The 10 Best Waterless Car Washes

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This wiki has been updated 18 times since it was first published in April of 2018. Whether you’re pressed for time, live in a drought-prone area, or simply try to be environmentally responsible, you can still keep your prized vehicle clean without the hassle and waste generated by a hose or bucket. We’ve rounded up a selection of high-quality waterless car washes, from ready-to-use sprays to concentrated formulas that will leave your ride with an immaculate shine. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Aero Cosmetics Quality

2. Meguiar's Ultimate

3. Dri Wash 'n Guard

Editor's Notes

October 02, 2019:

Waterless car washes are an excellent way for those who live in water-restricted areas or apartments and other accommodations that don't provide garages or driveways to keep their cars clean. The right wash for you will depend on your parking situation, cleanliness needs, and budget, which is why we've provided convenient sprays as well as concentrated solutions on this list.

While many of these selections are more than capable of tackling droppings, caked-on grime, and thick layers of dust, you'll get the best results if you use them before your car is extremely dirty, otherwise, the application process will be more laborious and less effective. It's also good to bear in mind that many solutions require you to immediately buff them off with a car drying towel before they dry, otherwise you'll be dealing with streaks.

We let go of our previous #10 Armor All Ultra to make room for Shine Armor Fortify, a choice that we feel is much more compelling thanks to its 3-in-1 formula and the long-lasting protection it gives. Aero Cosmetics Quality still commands our top spot because it continues to outpace the competition in terms of efficacy and ease.

4. Shine Armor Fortify

5. TriNova Gold Standard

6. Optimum No Rinse

7. Griot's Garage Spray-On

8. Chemical Guys EcoSmart

9. Green Gobbler Clean & Shine

10. Mothers 05644

Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
Last updated by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

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