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How to wash your vehicle with dish soap

Unlike what you may think, dishwashing soap works great for cleaning vehicle windows, fenders and hubcaps. Next time you give your car a little TLC, follow our step-by-step guide for a glass-like shine.

What do you need to wash your vehicle?

To restore windows and rims to their former glory with ease, here are a few tools you may need to get started:

  • dishwashing soap
  • Bucket
  • Sponge and brush
  • Cloth
  • Squeegee
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Garden hose

When you have everything together, you're good to go. Start with the windows and work your way down, as the rims are often the dirtiest parts. This will ensure the water in the pail stays clean longer.

Washing a car with detergent

Step-by-step guide – Washing your vehicle with dishwashing soap

Park in the shade
The best way to wash your vehicle is to park it in the shade so that the cleaned windows and rims don't dry too quickly. Wait until the vehicle has cooled down. That way you won't accidentally touch a scorching hot car while cleaning.

Close windows
To prevent soap and water from getting inside the vehicle, make sure all windows and doors are tightly closed before starting.

Prep your water
Fill a bucket with warm water and add a few drops of dish soap.

How to clean car windows
Dip the sponge into the soapy water in the bucket and use it to wash the windows in a circular motion. When you've finished cleaning a window, use the squeegee to wipe away the water. After each stroke, wipe the squeegee dry with an absorbent cloth to prevent streaks from forming on the glass. Finally, wipe the window frame dry with a clean cloth.

Dish soap can do much more than just clean your dishes. It can bring a shine to your vehicle windows and the rims as well. Bugs, dirt and grit deposits have no chance with this simple and inexpensive trick.

Best wishes,
Team Clean.