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I clean my car every week sometimes twice a week, I admit I have OCD when it comes to cleaning and I see my car as an extension of my house and I like it to be clean.
I normally buy car shampoo in bulk from Costco as they sell Simoniz apple scented shampoo but I run out a couple of weeks ago and Costco is a 40 mile round trip so I had to make do with what was in Tesco which was this shampoo. I can't remember exactly how much this cost but it was around £3 and the bottle contains 500ml. The bottle is pretty boring its white with a green label with minimal information on.
On the back of the bottle I am told that this shampoo not only cleans but it cuts through dirt and grime leaving a streak free sparkling finish each time. The product also contains a small amount of wax which will levae your car shiny and provide a protective layer.
To use the shampoo you simply add a capful to warm water and mix before washng your car as normal starting at the top and working your way down to the wheels last of all.
This shampoo is a creamy white in colour and it has a pearlescant appearance. It doesn't have any smell as such.
I find that when using this it is good at removing dirt from my car. Despite the fact I clean my car regularly I drive about 400 miles a week which means my car gets really dirty particularly in the winter. This shampoo easily cuts through dirt, grit, tar and tree sap.
The only negative thing about this shampoo is that it doesn't seem to leave a very waxy finish on my car, with other shampoos I have tried they contain a lot of wax and so I don't need to wax my car as frequently saving time.
Overall this is still a good shampoo and I would use it again but I will deduct a star as I found it didn't leave the finish I wanted.
Although I do take my car through the car wash quite regularly I still do sometimes wash it the old fashion way with a bucket of water and a sponge. This is usually at the weekends when I have more time to do these sort of chores. I bought this Triplewax car shampoo from Halfords and paid £3.99 for a 1 litre bottle which claims to do 30 washes using one capful to a bucket of water. I would say that I probably wash the car once a month this way so at this rate it should last me for two and a half years which is brilliant value.
As the name suggests it contains three types of wax which are applied to the car as it is being washed. It comes in a white bottle with instructions for use and with a screw cap which is easy to open. It also comes in sizes 375ml, 500ml and 1, 2 and 5 litres. The liquid is quite thick but is still easy to pour and I would describe the smell as a sort of chemical cleaning smell but it isn't unpleasant, but I do wear rubber gloves when I use it as I am not sure how it would affect my skin.
After I have poured the liquid into the bucket I just swirl it around a bit with the sponge until it lathers up. I will then use the sponge to apply the solution onto the car. I find that I don't have to apply much pressure unless there are especially dirty marks on there or presents from passing birds as the lather does seem to cut through dirt and marks quickly and easily. When I have finished I will fill a few buckets of cold water and throw them over the car, and find that this is sufficient to remove the lather and then finish off with a quick wipe over with a chamois leather.
This Triplewax shampoo does really do a good job and the finished results are far better than taking it through the car wash which always seems to leave smears and marks. It makes it look so sleek and shiny and looks as if it has just come out of the showroom and as it contains wax this seems to provide a protective layer preventing dirt and dust sticking to it.
I am sure that you can get much cheaper shampoo but I think that it is worth buying a decent one as it gives much better results. I will continue to use this shampoo and wash my car by hand as much as I possibly can for the following three reasons:
* It saves me money
* It makes my car look good as new
* Washing a car by hand can burn off 250 calories an hour which is a super bonus!
I am not keen on cleaning the car but it is just one of those jobs that need doing at least once a month as we have a white car and every bug splat or particle of dust shows up on it instantly.
The car shampoo that I regularly buy is Triplewax Car Shampoo because it is good value for money as it always seems to have 100% extra free giving me 1litre for the price of 500ml and it always gives good results. Triplewax Car Shampoo usually cost £2.62 from Wilkinsons but is currently on offer for £2.00 (June 20112).
This is how I wash my car, I assume this is how every one else does too, if my car is exceptionally dirty I will give it a rinse off with the hose before I start washing, once that is done I put one cap full of car shampoo in a bucket and fill up with warm water, the shampoo is quite thick and is coloured white, it smells nice and disperses easily in the water and bubbles up nicely. I then use a jumbo car washing sponge, I start on the roof of the car and work my way around the car a panel at a time dipping the sponge in the bucket regularly as I go, the dirt lifts off easily, for the more stubborn marks a bit of elbow grease is required. I clean the whole car with this shampoo, windows, wheels, bumpers and paintwork. I usually keep washing till the whole car is done and the bucket is empty, I then use the hose to rinse the car. The bubbles rinse away easily, lifting the dirt with them as they go and leaving behind a shiny clean car. I usually leave the car to dry naturally although the car shampoo says to dry the car off with a chamois.
I am very happy with Triplewax Car Shampoo and it lives up to its claims that it cuts through all sorts of dirt and grime, leaving a brilliant shine. It claims to add triple wax as you wash, to be honest I can't say if it does or not all I know is that my car looks great, when it gets wet the water beads up and rolls away instead of sitting on the paintwork and for a 13 year old car the bodywork is still in excellent condition and I attribute that to using a good quality car shampoo like Triplewax.
A one litre bottle of Triplewax Car Shampoo will last me for over a year, so I think you can agree that it is excellent value for money when you consider how much it is to take your car to be hand washed each month.
I am not sure what the Dooyoo quick ratings are referring to but I gave the Triplewax Car Shampoo top marks.
Thank you for reading x
Value for money, this is an excellent purchase.
The mistake most people make when it comes to soaping up your car is using Fairy Liquid. Now, if you do the washing up at home, surely you've realised that using fairy liquid dries our your hands???
Think about the effect this has on your paintwork right?
Ok so turtlewax is specially formuated to be PH Alkalined so it does not aciditate your paintwork. By having some alkaline, this acts as a fantastic lubricant for the later stages of detailing (seriously washing) a car.
Shampoos are designed to agitate dirt particles and make them easier to remove, a simple washing up liquid does not ahcieve this.
I personally prefer the Meguiars Gold Class, it's slightly more expenisve but as with all cleaning products you get what you pay for. Mix this with Poorboys bug/tar remover (£8 ebay) for the flies = one danm clean car!
If you're the average Joe and want to look after youer car without any fancy products, this is the one for you. You can pick it up for about £3 at woolworths which lasts about 50 washes :)
Faced with a disgustingly dirty car, and with Little Miss away and me on holiday, I was left with no choice but to give it a bit of a clean.
Surprisingly, once I had bought all of my cleaning products and had got started, I did find it fairly therapeutic.
This was my final piece de resistance once I had done the inside and now my car is all sparkly!
**What is it?**
Basically, it's a car wash and wax, and if we believe the blurb, it's the number one bestseller (I always thought this accolade belonged to books- how wrong I was).
It does apparently leave your car streak free (that remains to be seen) and the biodegradable surfactants will make a foamy foam which will lift off dirt and repel water from the surface. Great stuff them, because it seems I don't have to do a lot of work- it does it all for me.
**The wax and packaging**
It's a screw top bottle and the wax itself s a fairly thick cream liquid with quite an astringent smell- not something you would want to sniff too closely.
When water is added and it is given a bit of a stir and then used on the car, it really does go gratifyingly foamy. When this happens, I really do think that I am cleaning something.
**How to use it**
Get rid of all the loose grime and dirt using cold water, pour 1/3of a cap of the wax into a bucket and add warm water.Yes, these instructions are a bit misleading how big does the bucket have to be for optimum shine? I used what I consider to be a normal sized bucket.
Next, wash the car using a sponge (I bought one of those too) and then rinse and dry with a chamois leather
The 375ml bottle, apparently good for 23 washes cost me £2.95, so a good buy.
**What I thought**
For a car cleaning novice, this was surprisingly easy and effective to use, and I now have masses of Brownie points because I did something useful with the car rather than take it through the car wash which apparently scratches it!
The shampoo does foam up nicely, and it's not at all an odious task swirling those bubbles and rubbing a wet sponge on the car. After I washed it, I followed the instructions and rinsed it then used the chamois. The car was quite amazingly shiny and streak free. Of course, since the weather is pretty nasty at the moment, it didn't last too many days, but the thought was there.
I did use quite warm water- more towards the hot than cold, mainly because it was cold outside and even though my hands were encased in rubber gloves, cold water can still be felt. I think probably that the results are better with hotter water.
I would advise you to wear rubber gloves because I think it could be quite drying, as it's made for cars not skin, and since it smells quite astringent, I would imagine it has alot of nasty chemicals.
Overall, a good product which does work with minimum effort on my part- that's what I like. It's easy to get hold of, in car shops and some bigger supermarkets, and is very reasonably priced.
So, I still have sufficient for another 22 washes, but now that the cold weather looks set to continue, I think I will be using up the rest of the shampoo when spring finally greets us.
Thanks for reading.
Some of the boxes I had to check underneath were not relevant!
Triplewax Shampoo leaves a brilliant, streak-free shine with a protective layer of Triplewax polish / Easy to apply, suitable for all finishes.