How to Wash Your Car by Hand: A Visual Guide

Many people have no idea how to wash their car by hand and are always looking for a way to make it easier. This quick guide will show you step-by-step how easy it is to wash your car, so that next time you’re out on the road, you’ll know exactly what needs doing.

The “undercarriage car wash” is a way to clean your car by hand. This guide will show you how to do it.

  1. To avoid early drying and water marks, park your vehicle in the shade or wash it when it’s not sunny. Two buckets, a hose, a wash mitt or sponge, a brush, vehicle wash soap, wheel cleaner, and two microfiber towels
  2. Wheel cleaner and a brush are used to clean the wheels. Make careful to scrape the insides of the wheel wells as well.
  3. Using a hose, pre-rinse the automobile. 
  4. Use the soap bucket to suds up your mitt, and the water bucket to rinse it after you’ve scrubbed it and before you suds it up again.
  5. Scrub your vehicle from top to bottom. Washing areas should be kept small, and the mitt should be rinsed often. Keep your vehicle moist while you scrub to prevent water and soap stains by misting it with a hose.
  6. Remove the hose head from the vehicle and give it a last rinse. Rinse with a steady, gentle stream from the top down. To avoid water stains, let the water sheet over the car’s surface.
  7. Waffle towel as a dray. Apply little pressure and concentrate on absorbing the majority of the water. With the second microfiber waffle, do a spot dray. 

Ted Slampyak created the illustration.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to wash a car by hand?

A: It is not recommended to use soap as it may remove wax that protects the paint. It is best to wash by hand using water and a sponge or brush, but if this method becomes impractical then another way would be to spray your car with water and let it sit for at least five minutes before rinsing off all of the dirt with plain tap water.

How do you wash a car for beginners?

A: Soak the cars exterior in a bucket of water with soap and let it sit for a while before rinsing, then hose down to remove bubbles.

How can I wash my car without a pressure washer?

A: There are a few ways that you can wash your car without using any pressure. I would recommend checking with an auto-wash as they typically have cleaner chemicals designed for cars. You may also try washing your car by hand and then power cleaning it afterwards, or hose down the exterior of the vehicle to let some water flow through while scrubbing away dirt and grime on the engine bay before attempting to clean it with soap, sponge, etc. Another option is investing in a vacuum system like those sold at Home Depot which could be used instead of hosing down with water

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