There’s nothing quite like that squeaky clean feeling after a good old car wash.

However, with the average garden hose pipe using around 10 gallons of water per minute, you could be using a lot more than you need to get your car looking super clean again.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a few handy tips to help you get the best car wash results, without using excessive amounts of water.

Wash your car more often

At a glance, this point may sound rather strange, but there is logic in our madness. For instance, if you don’t wash your car for months, it will start to build up a lot of dirt.

Whereas if you do it once a week, it’ll take less time, water, and effort to maintain.

Use a car wash bucket

Using a hose pipe might be the simple solution, but it’s one of the main reasons why we all use too much water when washing our car in the first place.

Instead of using it to rinse and clean, just fill up a bucket with water and only resort to the hose pipe for a quick ten second once over to remove any suds.

Alternatively, you could try the Karcher Pressure Washer Suction Hose, as you can place it in a bucket of water and still get the same powerful car washing results you’d usually expect when attaching it to a hose pipe.

Karcher Pressure Washer Suction Hose 909747

If you need a quality bucket with a big capacity, the Halfords 10 litre Bucket is super cheap and will do the trick.

Halfords 10 Litre Bucket 616940

Try a waterless car wash

One of the easiest ways to keep that ‘just cleaned’ appearance on the go, is to use a waterless wash. At Halfords, we have multiple options for those who want to go down the waterless wash route.

Armor Waterless Wash & Wax Spray is one option. Simply apply the spray to the body of the car, wipe it off using a Halfords Microfibre Cloth and hey presto.

Armor All 500ml Waterless Wash & Spray

The Armor Waterless Wash & Wax Spray is ideal for removing dust, fingerprints, water spots and bird poo, plus it also helps enhance the colour of your car in the long-run.

Another great option is the Shift Waterless Wash, a simple solution for fuss-free car cleaning. The Shift Waterless Wash can be used on a variety of surfaces, creating a hydrophobic ceramic coating to prevent dirt from sticking to the exterior.

Auto Finesse Shift Waterless Wash 676374

The formula is designed to break down dirt and grime, making it easy to simply wipe away with a microfibre towel.

If you’re constantly on the road and don’t have access to a hose pipe or any means of water to give your car a proper once over, these products are an absolute must.

Quick, simple, water-free and much better for the environment.

Finish in style

With a normal car wash, we usually use the hose pipe again to remove any extra soap from the car. However, you won’t need to use as much water or soap in the first place if you have the Turtle Wax – Wax it Wet Spray Wax at your disposal.

Turtle Wax - Wax it Wet Spray Wax 500ML 295985

It’s perfect for maintaining your car’s paintwork and can be applied within minutes. By applying it and wiping it off, you’ll achieve the squeaky clean look you desire without having to scrub your car tirelessly with gallons of water.


That concludes our few simple tips on how to wash your car using less water. Not only do these tips provide a more efficient car washing experience, but it also helps you do your bit for the environment.

Remember, if your want the best car washing tips, you want Halfords.