Ask two people what they think about washing their car, and you’ll likely receive wildly different answers. For some, washing their vehicle is almost like a ritual, a time to zen out and give plenty of TLC to their beloved car. For others, it’s a chore and a bore that they just can’t wait to be over with. I, unfortunately, fall into the second category. Through all my car-washing experience though, I’ve learned that the higher quality car wash products I use, the easier (and quicker) it is to get the job done and call it a day. 

If you’re like me, this article is for you. After scouring the internet, I’ve found some of the most highly reviewed car washing products out there. Consider it a blessing from the car gods (and a sign that you should probably wash your car). 

Meguiar’s Gold Class Car Wash

When the market is oversaturated with an item, it can be difficult to distinguish the good and the ‘meh’ to the pretty great. You’re also left with a question of value as well – how much bang are you getting for your buck? Luckily, I found a car washing soap that hits the sweet spot between both. At only $10, Meguiar’s car wash does a stellar job at lifting away pesky grime, dirt, and other debris, and comes highly recommended by car enthusiasts and pro detailers alike. 

303 Wash Mitt

You can have the best car washing soap in the world, but without a good wash mitt, you won’t be able to do much. A good wash mitt should be easy to use, washable, and gentle on your car. 303’s wash mitt has a snug, hand-fitting design that’s scratch free. And, with it’s soft, microfiber strands, you’ll be able to get a deep clean every time. 

HOTOR Corded Car Vacuum Cleaner

Let’s take a break from the exterior to talk about your car’s interior for a bit. As much as we might not like to admit it, sometimes the inside of our cars are in a rougher state than the outside. Instead of paying to vacuum out your car each time it’s filled with dirt and crumbs, the easiest and most cost-effective thing to do would be to invest in a car vacuum. There are a variety of good models on the market, but we like this pick from HOTOR in particular thanks to its helpful LED light that can make cleaning those nooks and cranny easier. 

Aero Cosmetics Interior Cleaner 

Whether you’ve accidentally spilled something in your seat, or inherited a few stains from a newly bought used car, a good upholstery cleaner can be a lifesaver. This one is top rated on Amazon. It can work magic on both new and old stains. When it comes to handy car washing products to have on hand in a pinch, this is it! 

The Rag Company Car Drying Towel 

After washing, you’ll want to dry off your car to prevent any streaking. Using a high-quality, microfiber towel can help prevent micro scratches as well. These towels from The Rag Company are not only super soft, their waffle-weave pattern helps catch any leftover dirt particles. 

Car Guys Premium Wheel Cleaner

After getting the exterior of your car squeaky clean, you’ll want to make sure your wheels and tires are free of any dirt and debris as well. Remove brake dust and road grime easily with this Made in the US premium wheel cleaner. Plus, it’s safe to use on all wheel finishes, even plasti-dipped. 

Griot’s Garage 11153 Paint Cleaning Clay

The last item on our list of top car wash products is one for the more advanced car-washing enthusiasts. If you want to prepare your car’s paint for polishing and waxing, clay barring is an essential technique. This paint cleaning clay from Griot’s Garage is a great choice for removing sap, bird poo, and other contaminants. It keeps your paint as smooth as possible. 

Having the right tools makes any job easier. Hopefully with the help of these top rated car wash products, you’ll become a car washing pro in no time!

Claire Biggerstaff
Claire Biggerstaff is a freelance writer and photographer from Charlotte, NC. Her curiosity leads her to write about a wide variety of topics. On her off days, she enjoys reading Polygon articles, and curling up to a good YouTube playlist.

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    7 Comments

    1. what!?!?! no chemical guys !?!?!?

    2. I used to think car washing was knowledge that only the select few could obtain. I enjoy this article a lot. Not sure where I am on the car washing scale, whether its a moment of peace for me or feels like a chore.

    3. My car is well overdo for a wash. This weekends store trip I will be looking for the Waterless Car Wash mentioned in a previous article. Probably going to add that interior cleaner to the list. I prefer washing my own car for the more routine washes with a professional detail here and there. Unfortunately, being without a hose has made that a little harder.

    4. Using a clay bar on your car is one of the best ways to revive the original shine of your car. You will be amazed by the dirt and grime in the paint — even after multiple washing sessions. I highly recommend 3M products for buffing and and waxing the paint after you clean and clay bar the vehicle.

    5. If you have a black vehicle, an air cannon(air blower) is a must. Keeps you from getting swirls in the paint.

    6. These are some great products. For the clay bar, I prefer 3M’s synthetic clay bar, its easier to use and works great. I also like Chemical guys products.

    7. Washing your car is such a labor of love… and one has to be a specific type of person to care that much.

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