Mothers 05664 California Gold Car Wash - 64 oz. Review

  • Written by: Amanda Myers

Have you been using a household detergent to clean your car? Yes, it cleans well but haven't you notice your car paint? Is your car paint becoming duller as you continue to use wash your car with household detergent? See, household detergents contain strong chemicals use only to clean grease and other dirt in our kitchen. Getting these chemicals in contact with your car paint makes your car surface look dull.

I highly recommend using a car wash in cleaning your car. Try it and you'll see the difference. Once you've tried it, I guarantee that you will stop using household detergents because you'll see the difference.

There are several car washes available in the market. Today, I'll be introducing the Mothers 05664 California Gold Car Wash - 64 oz. It is one of the best car washes in the market produced by one of the best car care companies in the industry - Mothers.

This product is also available in the following sizes: 1 gallon, 16 oz and 32 oz

What you need to know about this product

I would describe this product as gentle with great cleaning power strong enough to wash away dirt, road film, bugs, bird, droppings, airborne pollutants and other grime. There is nothing special about it but there is also nothing that I could complain about the product. Basically, it does what car washes are expected to do. I would describe the product's performance as average or normal. But certainly better and 100% safe compared to household detergents. It cleans well without stripping off the car wax or paint.

The solution is yellow, thick or gel-like with a nice bubble gum smell. You can use it with a foam gun or by hand wash but just to set your expectations, it does not lather so much compared to other car washes like Meguiar's Gold Class Car Wash Shampoo and Conditioner and it easily dries or goes down the drain but the product stays slippery. After washing, the car will look a little bit shinier than before without leaving residues.

However, I find this product too pricey for its size considering that you need to use more of the product to make it sudsier. Also, there are other car washes that clean with better results at a lower price.

Watch how Mothers California Gold Car Wash works


  • Rinse immediately to avoid water spotting.
  • Wash in a shade.
  • Use a water filter on your hose if you have a hard water to prevent water spots.
  • Use a second bucket for rinsing to clean off the dirt from mitt, cloth or sponge to keep the soapy water clean also known as the "Two bucket method".

Advantages and disadvantages

  • Leaves no residue.
  • 100% safe for all types of wheels. It is not hazardous and does not strip off the wax, sealant or paint.
  • Certainly, better than household detergents.
  • Easy to rinse and dry.
  • Doesn't have a wax in it but makes your shine after wash.
  • Nice bubblegum smell.
  • Forms a dense, lubricating foam.
  • May need more of the product to lather more.
  • Pricey for a small size.
  • Foam runs down quickly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can it be used in a pressure washer or foam cannon?

Can I use it on a motorcycle?

Does this have wax in it?

What is the car wash to water ratio?

Is it pH balanced?

How does it smell?

Editor Rating: 3.5/5

The product is a bit pricey for its average performance compared with other car washes that are sold at a much lower price. Yes, it cleans but I could find a cheaper car wash that cleans as well as it does or even better.

Buy or not buy: I highly recommend this product to all car owners. Instead of using a household detergent, use a car wash for better results.

If you haven't bought a car wash, try this. If you are not satisfied with your current car wash, switch to this. But if you are satisfied with the car wash that you have, I would suggest that you stick to it except if the car wash you're currently using is more expensive than this car wash.