It's Friday, so it's time to dig deep into the GreenCarReports.com random roundup box. Today we have just one item, and it comes with an intriguing question: Could you wash your car with just a single glass of water?
That's the premise of a new product called Ecolo Green Car Wash, from a company in Newport Beach, California. Its website claims that 800 million gallons of water a day are used to wash cars, an amount that could provide 10 billion glasses of fresh water.
Washing your car at home takes an average of 100 gallons of water, says Ecolo, assuming a nozzle-free hose at 10 gallons a minute. Well, perhaps not if you're using well water, but we'll pass over that. Even commercial car washes, which aggressively recycle, are said to use 15 to 40 gallons per car.
Ecolo Green Car Wash - step by step
The secret to Ecolo, from the video, is spraying its mixture from a bottle onto the dirty surface of the car, where it says "special organic polymers dissolve the dirt particles on contact, lifting them from the paint surface" to avoid scratches.
Then the dirt residue is wiped off with a micro-fiber cloth, followed by buffing with a second (clean) micro-fiber cloth. Ecolo claims the result is a "highly protective glaze" that's hardly for particles, leaves, and other debris to adhere to.
For now, Ecolo Green Car Wash products are only available through the company's website, says founder Pierrick Bouquet. Ecolo will also wash cars on-site for $17 at business parks in and around Irvine, California.
We should stress that we have not tested the Ecolo products, but we'd love to hear from anyone who has. Leave us your experiences and thoughts in the Comments section, below.
The following video demonstration (minus all but 2 seconds of sound) from Ecolo's YouTube channel shows the Ecolo process being used on a BMW 6-Series coupe, the wheel of a Porsche, and a truly filthy Scion xD: