As the weather turns to more spring-like conditions every day (especially in Toronto), you’ll undoubtedly begin to see your neighbours out in their driveways washing their cars. But what they probably don’t realize is that washing your car that way is terrible for the environment.

For starters, a garden hose pours out about 10 gallons of water per minute. Even if you reserve the amount of water you spray and stop the flow when you aren’t using it, there will still be water going to waste.

Secondly, most car wash soaps contain chemicals. After you rinse the suds off your vehicle, the chemicals will run off your driveway and either end up in the soil or in the sewer. And while automatic car washes were built to reuse water and reduce the amount of soap runoff, they only dampen the effects of car washing rather than eliminating them altogether.

So what’s the alternative? Waterless car washing.

It may sound crazy, but by simply spraying a few squirts of an eco-friendly and biodegradable cleaning solvent on the outside of your dirty car, waiting a few minutes, and wiping it off, your car will look like you just drove out of an automatic wash, except no water or harsh chemicals will have been used. If you’re thinking that the process sounds as if it would just rub the dirt into your car and scratch your paint, you’d be surprised to find out it doesn’t. Check out the gallery below to see the process in action:

Notice the lack of water on the ground, and lack of scratches on the car?

 

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Eccosave’s mobile waterless car wash

How I came to learn about waterless car washing was through Eccosave, a local Toronto business whose owner, Simon Smith, was nice enough to give me the demo shown in the gallery above. Eccosave doesn’t just provide the car washing services, though – they provide mobile waterless car washing services, meaning they come to you – whether your car is parked at home, your office, or even on the street. Since it requires no water, and leaves no mess, Eccosave can wash a vehicle almost anywhere.

Their services aren’t limited to exteriors, either. Eccosave, using waterless car wash products produced by Freedom, provides full interior car washing services, including steam cleaning and the eco-friendly version of applying Armor-All on your dashboard and console areas. Eccosave also retails the products they use in their waterless car wash, for drivers who want to do it themselves.

If you’re a driver living in the Toronto area, be sure to give Eccosave a call. Their prices are very reasonable (between $20 and $25 for an exterior) and they’re a truly green business promoting eco-friendly habits for all vehicle owners.

Check them out at Eccosave.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/eccosave

11 COMMENTS

  1. My husband booked an appointment for my Lexus Hybrid SUV to be detailed. It is now that I understand the true negative long-term effects of this system.

    After my second service with Eccosave I found hazing and decreased clarity in the paint. My husband contacted a friend of his who owns a dealership and he stated that they were ‘swirl marks’. These are supposedly little circular scratches that occur over time/improper washing of the car. We explained Eccosave’s system to him and he mentioned that regardless of how much the solution lifts the dirt off the paint (to not scratch the car), the detailers must to some degree rub the dirt/grit/salt in order to get it all off.

    He told me to always look at the end result closely and directly in the sun. I contacted an individual who utilizes biodegradable and 100% natural products and uses systems to minimize water. He managed to remove the swirl scratches and confirmed my fears regarding Eccosave’s system.

    My husband called Simon (the owner) and told him regarding the issues and the end product. He stated that their waterless system IS water based. His workers may use anywhere from 3-5 large bottles of this mixture on a vehicle. He then went to defend his position, by stating that they have yet to receive a single complaint. After speaking to my girlfriend one block down, she said she was unhappy too!

    In my pursuit to be green, I found that there are many companies offering natural (and often edible) products. Please do not use this method.

    • Chelsea, thank you for sharing your opinion regarding Eccosave and the waterless car washing method in your two posts. I’m sorry to hear that you feel our services somehow damaged your vehicle, however, I must note here that our method produces fantastic results and has become a safe and trusted method in vehicle cleaning. We proudly service many clients who have come to love our method and whom would swear by the meticulous results it produces. The waterless car washing method has been around for some time now and is a viable green option for vehicle cleaning. To further clarify this method and the idea of “waterless” I would point you to our service FAQ’s section of our website: http://eccosave.com/eccosave-carwashfaq.html and our blog: http://eccosave.tumblr.com/

      The swirl marks of which you refer to most likely was not a result of our cleaning process since we do not clean vehicles using a circular motion. Additionally, I would like to clarify that one bottle of the solution used to wash the exterior can easily clean 3-6 vehicles (depending on the size of the vehicle). Prior to our launch in 2009, we completed extensive product testing to ensure we were able to deliver optimal results, each and every time.

      We value all customer feedback and I would be pleased to discuss this with you further, unfortunately, I was not able to locate your contact information in our client database so please feel free to reach out to me directly at ssmith [@] eccosave.com.

      Simon

  2. I’ve used Eccosave’s services but realized the negative long-term effects of this system. I utilized their services on my Lexus Hybrid SUV.

    After my second service with Eccosave I found hazing and decreased clarity in the paint. I contacted a friend of mine who owns a dealership and he stated that they were ‘swirl marks’. These are supposedly little circular scratches that occur over time/improper washing of the car. I explained Eccosave’s system to him and he mentioned that regardless of how much the solution lifts the dirt off the paint (to not scratch the car), the detailers must to some degree rub the dirt/grit/salt in order to get the liquid off.

    He told me to always look at the end result closely and directly in the sun. I contacted an individual who utilizes biodegradable and 100% natural products and uses systems to minimize water. He managed to remove the swirl scratches and confirmed my fears regarding Eccosave’s system.

    In my pursuit to be green, I found that there are many companies offering natural (and often edible) products. Please do not use this method, it is nothing more than a fad/will cause damage over time to the shine of your paint.

  3. I received a gift certificate for Eccosave for my birthday almost two years ago and I’ve been using their services ever since. I absolutely love the fact they can do such a good job cleaning my car without a pressure washer! The solution they use also makes my car stay clean for longer. Even after it rains it looks like it was just washed. I have no problems with my paint whatsoever.

    I would recommend Eccosave to anyone who likes a clean car and is conscious of the environment

  4. I am a Eccosave client and the company has over exceeded my expectations. The product is simply amazing and best of all safe for my family, for earth, and and saving water. My SUV looked brand new, the product left a nice gloss and waxy shine that I haven’t seen in years to my vehicle. I even purchased Eccosave product because I was so impressed. The team and service is reliable, professional and really does excellent detailing work.

  5. DId a great job on my car. I got a car wash and an interior clean, and it looks as new as the day i drove it off the lot. Not sure what Chelsea’s problem is but mine definitely does not have swirl marks.

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