photos, but it won't last more than a few days without building up dust and pollen.
If you're tired of the whole hose and bucket of soapy water routine, then a rinseless wash or waterless wash will make your life a lot easier. With these products you can clean up your car in a fraction of the time.
We've compiled a list of our favorite waterless and rinseless washes below, along with some tips for using them to keep your car clean.
Optimum No Rinse has gained a reputation as one of the best rinseless washes, and that's for some good reasons. Optimum is a well-established company that makes a range of auto detailing supplies, and ONR is one of their most popular.
Optimum No Rinse can be used in a few different ways. First, it can be used in a bucket at a lower ratio, and then used with microfiber towels or wash mits to wipe down the full car. It can also be mixed at a stronger ratio to be used as a detail spray or clay lube.
We like to spray down each panel of the car with ONR, and then use a bucket of ONR and microfiber towels to wipe them down, using a clean section of towel each time.
In our opinion, this is the best and easiest way to wash a car. Their polymer formula encapsulates dirt so it can be safely removed without scratching your paint. We can't recommend Optimum No Rinse enough.
Chemical Guys has a wide variety of great detailing products, including waxes, spray sealants, compounds, and polishes, and this waterless wash is excellent as well.
Chemical Guys EcoSmart Waterless Wash comes as a concentrate. Just 16 ounces makes 2 gallons of solution, ready to wash your car with no running water. You can wash your car anywhere, in the sun or shade, at any time. It takes a fraction of the time you'd spend with a bucket of soapy water and a hose.
Adam's Waterless Wash is designed to make cleaning your car as quick and easy as possible. It's designed to be sprayed directly onto the paint and wiped away, lifting the dirt particles away from the paint safely.
Unlike detail sprays that often contain waxes, this waterless wash is formulated to remove dirt most effectively. Light dust, pollen, and finger prints and quickly be removed for a freshly washed looking car. This also helps make your sealant or wax last longer than more invasive wash methods.
Infinite Use Detail Juice was created by Gary Dean, a distinguished and widely known professional detailer. Gary Dean has been detailing for over 20 years, and created his Infinite Use Detail juice to simplify the process. He aimed to create one product that could be used to clean everything, including paint, wheels, tires, and upholstery, and this is his result.
Detail Juice is great as a waterless wash and for cleaning the entire car, inside and out. We highly recommend this extremely versatile product.
Another great rinseless wash from Griot's Garage, this product will allow you to wash your car any time and anywhere. It comes in a concentrated form, so 1 ounce of product makes 2.5 gallons of wash. Its polymer formula has high lubricity, trapping dirt and removing it safety, and leaving behind a layer of synthetic wax.