This is a sponsored post by Armor All. All opinions are my own. Here’s how to wash car in apartment without water!
As a child, I loved washing my father’s semi truck. It took a long time to clean, and I had to do right or I’d have to do it again, but when I was done I felt a sense of pride as my father paid me $20 for washing his truck for him. It was also fun to play with the water hose, soapy water, and the long-handled scrub brush.
But, most of all, I enjoyed the satisfaction that comes from working hard and exerting yourself physically, something my father was a great example of himself.
Being a parent now, I desire to develop a strong work ethic in my children, allowing them to feel that sense of pride which comes with working hard physically and doing a job well. Even though you shouldn’t pay kids for doing chores normally, washing the car is one of those extra chores which can be monetarily compensated as you’d pay someone else to do it normally, too, and I’d love to eventually pay my kids for doing this, all by themselves.
But, right now we live in an apartment complex, so washing our car with a bucket and hose is out of the realm of possibility. Any outdoor water hook-ups at our current place have the stems removed or are otherwise capped. We also don’t own a hose, because, why would we own a hose?
So, like most Americans in need of a car wash who don’t own a hose, we head to the local car wash station every other month or so. It does a decent job and we move on, though I hate paying for them, which is why my husband usually takes them to get washed, and not me. He also cares more about how our cars look as a big-time car lover.
But, every time we pay for a car wash, it robs my kids, and myself, of cleaning our vehicles ourselves and experiencing the fun and satisfaction that comes with doing it yourself.
However, I was at Walmart picking up our groceries and went past the automotive section and saw an entire endcap dedicated to these new Armor All products that let you wash your car without water! They are the Ultra Shine Wash Wipes, Ultra Shine Wax Wipes, and Ultra Shine Tire & Trim Shine Sponges which are only available at Walmart.
I picked up all three products, eager to wash my car with my kids! My daughter Alison was especially excited to wash our car, but she’s always been my little cleaning helper.
Before we washed the outside of our big blue suburban, we cleaned out the interior, as it had been neglected all winter and in desperate need of a good interior cleaning! We flipped down seats, pulled out stuff in the trunk, wiped down the hard interior surfaces, vacuumed with my trusty vacuum in all the little nooks and crannies (which was plugged into my neighbor’s outdoor outlet and an extension cord), and took out a bunch of trash. My daughters also used glass cleaner on the inside of the windows, and the outside.
It was such a huge a huge improvement when we were done! But, cleaning out the interior of the vehicle took most of an evening and it was getting dark/bedtime, so we did the outside of the car the following day.
How to Wash Car in Apartment Without Water
The best way to wash your car without water in an apartment, where you don’t have a garage, is to wash it on a cool day and wash it in the shade, or under a carport, if possible. This will prevent streaks and other marks.
Armor All Ultra Shine Wash Wipes
Then start with the Ultra Shine Wash Wipes, which are large wet wipes you pull out of a resealable package. Simply glide them over your vehicle to get it clean, rotating to a new wet portion as you use it.
We used several for our large suburban, (more than really needed as my kids all needed their own wipe and did the same areas a few times) with plenty of wipes left over to use again in the future.
My girls were pretty grossed out by the stuff they scrubbed off:
For dark vehicles, like ours, it is recommended to follow it up with a microfiber cloth to remove any extra streaks, but it wasn’t super necessary for us as the Wax Wipes took care of any missed streaks for the most part. But, there was no need to rinse after using these wash wipes!
Armor All Ultra Shine Wax Wipes
After we gently washed and scrubbed away the dirt and grime with the wash wipes, we pulled out the Ultra Shine Wax Wipes. Very similar to the wash wipes, they are large wet wipes with a protective wax coating you apply to the outside of your vehicle. Per the instructions, we glided them over our vehicle in one smooth wipe in one direction.
After we did our whole vehicle, our car looked pretty darn good! Shiny, clean, beautiful! But, we weren’t done yet!
Armor All Ultra Shine Tire & Trim Sponges
The Ultra Shine Tire & Trim Sponges, which come in their own small packages inside the larger box, are these wet soft stretchy yet durable sponges that are all sudsy and ready to go to clean your tires and trim.
I scrub in all the nooks and crannies of the hubcaps, wiped the outside of the tires, which was super easy with the flexible sponge. I was able to clean two of our large tires with one sponge too!
I wiped the tires down with a microfiber cloth after scrubbing them and they looked pretty incredible once I was done! I made sure to wash my hands afterward, and we were done!
The whole process didn’t take very long (maybe 20 minutes max), didn’t require a hose, bucket, or soapy water to wash our vehicle, and it’s now looking pretty great! And I didn’t even have to leave home to get it done, spend time waiting in line, or spend a bunch of money on a car wash.
Look at that gleam!
And my kids and I can take satisfaction in knowing that we did that! We made our car look nice.
As my kids get older (and taller) they’ll be able to wash the entire vehicle by themselves. For now, I am grateful for their help, and the pride they take in a good cleaning job.
If you live in an apartment and want to try waterless car washes you can do at home (and for much less than at the car wash place) then be sure to take advantage of the $2.00 off any one (1) of the Armor All Ultra Shine Wipes from Walmart, while supplies last!