Can I use water to wash my car?

My car is absolutely filthy! Unfortunately, I don't have any soap to use right now. Can I use water to wash my car?

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Answer provided by
Melanie Mergen
Answered on Jul 07, 2022
You can just use water to wash your car, but it won’t be as effective.
If your car is covered in dust or mud and a hose is all you have, giving your car a rinse would be better than nothing, and higher water pressure could be a big help. However, using the right soap to wash your car makes a huge difference in breaking up the debris you’re trying to clear away.
You don’t need specialty car wash soap; you can whip up a DIY option with 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup dishwashing soap or baby shampoo.
Using a tool like a sponge, towel, or scrub brush helps create the extra friction you’d need to rub away tough spots or bug splatter— especially if water is your only option.
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