Let’s face it, good car maintenance is sexy.
Wait, is that just me that thinks that?
Well it shouldn’t be! We should all find good car maintenance sexy. Because what is sexier than a nice, clean and well taken care of car?
But you know what’s even sexier?
Doing that maintenance all on your own! Whether you’re a man or a woman or it’s your first car or your last, being able to take care of your investment without paying someone else to do it for you is pretty darn attractive- and washing cars and changing oil can be a super cute and fun date, too!
With my parking situation on campus, my car gets super dirty, even despite parking in the garage when I’m home. So this list is going to focus on car washing maintenance, and not so much on the technical stuff (which varies car to car, as far as oil type goes, etc.).
I did some research on Google and Amazon and came up with the following list which should be a pretty comprehensive selection of everything you’d need to make your car shiny and sparkly like the first day you bought it! The bolded names of the products are direct links to purchase these items on Amazon, if that’s something you’re into. Right now, I’m still working on saving up money, but as soon as I can afford it, I plan to start hoarding all the car care stuff I can.
So, to start off my list is…
Shampoo & Conditioner! Just like your hair, your car needs a good shampoo and conditioner to wash all the dirt and grime off adequately. This Meguiar’s Gold Class car wash solution is a two in one, so what’s not to love?! It has solid Amazon reviews, and came up on a list of top 10 best car wash solutions, and I concluded it must be pretty darn good.
Next, of course, you’ll need 2 Buckets. One to put your soap in and one to rinse off the dirty and grime from your towel before re-soaping up. Anything will do, as long as it’ll hold water! If you feel like getting really fancy, look into getting a grit guard.
Squeegee‘s are very important once you’re done with all the washing. These long, flexible blades wick away the excess water to make drying a quicker and easier process, which is essential to avoid watermarks after a job well done.
Another fancy option that I’m a fan of is a Microfiber Wash Mitt. They look cool and seem way more fun and involved with the cleaning process. You just wear it like a glove, dunk it in the soapy water, and wash by rubbing your gloved hand all over the car. Simple enough.
Of course, if you’d rather keep things traditional, you can always go with regular ol’ Microfiber Towels. These will be useful for so many different parts of car maintenance, like applying your interior protectant (keep reading!) so go ahead and grab a few of these regardless.
A Waffle Weave Microfiber Drying Towel is another essential. As the name suggests, these are used for drying. They’re a little different than a regular microfiber towel, i.e. they’re waffle weave. Don’t quote me on this, but I believe the waffle weave helps absorb the excess moisture better. So get these. Because, again, water spots are a big no-no.
Wax is crucial for the post-washed car. Once you’ve soaped it all up, rinsed it off, and dried it thoroughly, you’re ready to wax. Waxing protects your paint job and theoretically help with dirt getting all of your car in the first place. It is suggested to wax your car once a season. This particular wax is a paste, but they also come in liquid form, which is all up to personal preference. I have never used liquid, but paste seems pretty easy to use.
Interior Protectant to keep your dashboard and steering wheel nice and pretty. This particular one also has UV protection, to help with sun damage. For me, this will be pretty important since I park outside a lot for school. It’ll help with color fading, and drying and cracking of the dash.
Windshield Sunshade, because why the heck not. It also helps keep your dash lookin’ good, but more importantly, in Texas summers it keeps you from getting third degree burns from the seat belts. Yay!
So there you have it, folks.
My car maintenance wish list. Hopefully this post inspired you to get out and clean your own car sometime, too, instead of paying someone else!
What are some of your favorite car care products? Is there anything about car maintenance you want to learn to do yourself? Let me know in the comments!