Car Care Tips – How To wash Your Car At Home


Washing your car can be quite satisfying sometimes and it also ensures that your car is getting a safe wash without someone else damaging its paint surface or any other part. Though it might be a bit time consuming to wash your car often, but at the same time you will end up saving quite a few bucks in a long run. Before you start off, you need to educate yourself on the proper way to do it. Also, there are a few prerequisites that you need to fulfill to make sure your car gets the best wash treatment. For demonstration purpose, we have used Maruti Suzuki Ignis for washing.


The Prerequisites:

Two Microfiber clothes, wash brush for tyres scrubbing, two sponges/wash mitts, washing shampoo, window cleaner, car polish, two water buckets, and medium pressure water jet.

Also, make sure your car is cooled down and is parked in a shady area before you start working on it. The reason being, the hot surface will end up drying the wash shampoo quickly and hence will make it harder for you to wash off the marks left.


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Step 1. Wheels First:

Start off washing with the wheels first, rinse off the wheels with a water jet, and do not forget to follow the two-bucket method. The two-bucket method involves filling one bucket with clear water and another one with the shampoo water and then repeatedly soaking the washing mitts/sponge in the clear water before dipping it in the shampoo water.

This technique cleans much of the dirt and muck from the washing mitts/sponge and hence reduces chances of scratches when you are using the same washing sponge repeatedly.

Since wheels are the dirtiest part of a car, you should always prefer going with the wheels first. It’s not a hard and fast rule you can also go either way by starting off hood, roof and finishing with wheels. But since wheels are dirty very often, all the muck rinsed off the wheels won’t land back on the car and ruin its already clean parts.

After following the two bucket technique on the wheels, again rinse off the wheels with the water jet and you are done with the wheels.

Step2. Followed by full body rinse and shampoo:

Rinse the whole car through-out using a mid-pressure water jet. This will lose all the body dirt and your car will be ready for full body shampoo session. A variety of car wash shampoos are available online, some are wash and wax while others are simply washing solution.

Start off shampooing the car part by part, starting with the roof, hood, doors and then tail. And as soon as you are done with the shampoo, rinse off the entire car again without any delay to avoid watermarks.

Step3. Soak up and polish:

The next important step is soaking up the water using a microfiber cloth and never let the car air dry. Use one of the clothes and gently rub on the wet body surface, this will ensure that there are not watermarks left and the car is ready for polish. Use another microfiber cloth for polishing and polish the entire car surface portion by portion, leaving the glass area.

Step 4. Window cleaning:

Do not use polish on the windshield area or any other glass area of the car, and use a separate window cleaner. This will wipe off all the stubborn bird droppings off the windshield and will clear out all your car windows like new.


  1. For best results use different washing mitts/sponge on wheels to the entire car surface.
  2. Do not use strong pressure water jet.
  3. Water used for cleaning should be cool, as high-temperature water or warm water might react with the car paint surface or get inside paint cracks and catalyze rusting
  4. Try not to move the washing sponge in circles, as it might leave minor swirl marks on the car surface.
  5. Never let the car air dry.
  6. The polishing cloth should be different to the soaking cloth.


Also read: How To Save Petrol While Driving Car – Filling Fuel Myths You Need To Stop Believing


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How To Save Petrol While Driving Car – Filling Fuel Myths You Need To Stop Believing


Filling your tank in the morning gets you more mileage

Good try, but no. The theory behind this myth is that petrol expands with heat – which is true – so if it’s cooler, you can fit more of it into your tank. But the fact is fuel is stored in tanks below ground where the rising temperature of the day plays no part in the density of the petrol, so fill up whenever you wish.

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Letting your fuel run low is bad for your engine

Nope. “The common misconception here is that if you drive on ‘the fumes’ your engine will begin to ingest ‘rubbish’ or sediment-littered fuel from the bottom of the tank. But the fuel tank is designed so that the fuel pickup always sips from the bottom of the tank, meaning it is always able to draw fuel. Contrary to popular belief, when you’re running low the quality of the fuel being used by the engine is no different to when the tank is full.”

Premium fuel makes your non-premium car run better

False. When we pull up to the pump, there are more options than ever; words like power and premium, and enough different oils and lubricants to drive anyone mad. And while it may be more expensive, it isn’t any cleaner or purer than regular fuel. “While it is less combustible, which benefits powerful performance engines, it won’t benefit the vehicles of most daily drivers as all types of fuel have to meet the same standards.”

My range readings are wrong

Unlikely: while the fuel gauge tells drivers exactly how much fuel is in the tank, range readings are calculated based on longer term driving patterns. It’s not always clear where myths come from, how they catch on, or why misconceptions can sometimes become the perceived rule. But now you know that following these myths would not get you to save fuel, but the tips below surely can.


Also read: 10 Signs You’re A Bad Driver


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10 Signs You’re A Bad Driver


Think you’re a good driver? Of course you do, you’re human.

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1. Not parking neatly – it’s inconsiderate to others, and you risk damage to your car from other people.

2. Riding the clutch – keep your foot off the clutch unless you’re actually changing gear. You need your foot as a brace, and you’ll prematurely wear the clutch if you ride it.

3. Taxi stops – coming to a halt with lots of brake pressure on so the car rocks back on its suspension as you stop. Horrible.

4. Fondling the gear lever – if you’re not actually changing gear, your hand shouldn’t be anywhere near the gear lever. Blokes love this for reasons we’d best not explore. If you think you might need to quickly change gear to deal with an unexpected situation you are wrong – firstly you should observe such that those situations don’t happen, and if they do, you’ll react with steering wheel and pedals, not gearshift.

5. Unnecessary stops – the mark of a driver who isn’t observing what’s happening, and then you’re just wasting fuel and brake pads.

6. Holding the steering wheel wrong – hold it at a quarter to three (not 10 to two) so you have good control, and don’t hook your hands inside the rim as you’ll be injured in the event of an airbag going off.

7. Harsh driving when cold – rough, harsh driving is bad at any time, but especially so when the car is cold and not well lubricated.

8. Following too close – not only can you then not react in time to problems, you also can’t see problems developing. You don’t get there any quicker, so settle down and back off.

9. Bad observation – Being surprised by things when you could and should have seen and predicted them from a long way back. Sooner or later you’ll have an accident.

10. Being distracted – not focusing on the drive and these days that’s usually mobile phone use. There’s a reason it’s an offence.

And the worst sin of all?

Not improving, and blaming others for everything. Every time you drive you will make mistakes, and you need to recognise them, identify the problem and improve.

Even if it “wasn’t your fault” – could you have done something to avoid the near miss?

Good drivers ask themselves that question as they know there’s no point having “I was right” on their tombstone.


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