How to Wash the outside of your Car

Before you begin, you will need

Wash mitt


Chamois cloth





A dirty car is not only unattractive, but it also cannot feel good driving around in one.

The key is to maintain on a regular basis, so it does not get out of hand.

washed car

Work from top to bottom, and one side at a time. Start out by finding a spot that is in the shade, and away from trees that drip sap or drop leaves.

This next step seems obvious, but it's better to be safe than sorry: make sure all doors and windows of the car are shut.

Once you have secured that the windows and doors are closed, it's time to get rolling. Put in some soap into the bucket, about a capful and fill the bucket up with water. The bucket should be filled up no more than 3/4 of the way.

Now set the bucket aside, and begin spraying the car down. Start with the roof and work your way down to the tires..

Next, take your sponge into the bucket of soapy water, lather it up and apply to the roof of the car. Once you are finished cleaning the entire roof, spray off the excess soap.

Then pick a side, either left or right of the car, and wash the full side, including the windows, fenders, and tires. Be sure to rinse the soap completely off prior to going to the next side.



the front, roof and back of the car should be washed in a "sideways" motion, while the sides of the car should be washed in an "up and down" motion. Try it out and you will notice a nice difference in appearance once dry.

Once you are finished with the sponge, toss it aside and give the car one final rinse with the hose to get rid of any water spots.

Take your chamois and dry the car thoroughly. Set the chamois (or towel) flat against the surface of the car and drag it along the surface to pick up any water spots. Start at the roof and work your way all the way down to the tires.

Once you've finished with the chamois, you're ready to wash the windows. Take the rag and soak it in plain water, and wipe down the windows. Dry them with a dry rag, or use some window cleaner and pieces of a balled-up newspaper on both the inside and the outside of the window.

Finally, give any metal or chrome on your car an extra rubdown to make sure you have gotten rid of the water spots.