Griot’s Spray-On Car Wash: My Experience & the Cost

Griot's Spray-On Car Wash Kit with 3 Microfiber TowelsSimilar to other waterless car wash kits, Griot’s Spray-On Car Wash offers an easy way to clean and shine your car without using water.

This kit comes with 3 high quality microfiber cloths that are washable and re-usable. I typically use 2 towels to wash and buff my SUV, so this kit provides more than enough.

However, I have found over time that having several microfiber towels is very convenient. I don’t have to wash them as often, and I use them all around the house for other projects as well.

Note: if you plan on buying more microfiber towels, don’t get the cheap ones! Read this article and watch the video to find out exactly which towels to get and how to wash them to keep them electro-statically charged and lint-free.

How to Get the Most Value Out of Griot’s Spray-On Car Wash:

With this starter kit, Griot’s gives you a high quality spray bottle that you can re-use. You can even adjust the spray nozzle to a fine mist so that you use less per wash and maximize the value of the kit.

Griot's Spray-On Car Wash in Gallon ContainerI use approximately 4 ounces of spray-on cleaner per wash, so one 35-ounce bottle gets me approximately 8+ washes. That breaks down to about $3.75 per wash. You may get more or less washes, depending on your vehicle and how dirty it is.

Griot’s Garage sells larger-sized gallon jugs that you can use to refill the spray bottle without having to buy another sprayer. The larger “bulk” containers are even more cost effective, so washes only get cheaper (about $1.35 per wash)!

Why I Started Using Waterless Car Wash

I first tried out waterless car wash after several summers of drought (I live in California). My neighborhood didn’t allow me to wash my car in my driveway, but I didn’t want to pay to get my car cleaned at the local car wash over and over. (My SUV is black and tends to get get dirty pretty quick.)

Once I started using a spray-on car wash, there was no going back. I don’t even move my car out of the garage to clean it anymore.

A lot of times, I find myself doing a quick clean-up right after I get home from running errands. I feel like it’s a very efficient way to keep my car looking good.

The fine people at Griot’s explain the steps to use their product, and they provide tips for better cleaning. Plus, they show how to clean an entire car without water in 21 minutes and 10 seconds.

My Experience Washing My Car with a Spray Bottle:

Griot’s Garage spray-on car wash loosens up dirt and road grime pretty fast after I spray it on the car. I can wipe away dirt easily and then buff the surface to a nice shine without a lot of work.

Microfiber Towel Comparison ChartJust like the directions recommend, I let the cleaning solution sit on the car for about 15-30 seconds before wiping it away. I work in small sections so that the cleaner doesn’t sit on the car for too long and cause water marks. It’s pretty straight forward and difficult to mess up.

I really like the fact that I don’t need to get out a bunch of car washing supplies or clear a large open space in order to clean my car. It motivates me to clean my car more often because I know it will take less time.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know exactly how their cleaning formula works. Although has some insight. However, it has great lubrication which makes easy to clean. They say that it forms a slippery barrier between dirt and surface of the car. Therefore, it will safely lift dirt off the surface and won’t scratch the paint on your car. It does not damage the paint.

Washing car with Griot's Waterless Car Wash and microfiber towels
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In my opinion, lint-free microfiber cloths really make a difference. Don’t use regular towels because I don’t think you’ll get as good of a shine.

I found out something different about Griot’s Garage. They don’t just label and re-sell their spray-on car wash, they actually develop, manufacture and bottle their car care products in their own manufacturing plant.

Get the starter kit here.