Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fake Car Wash

I'm sure that you've heard that you can use Furniture Polish - like Pledge - on the interior of your car.  It does a nice job buffing up leather seats, taking off sticky spots, and removing dust from the dash.  It's also MUCH cheaper than those Armor All/Professional Car Cleaning products!

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But the other day I tried a spray of Pledge on the OUTSIDE of the car.  (Hey, my car isn't the best, so I figured it couldn't be much worse with a little spray of polish!)  Turns out it's like a cleaner and wax all in one swipe!

With a couple of old, soft dish towels in hand, I went all around the car spraying and wiping one section at a time.  I was amazed at how easily the dirt came off the car - Pledge is a bit greasy, so the dirt loosened right up.  I used a clean part of the towel for each section, being careful not to spread the dirt around.

After the initial cleanup, I noticed there was a bit of a fogginess left on the car, so I took another clean & dry towel and gave the whole thing a buff.  I can't believe how the finish came to a high shine - just as if I'd used Turtle Wax!

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For the windows & mirrors, I used a couple of paper towels and some Homemade Windex. I then gave the rugs a good shake outside and all within 10 minutes, my car was sparking clean inside and out!

The best part of this discovery is that I can give my car a "wash" inside my garage, anytime I want!  I won't have to trek it to a car wash place where I'll be overcharged, unsatisfied with the cleanup and will likely be struck with a rain storm on the way home (why does that always seem to happen?).   It can also be a great way to keep up with the salt/dirt that accumulates on our cars in the winter months.  When I lived up north, a car wash was at least a weekly necessity.


The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

Fake Car Wash (Dollar Store "Pledge" $1.00, Windex & Old Dish Rags)

Total Fake-It Cost:  $1.00, Polish will likely last 4-5 Washes

Compare to Full-Service Car Wash:  $14.95 + $1.00 tip/each

Total Fake-It Savings:  $188.40/Year, assuming 1 wash per month.  


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70 comments:

  1. I didn't even know about using the pledge on the inside, let alone the outside! Thanks!

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  2. This is a GREAT tip! My hubs is HORRIBLE about caring for his car and we are going to be "Pledging" it this weekend!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. When I was a kid my mom gave me a bottle of Armor All and told me to go clean the car. I did, on all the outside! She was mad, but it looked great.

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  4. I never want to take my car to the car wash… Now I don't have to with this great tip!

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  5. What an incredible blog! I am learning so much from you! Thanks a million!

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  6. I am trying this this weekend. Thanks

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  7. Wow, what a great idea! I wonder how it will perform when it does rain? A good wax causes the water to bead up on the car, then roll right off. The consistency (viscosity??) of Pledge would probably do the same, I would think.

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  8. You're not supposed to use ammonia on tint, so with the homemade windex I wonder if you can use vinegar instead of the ammonia?

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    1. I'm allergic to ammonia, so I can't use it. I have been using a mix of 50/50 water and vinagar for years, on everything. If it's really bad, I use straight vinagar. You can also use newspaper instead of paper towels when cleaning glass. Together they do a great job, :)

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  9. GREAT tip - thanks! Oh, and as for it raining right after you get your car washed, I've concluded I can end drought by doing just that - such power!

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  10. My father has been using WD-40 to clean and wax his car for several years, I can see how this would work wonders too.

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    1. WD-40 is corrosive. If it eventually manages to work through your paint (which is really thick on cars) corroding it a thin layer at a time, it can do more rapid damage to the metal.

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  11. I want to clean mu rims on my truck..tried winded but what works best..vinegar to make them shine and clean break powder off?

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  12. Just make sure there is no silicone in anything you use because if a part needs to be painted it will fish eye and not look so great! But cool idea i use dawn dish soap for my car and rims like it say cuts the grease :-D

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  13. This is a really really really bad idea if you care about your car. The layer of dirt on your car is harder than your car's finish and will scratch your car if you rub it against the paint. That is the reason why you're supposed to use a sheep skin mitt or something that has a very plush nap, car wash soap (usually pH neutral), and water for the dirt to escape. What you are promoting right now will basically turn your car into one of the many cars out there with the millions of hairline scratches when viewed in the sun. Not to mention what you're promoting has very low resistance to acid rain, bird droppings, sea water, and anything that's not pH neutral. Granted not having the dirt is probably better in the sense that your car doesn't retain moisture as long as a dirty car does, but this kind of wash is really hard on the finish. You might be saving a bit of money and time, but really a bottle of $7 car wash from Costco (1 gallon size, lasts years), a $5 home depot bucket, a $5 mitt, some old bath towels (clean, for drying), and a garden hose (with or without the head) is all it takes to do it right.

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    1. That is fine if you live in a warm climate, but what about the dead of January? I'm not getting out there with a hose that's an icicle! If you're that concerned about the finish of your car, then you'll pay for the full wash. If you're driving a car that's got 100,000+ miles on it (like I am), you wouldn't care!

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    2. Also, that's great if you have a nice car. I would bet lots of us checking out this site for ways to save money don't drive the fanciest cars. lol In fact many may be praying the car last longer than the shine. :D

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  14. I was thinking the same thing about scratches as I was reading down, don't think Pledging the car exterior as you suggessted is a good idea.

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    1. It's been working fine for me - no scratches!

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  15. If you live a cold part of the country where they salt the roads, it is necessary to get an underwash once a month because of all the salt put on roads...told to me by a mechanic because my routers/brakes kept rusting out quickly.

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  16. Just wondering now that you have had your waterless carwash done for over a month now,, how has it held up to the dirt and water,, also did you notice any new scratches

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    1. Thanks for asking! I've done the fake car wash three times since this post and it's been great every time. No new scratches whatsoever on the car and it beads up water just like a good wax! Cheers!

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  17. Good tip hey, and you are not going to get more for your car if you dont have a few scrathes, but you will impress if the car is clean, yes.

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  18. I like the idea, especially on the interior. I will probably stick with the car wash, but I don't go too often. Sometimes it's the inside that needs a clean-up. I also have been using pledge ... the orange kind, although probably makes no difference... on my granite in my kitchen. clean first the shine with pledge. Do have to wipe it over with a clean towel or paper towel though so it is not slick. Does a really nice job.

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  21. Great thoughts you got there, believe I may possibly try just some of it throughout my daily life...


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  22. Haha! I see you have found another inexpensive, yet very effective way of cleaning your car, Heather. Who knew Pledge can also be used in car cleaning purposes? Nice! But, be reminded my friend that you still have to have your car actually cleaned every three months. I really think the product will work better after having its proper car wash. =)

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  23. I have been using Pledge natural furniture polish on my last 3 cars, the tip was given to me by a auto valet specialist, he told me to spray just a fine mist on a soft cloth after each wash, it takes away water marks and the wax keeps the effects of the weather off the paintwork.
    my Nissan Primera is now 15 years old and still looks great with not a blemish on the paintwork.
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  24. Well, that’s promising. We spend a lot of money to buy cleaning sprays and solutions for our car, so this one just hits the spot. I recently asked my husband to use toothpaste to clean our head and backlight cover. To his amazement, it is just as effective as the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide solution he had been using. I suggest you try that as well. Good day! :)

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  25. never thought about pledge. considering all the cleaners have some sort of cleasning agent, it really doesn't matter what we use on what really...I have so many furniture cleaner, I might try it and see...my car is old too. lol

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