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Hosepipe bans mean an alternative for cleaning your car

11 May 2012 at 08:35

With hosepipe bans looking imminent across the UK, and the Government’s Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman urging us all to use less water, keeping your car clean can prove a bit of a headache.

But motorists enthusiastic about keeping their pride and joy clean through the spring and summer months will be pleased to hear there’s an alternative.

Most car owners might be dubious of a claimed wonder product that just requires a quick spray and a wipe to restore a lustrous shine to your car’s bodywork with stories of swirl marks and deep scratches ringing around their heads.Many owners will say they were always taught to wash a car with plenty of water first, loosening dirt and lubricating the bodywork ready for a full lather. But technology and chemistry has moved on, allowing for products that don’t require a pre-soak to clean.And it seems car owners are now responding accordingly. Sales of waterless car care products have soared by up to 160 per cent after the Government’s recent announcement of water shortages – especially in the southeast with the London 2012 Olympic games fast approaching.The current crop of spray-on-wipe-off products offer more than may first be apparent, too: modern waterless cleaners were actually developed to clean fighter jets in arid conditions when water was in short supply, so they boast a decent history.Next time you’re thinking of washing your car, then, remember the cost on the environment. For a small price you could buy a bottle of cleaner that can keep the muck away without the need for litres of wasted water.Most car owners might be dubious of a claimed wonder product that just requires a quick spray and a wipe to restore a lustrous shine to your car’s bodywork with stories of swirl marks and deep scratches ringing around their heads.

Many owners will say they were always taught to wash a car with plenty of water first, loosening dirt and lubricating the bodywork ready for a full lather. But technology and chemistry has moved on, allowing for products that don’t require a pre-soak to clean.

And it seems car owners are now responding accordingly. Sales of waterless car care products have soared by up to 160 per cent after the Government’s recent announcement of water shortages – especially in the southeast with the London 2012 Olympic games fast approaching.

The current crop of spray-on-wipe-off products offer more than may first be apparent, too: modern waterless cleaners were actually developed to clean fighter jets in arid conditions when water was in short supply, so they boast a decent history.

Next time you’re thinking of washing your car, then, remember the cost on the environment. For a small price you could buy a bottle of cleaner that can keep the muck away without the need for litres of wasted water.