Updated November 16, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Car Wash Soaps

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This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in March of 2018. For auto enthusiasts, giving their prized vehicle a thorough cleansing can be a weekly ritual. Not only will the car wash soaps on this list maintain your ride’s immaculate appearance, they’ll help protect its value, too. We’ve selected high-performance solutions that eliminate stubborn dirt deposits while safeguarding your finish and providing a lasting shine. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best car wash soap on Amazon.

10. Turtle Wax Ice T-472R

9. Rain-X High Foaming

8. TriNova Premium Cleaning Solution

7. Aero Cosmetics Wash Wax All

6. Chemical Guys Wash & Gloss

5. Adam's Ultra Foam

4. Meguiar's G7101FFP Gold Class

3. Optimum No Rinse

2. Mothers 05664 California Gold

1. Meguiar's Ultimate Wash & Wax

Editor's Notes

November 06, 2019:

Many people don't realize that washing you car isn't solely about making it look clean for the next couple of weeks. Regularly doing so, especially when combined with a good wax job every few months, can help maintain your vehicle's paint job and clear coat, thereby allowing it to keep its value longer. It is important though, to use a gentle soap, like those found on this list, otherwise you risk doing more harm than good.

During this update, we removed No7 Professional Strength, as it is too harsh on the finishes, as well as the skin of the person applying it. Also, many people are disappointed that the buckets come half empty due to the product settling over time, which makes some feel as through they have been cheated. Additionally, 3M Clean-Up was replaced due to come complaints of it stripping away wax jobs.

Taking the place of the removed items we have Meguiar's Ultimate Wash & Wax, which comes from a brand often used by professional details and makes your job a little less time consuming, since it performs both actions in the name in just one step. We also have Adam's Ultra Foam, which is a heavily sudsing soap that is best used with foam guns. Its thick lather sticks to vehicles well, helping to pull off dirt and grime when washed off.

For those who periodically need to wash their vehicle without access to a hose, we have included Optimum No Rinse and Aero Cosmetics Wash Wax All, which don't require any rinsing after use. Because of this though, they are best for cars that are washed regularly and don't have a big build up of dirt.


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on November 16, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


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