9 Best Car Wash Soaps, Shampoos and Waxes for 2017

  • Written by: Amanda Myers

So today I'll be listing the best car wash soaps, shampoos, and waxes for car owners and professionals.

If you have been using household detergents to clean your car, I highly suggest that you stop and use car wash soaps and shampoos instead. Household detergents are extremely damaging to car paint or sealant. The harsh ingredients of household detergents strip off paint or wax off your car, makes your car look dull, and accelerates the oxidation process.

Waxes are extremely important. It is not only used to make your car appear shiny and smooth. Most importantly, you have to apply wax on your car to protect your car from dirt and other contaminants that could eat into your paintwork.

Finally, we will also include wash mitts and what kind you need to use to not only clean your car but to also protect it from scratches and swirl marks that you get from old towels or low-quality wash mitts.

We tried several car care products and after reviewing these products, we came up with a list of 9 best cars wash, wax and wash mitts.

I would like to point out that we use the internet and read product reviews and ratings during our research as part of our resources.

We felt that car wash, wax and wash mitts are some of the most important tools needed by car owners. This is why we created a few criteria to judge each product. Please continue reading to see how we rated each product and why we rated them as such.

Our criteria when reviewing a car wash

For car washes, we came up with a list of 5 car washes from different leading car care companies.

  • What are the ingredients?
  • Is it biodegradable?
  • How safe is the product? Is it pH-balanced?
  • Does it contain harsh substances?
  • How does it smell? Is it toxic?
  • Is the container too small for its price?
  • What is the recommended dilution rate of the product?
  • How slippery is it? How do you rate its lubricity?
  • How much of the product do you need to get excellent results?
  • How thick is the foam created by the car wash?
  • How long does the foam stay on the car? Does it easily dry or run off the car?
  • How well does it perform in a foam cannon and hand wash?
  • Is it easy to rinse and dry?
  • Can it clean? What kind of contaminants can it clean? Can it remove contaminants easily?
  • What is the outcome after wash? Did the car surface become shiny and smooth? Did it leave any residues?
  • Is it cost-effective?
  • Does it remove car wax?
  • How long does it last?

Please check the ratings of the following car washes below and click on read more for more details.

Product Our Rating
Meguiar's G7164
Meguiar's G7164 Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo & Conditioner - 64 oz. Review thumbnail FULL REVIEW HERE BUY HERE
Zymol Z530
Zymol Z530 Auto Wash - 48 oz. Review thumbnail FULL REVIEW HERE BUY HERE
Chemical Guys CWS_301
Chemical Guys CWS_301 Citrus Wash and Gloss Concentrated Car Wash (1 Gal) Review thumbnail FULL REVIEW HERE BUY HERE
Duragloss 903
Duragloss 903 Car Wash Concentrate - 64 fl. oz. Review thumbnail FULL REVIEW HERE BUY HERE
Mothers 05664
Mothers 05664 California Gold Car Wash - 64 oz. Review thumbnail FULL REVIEW HERE BUY HERE

Car wax: Carnauba-based vs Synthetic-based sealants

As for waxes, we only have two in the list. One is synthetic polymer-based, while the other one is carnauba-based. Waxes are basically synthetic or carnauba-based. We've selected the best for each type of wax to help our readers know what are the best waxes to choose from based on their needs.

So for those who are more concerned about bringing out the best deepest, richest tone of their car paint, we recommend the carnauba-based Chemical Guys Butter Wet Wax.

For those who are more concerned about the protection of their paint, the most durable with longer longevity would be the synthetic-based Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax.

Our selection of car waxes:

Product Our Rating
Chemical Guys WAC_201_16
Chemical Guys WAC_201_16 Butter Wet Wax (16 oz) Review thumbnail FULL REVIEW HERE BUY HERE
Meguiar's Liquid Wax
Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax - 16 oz. Review thumbnail FULL REVIEW HERE BUY HERE

Our criteria when reviewing wash mitts

Car wash and wax aren't complete without a microfiber wash mitt. Choosing a wash mitt is just as important as choosing a car wash. There are several criteria that we look for in a wash mitt because this is the primary tool that goes along with the car wash and wax. Choosing a bad wash mitt could result in scratches and damages on your car surface regardless of what kind of car wash or wax you use.

  • What are the materials used on the wash mitt?
  • Is it cost-effective?
  • Is it a microfiber wash mitt?
  • Does it have a good size?
  • How thick is it? Is it thick enough to do a good job on cleaning the car?
  • Is it highly-absorbent?
  • Does it get so heavy when wet?
  • Is it a scratch-free and swirl-free wash mitt?
  • Is it lint-free?
  • Does it easily remove dirt and other contaminants from the car surface?
  • Is it easy to wash the contaminants off the wash mitt?
  • Is it durable?
  • Is it easy to use?
  • How long does it last?

We came up with two unique options for those who are looking for wash mitt.

We have the Chemical Guys Chenille Microfiber Wash Mitt with the yellow microfiber noodle strands and the very affordable, simple yet effective Meguiar's Microfiber Wash Mitt. For more details on these two wash mitts, click on the links below.

Best selection of wash mitts:

Product Our Rating
Chemical Guys MIC_493
Chemical Guys MIC_493 Chenille Microfiber Premium Scratch-Free Wash Mitt Review thumbnail FULL REVIEW HERE BUY HERE
Meguiar's X3002
Meguiar's X3002 Microfiber Wash Mitt Review thumbnail FULL REVIEW HERE BUY HERE

Let's have a closer look at all of the mentioned products.

Meguiar's Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo & Conditioner - 2-in-1 car wash: cleaner and conditioner

Gave a 5-star rating for this car wash because it has an excellent cleaning ability that leaves a nice shine on the car surface at an affordable price. It is safe and gentle on your car because it is pH-balanced and it is excellent on both foam cannon and hand wash.

Mothers California Gold Car Wash - Certainly better than a dishwashing detergent

The product safely cleans without leaving residues. It is not bad, but it isn't great also. But it is certainly better than a dishwashing detergent. However, you'll need more of this product to get better results so the product will last for a short time only and it is more expensive than other products with similar performance.

Chemical Guys Citrus Wash and Gloss Concentrated Car Wash - Excellent citrus-based car wash

Just as expected from a citrus-based product, this product has great cleaning ability that results in a glossy car surface. It does not remove wax with proper dilution rate. However, it will remove wax if you exceed the specified dilution rate. It is a double-edged sword since you can use the product as car wash with proper dilution rate and wax remover by exceeding the specified dilution rate. Still, regular use of a citrus-based product can remove the wax at a quicker rate.

Zymol Auto Wash - User-friendly car wash

This product is made of coconut bark soap, banana essence oils, and other natural oils. I would describe it as the most luxurious car wash in the market. It is probably the best if not the best smelling car wash in the market that has great cleaning ability and makes your car shine.

Duragloss Car Wash Concentrate - Best hand wash car soap

This is the best car wash for those people who like to get up close and personal with their cars by hand wash. You can use this product by a foam cannon, but its performance as a hand wash is Top Rated. This product is primarily formulated out of mild surfactants and pH-balanced cleaners.

Meguiar's Ultimate Liquid Wax - A little goes a long way

One of the easiest, most convenient car waxes in the market. It is easy to apply and easy to remove. It is made of synthetic polymers which is why the product has great durability and longevity keeping your car protected from future contaminants while showing a nice shine on your car.

Chemical Guys Butter Wet Wax - Literally, easy on and easy off car wax

This product is carnauba-based wax. It is not as durable as synthetic waxes or sealants but it gives warms and depth to your car paint that you won't see from any other car wax or sealants. It is easy to apply, wet or dry, sunny or cold. So if starts to wear off, you can easily re-apply it.

Chemical Guys Chenille Microfiber Wash Mitt - Highly absorbent microfiber noodle strands

This wash mitt helps you clean your car safely and fast. The wash mitt is highly absorbent of soapy water. The yellow noodle strands easily attract dirt and wash it off in a plain water bucket. It has a big size which helps you finish cleaning the car in a few wipes.

Meguiar's Microfiber Wash Mitt - Most affordable good-qualityy microfiber wash mitt

The most affordable wash mitt with good quality. Unlike the other thick wash mitts, this product does not get heavy when wet. It is very convenient to use and cleans effectively without damaging your car surface.

Those are the best car washes, waxes and wash mitts that you can choose from that we carefully reviewed based on our list of criteria to make sure that we only recommend the best of all the products currently available in the market. Don't forget to click on "Read more" beside each product to get more details and tips on how to take care of your car.

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