6 Pros & Cons of a Waterless Wash and Wax Kit

Woman Driving an SUVLet me start off by saying that I am bias. The first time I tried using this waterless car wash and wax kit, I knew I was not going back to the traditional car wash using water.

That said, I am going to cover what I think are the pros and cons of a waterless car wash from an average car owner’s perspective.

I am not a professional detailer, nor do I spend my weekends working on my vehicle. I simply want to drive my car and have it look good with the least amount of effort.

I mean, who doesn’t?

Advantages of a Waterless Wash-Wax Kit:

1. Eco Friendly

Man Cleaning Car with Waterless Wash & Wax
courtesy of http://washwax.com
When we don’t use water to clean our cars, we are preserving a natural resource. In cities that experience drought, it becomes even more important to preserve water.

Some neighborhoods may even ban homeowners from using water to wash their cars in their own driveway. A waterless car wash spray instantly resolves this problem.

In addition to minimizing water use, many no-rinse car wash solutions are made up of all-natural ingredients. When you wash out your car-washing rags, you can feel good about not washing toxic chemicals down the drain.

2. Saves Money… Think a $1 Car Wash

Washing your own vehicle is a cost-saver as long as the process doesn’t take up a lot of time. The no-water procedure requires less supplies, less space and less time. I average about $1 per wash and wax, and that’s cheap!

In fact, I think I can wash and wax my own truck in about the same time as it would take me to drop my car off at the car wash and wait to have other people clean it for me. Yes, while I am waiting at the carwash, I can talk or fiddle around on my phone or something, but usually it’s nothing productive.

Waterless Wash and Wax Kit with Towels and Scrubber

3. Carwash in the Garage?

No water means that I can actually give my SUV a carwash in the middle of winter without me having to go outside. I just do it in the garage. It’s easy, convenient, and it motivates my to keep my car cleaner.

When all I have to do is spray down my car and wipe off the cleaner, it makes the job of car washing much less intimidating than having to pull out a bucket and a hose. Spot treatments? No problem. A quick wipe-down? Yes, I have 5 minutes for that.

4. Wash ‘n Wax Means Less Frequent Cleaning

Man Relaxing by Pool in Chaise LoungeWaterless car wash products are nice, but using a treatment that waxes your car at the same is way better. Why? Because the polymer additive protects the finish and helps keep your car looking shinier for longer, so less washes are required.

In my experience, both processes (wax and no-wax) take about the same amount of time. You buff out the wax finish as you wipe off the cleaner, so there is no extra step required.

I don’t mind washing my car, but yes, less work is better. =)

Disadvantages to Using a Dry Car Wash Kit:

1. Washing Requires Effort

You already knew that washing your own car would be more work that having someone else wash it for you. You’re smart like that.

What you may not know is that a waterless wash & wax treatment takes significantly less time than a traditional hose-and-bucket wash – and then waxing the car afterwards.

2. You Have to Buy the Kit

Yes, washing your own car can save you a lot of money over the long run, but the supplies aren’t free. But you probably already knew this as well.

That said, no fancy cleaning equipment is needed, and you don’t have to know what you’re doing to use this special wash style. Cars still come out looking great.

What to Look for in a Waterless Wash and Wax Kit:

Go with All-Natural

All natural car cleaning products typically will not irritate eyes or skin, and they can be used on a variety of different surfaces such as leather, countertops and appliances. (They provide a great value because they can be used for so many clean-up jobs!)

  • Water-Based
  • Petroleum-Free
  • Biodegradable

Other Key Factors

  • No Ammonia or Alcohol (that can damage car finishes)
  • A Product that can be used on wet and dry surfaces (more versatile)
  • A Cleaner that is safe to use on all or most surfaces (better value)

What Should You Pay?

There are high-quality waterless wash/wax kits out there that cost less than $2/wash. You don’t need to spend any more than that, so I don’t recommend that most people do (unless you are looking for a specialty product).

Buying in larger quantities or pre-made packages are a good way to also get the cost down on more expensive products. I have listed some of the top-rated products below. They are also available in smaller versions but they cost more per wash when you buy the smaller amount, of course.


3D Waterless Car Wash, 1 Gallon
94¢/wash

approx 32 washes

Waterless Wash Wax Kit
97¢/wash

(w/cloths, sponge & spray)
approx 36 washes

Chemical Guys Waterless Car Wash, 1 Gallon
91¢/wash

approx 32 washes

PS: Don’t put microfiber towels in dryer where they can collect lint from other items. High heat and fabric softeners can also cause them to lose their electrostatic charge which makes them so effective at cleaning. I hand-rinse my washing towels when I am done using them. It takes virtually no time at all.