4 Tips For Choosing The Best Car Wash Soap

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If you’re searching for your next car wash soap on the internet, I understand your frustration – thousands of brands, varying prices, and loads of confusion. While there’s no way to filter the influx of car care products, I hope this article will provide aid to those looking to get the most out of their next car wash soap purchase. Believe me when I say there’s a lot of garbage on store shelves… so, without further ado, here are 4 easy ways to decipher the best from the rest.

How To Pick The Best Car Wash Soap


#1 | Always buy pH balanced car wash soap.

It may not sound like much to the everyday consumer, but it can make all the difference in quality results. A pH balanced car wash soap will ensure the surface remains at a neutral pH of 7 while other, more caustic, cleaners will leave a basic or acidic surface. Car wash soaps with heavy solvents (usually these are the least expensive) can even strip your surface clear of a pre-existing sealant. Do your car’s finish a favor, stick with a pH balanced soap.

#2 | Search for a heavy-foaming formula.

Foam is an underrated aggressor when it comes to cleaning your car, and most people don’t realize that it can do a lot of the cleaning for you. Essentially, foam loosens all the dirt, grease, and grime that has built up on your car since your last wash. Loosening these contaminants means an easier wash for you and a safer wash for your car’s finish. Foam also adds to a safer car wash by providing lubrication for your wash pad and/or body brush. You may want to grab a foam-gun hose attachment, too… they are well worth the small investment.

#3 | Avoid ‘waterless,’ ‘2-in-1 wax,’ and ‘deep clean’ product claims.

I’ve already covered why waterless car washes are a complete joke. A ‘2-in-1 wash & wax’ simply does not exist in the same product if you want more than one week’s protection. As covered in tip #1, ‘deep clean’ promises usually are bad for your finish and can be highly caustic (either acidic or basic). Stick with what you know works and don’t buy into gimmicks.

#4 | Consider the manufacturer.

Not all car care product manufacturers are created equal. A lot of the big names are simply chemical redistribution companies for bigger names like Dow Chemical, for example. While they do have great prices, they don’t always have the highest quality products. It comes down to ingredients and attention to detail, where more boutique manufacturers can provide better results in almost every aspect product development. More time with the products = better results… simple as that.

Recap: the best car wash soap

When shopping for a new car wash soap, your best bet is to get as much information on the product you want before you buy it. If a “super cleaning” car soap doesn’t tell you it’s pH level, promises unmatched results, and claims to revolutionize the way you wash your car… I’d keep looking. The best car wash soap will compliment proper car wash procedure by being pH balanced, biodegradable, and having a heavy-foam formula. While you’re searching, it doesn’t hurt to see what others are saying; a lot of products have terrible user experiences (smelly hands, dried out skin, etc.) and people are vocal about them. So before you buy, it’s always a good idea to search for reviews or check out what previous customers have to say about the product.

What do you look for in a car wash soap? Let us know in the comments!


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  • Renee

    So with all of this said… what product names do you recommend?