Optimum No Rinse Car Wash

Optimum No Rinse Car Wash

Proper car care starts with a clean car.  Some automatic car washes do a nice job without damaging the paint, but not everyone wants to subject their car to those rotating brushes.  Washing at home is fine, if you have ready access to a hose.  Also, winter weather can put a damper on home car washing even with a heated garage.  What’s a clean freak to do?

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Inspiration comes from many sources, and I recently found mine in the Vehicle Detailing subreddit on Reddit.  This is a group of professional car detailers who share their best practices.  In that subreddit, I read about no rinse car washes that do not require a hose–just two gallons of water in a bucket.  I was intrigued, so did more research

Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine

Professional car detailers have all of the tricks to bring a nasty car back from the brink.  Since they do that every day, their own cars tend to get neglected.  Like the old adage ”The shoemaker’s kids have no shoes,” detailers don’t have time to give their cars the full treatment every week.

Almost to a person, this group highly recommended the Optimum No Rinse (ONR) for quick washes.  I bought a 32 ounce bottle from Amazon for $18.81 and gave it a try.

Wash Instructions

The instructions from the bottle are listed below:

  1. Add 1 ounce of ONR to 2 gallons of water.
  2. Soak Optimum microfiber towel in the bucket and wash one section at a time till the area is clean.
  3. Dry each section with Optimum drying towel.
  4. If surface dries before wiping clean, just wash again and dry.

dirty car wheel
clean car wheel

Personal Experience

Oddly enough, the only car at home that was dirty was my white Camaro.  It doesn’t show the dirt well in pictures, so I’m showing the before and after pics of my front wheel above.

I followed the instructions, thinking the 2 gallon bucket was not going to be enough.  To my surprise, it was.  Instead of the Optimum microfiber towel, I used my normal wash mitt.  Likewise for the drying towel, I used an old bath towel.

My car was dirty from driving it in the rain for two days.  It did not have any caked on mud or road salt, so that may be an issue this winter.  In those instances, I will either use a hose or go to my favorite automatic car wash.

The end result of my first use of ONR was excellent!  Shine and cleanliness was really good, and I only needed the 2 gallons I mixed.  In the future, I might fill another bucket with clean water to rinse my wash mitt between panels.  Other than that, this product is the real deal.

Final Thoughts & Questions

Based on the volume of ONR in the bottle, it should be good for 32 car washes.  That comes out to $0.59 per wash.  You can’t even buy a Costco hot dog for that amount.  This is a great value and the ONR wash will allow me to wash my car in the winter without flooding my garage floor.

Let me know if you have any thoughts or questions. Please email me at wct.billtaylor@gmail.com, or message me through the Vehicle Nanny Instagram or Facebook pages.

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