Spring Clean Your Car

Spring Clean Your Car at Water Savers
Prize pack received. All opinions are my own.

Spring cleaning isn’t just for your home – it’s a smart thing to do for your vehicles, too.

A few simple steps can help boost your vehicle’s integrity and beauty while maintaining its value, plus you might even regain that new-car smell.

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Why you should spring clean your car:

1. Your car is a reflection of who you are
There’s no question your car is a reflection on you. Whether it’s all about horsepower, efficient gas mileage or four-wheel drive, your vehicle represents who you are, where you’ve been and where you intend to go. The design, form and function are extensions of your style and personality. So, if you haven’t given it a wash in a while, what does that say about you? You wouldn’t walk out the door without a shower, a shave and a little spruce up. (Would you?) So why shouldn’t you show that same respect for your car?

2. Regular car washes protect your paint job
That beautiful factory paint job will dull and begin to chip away if you don’t maintain it. Regularly washing your car and waxing it will help keep your car looking as good as it did when you pulled out of the dealer lot.

3. Professional car washes help maintain the value of the vehicle
You might be more inclined to spend money on engine issues than the car’s exterior, but stains and rusting can drastically decrease the value of the vehicle over time. Especially after a long winter, exposure to the elements can cause damage. Professional car washes thoroughly clean the undercarriage of your vehicle, where there may be a buildup of road salt that could cause corrosion to the car’s exhaust and muffler system.

From dirt and dust to grit and grime, give that car its reflective shine at a WaterSavers car wash. WaterSavers professional car washes use an average of 40 gallons of fresh water or less per car, according to the International Carwash Association. As a frame of reference, that 10 minute shower you took used 25 gallons of fresh water. WaterSavers washes also recycle and filter the water to prevent harmful chemicals from entering groundwater supplies that feed rivers and streams. To find a WaterSavers car wash near you, visit Washwithwatersavers.com.

 

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WIN IT:

ONE OurKidsMom reader is going to win a Water Savers Prize Pack!

·         Auto kit with jumper cables, gloves, flash light, reflective cones and other must-have tools ($45 value)

·         Sun-shade for protecting your car from the blazing sun ($25 value)

·         $30 Visa Gift Card

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This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on May 29, 2015.

Comments

  1. SweepyD says:

    It was interesting to see how much pollution gets put into the local system just by washing a car.

  2. Lisa Brown says:

    I learned that there is a WaterSavers location 22 miles from me.

  3. Lisa Brown says:

    Entered Hot Pursuit giveaway as lisa brown

  4. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I learned water that enters storm drains goes untreated

  5. steve weber says:

    I learned that there is a WaterSavers locations pretty much in every state.

  6. I learned that the nearest WaterSavers location is about 14 miles away. Too far to go to wash your car

  7. Karen Glatt says:

    I did not realize that when I wash my car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers! That is not good!

  8. ron schnell says:

    Looks awesome!

  9. Karen Glatt says:

    I entered the Hot Pursuit in Theaters May 8 | Tote & $25 Visa GC #GIVEAWAY | ends 5/22 #HotPursuit

  10. Margaret Smith says:

    I learned that the closest watersaver place to me is 18.5 miles away.

  11. Mary Happymommy says:

    I learned that there are 300 million registered passenger vehicles in North America.

  12. Mary Happymommy says:

    I entered your Hot Pursuit and Hand on the Mirror giveaways.

  13. Natalie says:

    I learned these car washes also use only 40 gallons (151.5 liters) or less of fresh water per car wash – less than the typical home washing machine.

  14. Elena says:

    I learned that according to the Alliance for Water Efficiency, the average home laundry machine can use up to 45 gallons of water per load.

  15. Elena says:

    I entered The Hot Pursuit giveaway

  16. Elena says:

    I entered The Hand On The Mirror | Book & $25 Visa GC giveaway

  17. Jessica To says:

    I learned that you can contact WaterSavers about car wash fundraising options.

  18. Courtney says:

    my son was just saying he wanted one of those sunshades for our car! 🙂

  19. heather s says:

    I learned that residential washing has led to 400 pounds of phosphorus and nitrogen

  20. Devon F says:

    I learned that By reducing water pollution in our communities, we are protecting our streams, rivers and water tables

  21. shelly peterson says:

    I learned that there is a Watersaver location 1.77 miles from me.

  22. Adrienne gordon says:

    I learned there is one 5 miles from me.

  23. Donna L says:

    There is a WaterSavers location a little more than 9 miles away from me.

  24. Ellie Wright says:

    I learned there is a Water Saver car wash 1.09 miles from my house.

  25. Geoff K says:

    I learned that a recent study of more than 5 million car washes revealed the rate of damage to be less than one-tenth of one percent.

  26. Thomas Murphy says:

    I learned WaterSavers® car washes use an average of no more than 40 gallons (151.5 liters) of fresh water per car.

  27. Melanie Montgomery says:

    There is one ten miles from me.

  28. harolde says:

    I learned that there is a car wash location only 11 miles away from me.

  29. Susan Christy says:

    WaterSavers car washes either recycle or return water to the environment cleanly.

  30. Kelly D says:

    I like that WaterSavers prevents water pollution and saves water.

  31. HS says:

    The water used in WaterSavers car washes is cleaned through filtration or treatment systems prior to returning to the environment, or it is used again.

  32. Rosanne says:

    I learned a cleaner car improves fuel efficiency

  33. Rosanne Morrison says:

    Hot pursuit $25 Visa GC giveaway entered

  34. Rosanne Morrison says:

    Entered the Hand on the Mirror $25 Visa gc giveaway

  35. David Fultner says:

    I fund that the closest watersaver place to me is 18.5 miles away

  36. Seyma Shabbir says:

    They have a watersavers within 3 miles of my house!

  37. Here in California, I hear that people are cleaning their cars with only two cups of water.

  38. Seyma Shabbir says:

    Entered Vtech

  39. Seyma Shabbir says:

    Entered Hot Pursuit!

  40. Starla says:

    These are such wonderful essentials that everyone needs in their vehicle. You never know when an emergency will occur. I learned that regular cleaning of your car’s interior can help keep away bacteria and other “bugs” that accumulate on steering wheels, gear shifts, radio buttons and other commonly touched places! How nasty!

  41. Sarah L says:

    You can prevent pollution – and save time – by using a professional car wash!
    Thanks for the contest.

  42. Kristen says:

    I like that they have a widget where you can search to find a Watersavers car wash near you.

  43. Kristen says:

    entered Kinderglo & The Hand On The Mirror

  44. car wash run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers.

  45. Dawn Monroe says:

    I learned that to stay a certified member each participating car wash must annually reaffirm that it is meeting the above criteria, including inspection by a licensed plumber or distributor member.

  46. Tracy Pryor says:

    I learned that there is a location 11.94 miles from me.

  47. I learned WaterSavers uses less than 40 gallons (151.5 liters) of fresh water per car. That’s less than most washing machines!

  48. DEBIJOT says:

    I learned there is a water savers carwash within 20 miles of my home.

  49. BeckyM says:

    I learned that the water used in WaterSavers car washes is cleaned through filtration or treatment systems prior to returning to the environment, or it is used again.

  50. Candice says:

    I love how much more eco-friendly they are, and how much less water they use than washing your car at home.

  51. Marci Wright says:

    They actually filter the water used to wash cars & clean it so it can be reused!

  52. Sarah Hayes says:

    I learned that washing a car on pavement can harm local waterways

  53. I didn’t think about the car washing chemicals being carried all the way from the storm drains to the rivers.

  54. Cathy French says:

    I learned that there are several locations fairly close to me. I had no idea

  55. Holly Thomas says:

    I learned the closest one to me is 20 miles away.

  56. D Schmidt says:

    Visited and I learned Did you know that the cleaner your car, the less wind resistance? That means better fuel economy.

  57. Marti Tabora says:

    I learned that when we wash our cars on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers. That’s a little scary.

  58. Petra Huffmire says:

    I learned that WaterSavers® members must use an average of no more than 40 gallons (151.5 liters) of potable/fresh water per car in conveyor and in-bay/roll-over systems.

  59. Ashley C says:

    The closest water saver location to me is 16.25 miles away. Its pretty far, considering the traffic in the area its in is horrible. However, I would use it if on that side of town.

  60. nickie says:

    I learned water that enters storm drains goes untreated

  61. heather eg kaufman says:

    The closest location is 11 miles from me.

  62. Cynthia C says:

    I learned that the water used in WaterSavers car washes is cleaned through filtration or treatment systems prior to returning to the environment, or it is used again.

  63. Melissa S says:

    I learned that Watersavers uses an average of 40 gallons of water per wash. I was really surprised to find that most washing machines use more per load.

  64. Darlene Owen says:

    I learned that these car washes also use only 40 gallons (151.5 liters) or less of fresh water per car wash — less than the typical home washing machine.

  65. David Fultner says:

    I will give to my roommate for his car.

  66. Penni says:

    I learned that there’s a Water Savers car wash only 6.5 miles away from me!

  67. Cindy Merrill says:

    There is a water saver location 11 miles away from where my home is.

  68. Maria Malaveci says:

    I learned hat water that enters storm drains goes Untreated

  69. Ann Fantom says:

    I learned that the closest Water Savers location is 18 miles away from me in Mahopac, NY

  70. Ann Fantom says:

    I entered the Hot Pursuit Tote & $25 Visa GC GIVEAWAY

  71. Cheryl says:

    I learned that “WaterSavers car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment.”

  72. Brittney House says:

    WaterSavers prevents water pollution and saves water.

  73. Jenna D says:

    polluted water has been proven to negatively impact aquatic life and ecosystems.

  74. amy pugmire says:

    i learned that residential car washing leads to 190 gallons (719 liters) of gasoline, diesel and motor oil
    400 pounds of phosphorus and nitrogen.

  75. Crystal F says:

    I learned that our local Auto Bell will do fundraisers for you. This would be a great way for our softball team to raise a little money. Thank you!

  76. Melissa M says:

    I learned A study by the City of Federal Way (Washington) found that residential car washing led to the following being released into their storm sewer system:
    190 gallons (719 liters) of gasoline, diesel and motor oil
    400 pounds of phosphorus and nitrogen
    60 pounds of ammonia
    2,200 pounds of surfactants
    3,000 pounds of solids

  77. Andrea Williams says:

    I did not realize that the car washes have a way of rerouting the polluted water to treatment before releasing to the environment.

  78. Jen Haile says:

    I learned that WaterSavers® car washes use an average of no more than 40 gallons (151.5 liters) of fresh water per car. All of that water is either recycled or returned to the environment cleanly.

  79. Soha MOlina says:

    When you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers.

  80. janetfaye says:

    I learned: Using a garden hose at home, you can use more than 60 gallons (227.1 liters) in as little as five minutes.

  81. janetfaye says:

    I entered Vtech Kidizoom Action Cam | #GIVEAWAY |

  82. terry maigi says:

    I learned that residential washing has led to 400 pounds of phosphorus and nitrogen!

  83. Lisa Kubin says:

    When you wash your car on pavement, the rinse water runoff — along with all the chemicals it contains — can go to storm drains that empty directly into rivers and streams. This pollution has been proven to negatively impact aquatic life and ecosystems.

  84. Leela says:

    When you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers.

  85. Leela says:

    I entered the Vtech giveaway.

  86. Jennifer Rote says:

    I learned that the nearest WaterSavers location is 17 miles away.

  87. Kathy Davis says:

    I learned that washing vehicles on pavement causes harm to local waterways.

  88. Lauren says:

    I learned that there is a Watersavers location near my house.

  89. Dawn Monzu says:

    I think I just learned how naive I have been…I had no idea that when you wash your car on the pavement, the chemicals and residue runs off into the sewers. There it contaminates our rivers, therefore hurting our aquatic life! Wow! I seriously didn’t know that! Thank you!

  90. mary j says:

    There is a watersaver location near my home.

  91. PuffyBiggles says:

    I learned that washing your car on pavement releases toxic chemicals into the ecosystem. Thanks for the giveaway!

  92. Pamela Gurganus says:

    I really like there is a WaterSavers location less than 2 miles from my home! I had no idea!

  93. June Lisle says:

    I learned that I could use the location section to find car washes near me in New Mexico.

  94. Maria C says:

    learned that there’s a lot of car wash location from my house & the nearest is only 2 miles

  95. Maria C says:

    entered hot pursuit & vtech kidizoom giveaways

  96. Kathy Davis says:

    I entered the Kinder Glow nightlight giveaway.

  97. Kathy Davis says:

    I entered the Hot Pursuit giveaway.

  98. Mary Cloud says:

    That the cleaner your car is the better your fuel economy is

  99. Donna L says:

    I entered the Hot Pursuit giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!

  100. KJ Skib says:

    I learned that washing vehicles on pavement causes harm to local waterways

  101. Jessica M. says:

    I learned from visiting the site that there is a location within 4 miles of me, now that is pretty cool! Thanks for the chance to win:)

  102. Denise S says:

    I learned there is a Watersaver car wash in the next town from me.

  103. Natalie U says:

    Learned that keeping your car clean improves fuel economy…I never thought of that

  104. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I learned that each car wash uses 40 gallons of water.

  105. Ancilla J says:

    I learned that there are 300 million registered vehicles in North America.

  106. Learned car cleaning helps your fuel economy

  107. Elena says:

    I entered your iSoda giveaway.

  108. Terra Heck says:

    I learned that WaterSavers® car washes use an average of no more than 40 gallons (151.5 liters) of fresh water per car. All of that water is either recycled or returned to the environment cleanly. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

  109. Kristen says:

    entered iSODA giveaway

  110. Jodi Kershuk says:

    I learned that a clean car gets better gas mileage.

  111. Jennifer Tilson says:

    I learned that there’s a WaterSavers wash within 5 miles of my house!

  112. Jennifer Tilson says:

    I entered the KinderGlo giveaway.

  113. Jennifer Tilson says:

    I entered The Hand On The Mirror book giveaway.

  114. Fawn H says:

    I learned that there are more than 300 million registered passenger vehicles in North America

    I entered the Hot Pursuit and iSODA giveaways

  115. Sarah Matos says:

    I learned that water that enters storm drains is never treated.

  116. Sarah Matos says:

    Enetred the iSODA giveaway

  117. Sarah Matos says:

    Entered the Vtech cam giveaway

  118. Kristen says:

    I entered the #ABFamilyTalk About Drinking giveaway.

  119. Mary Happymommy says:

    I entered this giveaway–http://www.ourkidsmom.com/have-you-had-the-talk-family-talk-about-drinking

  120. Pat B says:

    I never realized the effect washing my car on a driveway had on the environment

  121. Kate says:

    I learned that the water & chemicals you use to wash your car drain down into our rivers.

  122. Melinda Stephens says:

    I learned that nearly 1,500 locations worldwide are enrolled in the WaterSavers program based on their meeting water quality and usage standards.

  123. David Fultner says:

    With DogVacay Daycare, your pup
    stays in the loving home of a trusted,
    insured sitter near you.

  124. Seyma Shabbir says:
  125. Maria C says:

    I’ve learned that I do have a dog vacay facility near my area

  126. Ellie Wright says:

    I entered Family Talk About Drinking and Hot Pursuit giveaways

  127. I learned the nearest location is in Little Rock.

  128. I entered the KinderGlo giveaway

  129. I entered the iSoda giveaway.

  130. Desiree Dunbar says:

    I entered Hot Pursuit.

  131. Desiree Dunbar says:

    I liked that they talked about water pollution.

  132. Karen Glatt says:

    I learned that with DogVacay Daycare, your pup stays in the loving home of a trusted ,insured sitter near you,and that there are over 1,500 locations!

  133. Karen Glatt says:

    I can find a loving Dog Sitter near my home, and I can schedule book and pay online!

  134. Rebecca Orr says:

    I learned that having a clean car increases fuel economy.

  135. LaTanya says:

    When you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers.

  136. Daniel M says:

    learned the closed one is 2 towns over

  137. amy tolley says:

    Pavement Pollutes
    When you wash your car on pavement, the run-off carries the grime and chemicals into the soil and storm drains that empty directly into our rivers. this is what i learned ty for this best of luck to everyone

  138. amy tolley says:

    you can use BESTDAYEVER to try them for a free day ay the doggy daycare

  139. amy tolley says:

    i entered the kinderglo giveaway

  140. amy tolley says:

    entered the vtech cam giveaway

  141. Birdiebee says:

    I learned that using a garden hose at home, you can use more than 60 gallons (227.1 liters) in as little as five minutes.

  142. Jackie says:

    I learned that using a garden hose at home, you can use more than 60 gallons of water in five minutes.

  143. Jackie says:

    I entered the Have You Had the Talk? Family Talk About Drinking giveaway

  144. Jackie says:

    I entered the Hot Pursuit giveaway

  145. Ann Fantom says:

    I entered the Family Talk About Drinking $25 VISA GIVEAWAY

  146. I love the idea this system filters water used, and saves the environment, not to mention it uses less water than a washing machine does.

  147. The doggie day care is a wonderful idea. We rescued a kitten, his mom was hit by a car when he was really small and he has abandonment issues. At a year old, he still has issues. He hates cars, is so afraid when one passes by, and he hates being alone, ever. We do our best to not leave him alone for very long.

  148. Shakeia Rieux says:

    I’ve learned that using a WaterSavers wash ensures that you are using less water than regular driveway or pavement washing, and that all runoff water is returned safely to the environment.

  149. polly says:

    I learned cleaning your car regularly eliminates bacteria in your car interior

  150. polly says:

    I entered the Kinderglo giveaway

  151. polly says:

    I entered the Vtech giveaway

  152. Cheryl says:

    I also entered the $25 VISA e-gift card giveaway.

  153. Cheryl says:

    I also entered the iSODA Carbonated Soda Maker giveaway.

  154. I learned that these car washes only use about 40 gallons of water.

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  155. Robin says:

    I learned that using a garden hose at home, you can use more than 60 gallons (227.1 liters) in as little as five minutes.

  156. I learned that a clean car is more fuel efficient car! Interesting!

  157. Megan Scharlau says:

    I like that watersavers will help customers out with charity events!

  158. Pam H. says:

    I learned that Water Savers uses no more than 40 gallons of fresh water per care.

  159. I learned that WaterSavers® car washes prevent water pollution.

  160. Richard Hicks says:

    I learned that we have a place in Lexington NC that is listed

  161. Danielle Marie says:

    i learned that pavement polutes and there are water savers in many places.

  162. Julie L says:

    Washing cars at home led to pollutants from the pavement in the water.

  163. I learned that when you wash your car on pavement, the rinse water runoff — along with all the chemicals it contains — can go to storm drains that empty directly into rivers and streams. This pollution has been proven to negatively impact aquatic life and ecosystems.

  164. Michelle C says:

    WaterSavers® car washes use an average of no more than 40 gallons (151.5 liters) of fresh water per car.

  165. Michelle C says:

    Entered Family Talk About Drinking giveaway

  166. Julie says:

    I learned that a WaterSavers is close to me about 15 mins away I never knew..

  167. Rosanne Morrison says:

    Entered Have you had the talk? $25 Visa e-gift Card Giveaway

  168. brandy c says:

    I learned they offer fundraising chances.

  169. Erica B. says:

    It uses less than 40 gallons of water.

  170. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    I learned that there is one less than 4 miles away.

  171. I entered for the iPad mini.

  172. Marty C. says:

    I learned that there is one of their car washes not two blocks away from me. Also, decided I’m not being a lazy sloven when I let my car get dirty, I’m being a conservationist 😀

  173. K Johnson says:

    I did not know that the water that enters storm drains goes untreated!

  174. Anne says:

    Unfortunately, I learned that the closest WaterSavers car wash is about two hours from here. Still, we do use a car wash rather than doing it at home, since we live right on a bay and are very conscious about not polluting it.

  175. kyl neusch says:

    nearest one is 18 miles away

  176. Shirley Hicks says:

    learned there is none anywhere near me

  177. Melissa C.. says:

    I learned that According to the Alliance for Water Efficiency, the average home laundry machine can use up to 45 gallons of water per load. which was very informative

  178. Kim H says:

    I learned chemicals are washed to our streams!!

  179. cynthia Dawson says:

    I learned that they have a program for car wash fundraisers you can sign up for!

  180. sheila ressel says:

    I learned that WaterSavers car washes use an average of no more than 40 gallons which is less than less than when I use my garden hose for 5 minutes!

  181. sheila ressel says:

    I am happy to see how water wise WaterSavers is and to see there is one not too far from me.

  182. sheila ressel says:

    I entered the isoda giveaway.

  183. sheila ressel says:

    I entered the F-secure freedome and ipad mini giveaway.

  184. Tammie Venne says:

    I learned how the pollutants can hurt wildlife

  185. Valeen N says:

    I learned that the average home laundry machine can use up to 45 gallons of water per load.

  186. Stephanie Larison says:

    I learned there’s one 4 miles away from our house at Meyer Companies

  187. Angela Cisco says:

    I like that the recycle and reuse water

  188. Lisa V. says:

    I learned that residential car washing leads to the toxic chemicals being released into their storm sewer system:

  189. Tina Reynolds says:

    We have one about 12 miles from us Kwik Trip 414
    101 Schumann Dr NW
    Stewartville, MN 55976, US

  190. laurie murley says:

    I learned that A study by the City of Federal Way (Washington) found that residential car washing led to the following being released into their storm sewer system:
    •190 gallons (719 liters) of gasoline, diesel and motor oil
    •400 pounds of phosphorus and nitrogen
    •60 pounds of ammonia
    •2,200 pounds of surfactants
    •3,000 pounds of solids

  191. Janine H says:

    I didn’t realize the average washing machine uses 45 gallons of water!

  192. CharityS says:

    I learned that using a garden hose at home, you can use more than 60 gallons (227.1 liters) in as little as five minutes.

  193. Kim Reid says:

    I learned that nearly 1,500 car wash locations worldwide are enrolled in the Watersavers program!

  194. Robin Abrams says:

    I learned that WaterSavers® car washes prevent water pollution by routing wash water to treatment prior to its return to the environment.

  195. Francine Anchondo says:

    water that enters storm drains goes untreated

  196. Nicole C. says:

    I like the Take Action section!

  197. Rachel Travis says:

    I learned that chemicals are washed into our streams!

  198. Susan Smith says:

    I learned these car washes also use only 40 gallons (151.5 liters) or less of fresh water per car wash – less than the typical home washing machine

  199. Breanne says:

    Unfortunately there’s not any near me.

  200. Richard Hicks says:

    entered kobo giveaway

  201. Richard Hicks says:

    entered f secure giveaway

  202. Laurie Emerson says:

    I learned that pavement pollutes when you wash your car in the driveway.

  203. Charlene Kuser says:

    I learned using a garden hose at home, you can use more than 60 gallons (227.1 liters) in as little as five minutes.That is a lot of water

  204. amy deeter says:

    something i learned is that washing vehicles on pavement causes harm to local waterways

  205. Bryan E. says:

    Thank You for the giveaway…Water entering storm drains, unlike water that enters sanitary sewers, does not undergo treatment before it is discharged, thus a significant source of water pollution.

  206. Trisha McKee says:

    I learned that car washing does not have to be wasteful.

  207. Donna Kellogg says:

    I like that the water is reused . I think more should do the same

  208. jmahurin40 says:

    I learned that washing a car on pavement can harm local waterways with chemicals etc:(

  209. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    I learned that the nearest one to me is 45 minutes away but it’s on my way to work.

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