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Apple Polishing Systems is an environmental and eco-friendly auto detailer. Our first goal is keeping water runoff out of our storm drains while were conserving more water than ever! And use eco-friendly products.

We need to conserve water in San Diego and water rationing is something we are going to have to get used to. In fact, mandatory water rationing is in place in other parts of the country as well. This grim reality affects everyone who likes to keep their car clean. Since I own and operate an auto detailing service in San Diego I have looked hard at this problem and done a good amount of research. In my business, we have complied with the local water runoff and reclamation laws for years but now we also have to save water. I care about our environment and want to do my part to preserve our natural resources, so I looked at the alternatives.


This method can be done by almost anyone, doesn’t require any special skill and is inexpensive. There is really no such thing however as a completely waterless car wash since there is water in the car wash solution that you spray on the car. Also when you think about it, you will use allot of water running those dirty towels through your washing machine.

Those towels will degrade quickly and begin scratching the car’s finish as they deteriorate so you will need to buy new towels often. You will also develop a layer of sludge that will build up in your washing machine and will need to be cleaned regularly so you don’t spoil your nice clothes. This is a decent alternative but I felt I needed to look further.


This method does use much less water than a traditional car wash but it is designed for professionals and it is expensive. The systems are usually bulky and require power to run which will add to the cost of the wash and also be less eco-friendly. I can see how a detail shop might benefit from a steam cleaning system but it won’t work for the average person so I felt I needed to look further.

When I was looking for a water-saving alternative to our normal car wash system I had some criteria that had to be met:

It must save a substantial amount of water.
It must be as good if not better than the system we were using.
It must have a low impact on the environment.
It should be something that anyone can do.
If it could save time and money, that would be a bonus.


This method uses a concentrate that is mostly bio-degradable and it is mixed with less than a half gallon of water to wash an entire car. A pressure washer typically uses between 5 and 10 gallons of water per car wash. I tested this system extensively and had such good results that I started incorporating it into my business. The cars are now looking better than ever and it’s saving us time too. Car washes that used to take 45 minutes to complete are now being done in less than a half hour. There is no water runoff so it is compliant with all city and state regulations for our storm drains. The excess water can be used to water your outdoor plants without harming them in the least. It’s also less expensive since it is a concentrate and requires no energy to run.

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