Hold the Water, Please

A waterless car wash? It sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s for real. Lucky Earth created an eco-friendly way to clean your ride without pouring gallons of soapy water down the drain. It’s easy, effective and thoroughly nontoxic. The inventors are Lisa and Jeff Peri, who went looking for chemical-free car cleaning products that wouldn’t harm their daughter Kayla, who suffers from a chemical sensitivity disorder. When they couldn’t find any, they solved the problem on their own. Their Lucky Earth kit includes a 32 oz. spray cleaner (enough for 7 to 10 washes), a non-petroleum wheel cleaner, and four microfiber towels. The spray cleaner uses natural surfactants derived from coconut to break up surface dirt and grime, while silicone allows the residue to be whisked away without scratching and leaves a smooth, glossy finish. Lucky Earth's cleaner can also be used inside cars (and boats) on the dashboard, leather seats, doors and any other non-fabric surfaces. A typical commercial car wash uses 20 to 45 gallons of water, and a DIY car wash in the driveway uses a whopping 80 to 140 gallons of water. But with Lucky Earth, you don't even need to turn on the hose -- a handy feature as summer gets underway and water bans go into effect. Lucky Earth is safe for you and safe for the environment. It’s a great way to clean up.

Lucky Earth

Waterless Car Wash

Hold the Water, Please

A waterless car wash? It sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s for real. Lucky Earth created an eco-friendly way to clean your ride without pouring gallons of soapy water down the drain. It’s easy, effective and thoroughly nontoxic. The inventors are Lisa and Jeff Peri, who went looking for chemical-free car cleaning products that wouldn’t harm their daughter Kayla, who suffers from a chemical sensitivity disorder. When they couldn’t find any, they solved the problem on their own. Their Lucky Earth kit includes a 32 oz. spray cleaner (enough for 7 to 10 washes), a non-petroleum wheel cleaner, and four microfiber towels. The spray cleaner uses natural surfactants derived from coconut to break up surface dirt and grime, while silicone allows the residue to be whisked away without scratching and leaves a smooth, glossy finish. Lucky Earth's cleaner can also be used inside cars (and boats) on the dashboard, leather seats, doors and any other non-fabric surfaces. A typical commercial car wash uses 20 to 45 gallons of water, and a DIY car wash in the driveway uses a whopping 80 to 140 gallons of water. But with Lucky Earth, you don't even need to turn on the hose -- a handy feature as summer gets underway and water bans go into effect. Lucky Earth is safe for you and safe for the environment. It’s a great way to clean up.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jeff
    Jeff

    Kayla is six years old, now, and doing fine now that we’ve switched over to chemical free cleaning. Even if you don’t have a chemical sensitivity like my daughter, why use harsh chemicals when there is an effective alternative? With Lucky Earth Waterless Car Wash products your car will sparkle and you won’t be wasting water. It's easy to use and will save you time and money. Watch the video, see how it works, and let me know if you have any questions!

  • Kate
    Kate
    6/11/2010 12:14 PM

    Do you use this on the windows, too?

  • Jeff
    Jeff – Special Guest
    6/11/2010 12:25 PM

    Hi Kate. Yes, you can use it on windows. Because it has silicone you will need to be more diligent when buffing out windows. You can use it on every part of your car including chrome, trim, dashboard, consul, tires, rims, lights, vinyl, plastic, rubber and more. You could use it on fabric and it actually works very well but, you really don't want a build up of silicone so, you should try our Wow! Upholstery and Carpet Cleaner for that. Interestingly enough, we have many customers who use it for their home windows because they particularly like the results. Even though our product is intended for automotive care, people use it to clean granite counters, appliances and furniture.

  • Greg Stern
    Greg Stern
    6/11/2010 1:39 PM

    This is Great! Do you have it available in bulk refill sizes, as a business we have trucks, cargo trailers & cars, all that need washing almost weekly. Is it safe on overlay advertising wraps?

  • barbara
    barbara
    6/11/2010 1:49 PM

    Great way to get the kids to wash the car, too! Love that cool "Recycle" shirt, too, Jen.

  • Jeff
    Jeff – Special Guest
    6/11/2010 2:07 PM

    Hi Greg, yes it is completely safe for overlays and we do have bulk pricing for business. I can put you contact with our Director of US Sales who would be happy to help. I will check with Daily Grommet for your contact info of that is okay? Or if you feel more comfortable you can email us at [email protected] and we will get you in contact with the appropriate person.

  • Jeff
    Jeff – Special Guest
    6/11/2010 2:26 PM

    Hi Barbara, totally great for the kids! It's so easy. No need for bucket, hose, soap, chamoises etc. Just the Lucky Earth spray bottle and some microfiber towels and they're good to go. They can even do it in the garage because there are no VOCs. It's car wash for the new generation. Now if I could only get my girls to do it ;)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/11/2010 2:33 PM

    I'm glad that you were able to figure out what was making Kayla so sick. That must have been a scary period in your life. I've heard horror stories where a child was diagnosed with something terminal, when it was really just a reaction to cleaning products. I'm so glad there are effective alternatives and thank you for bringing this one to the market!

  • Jeff
    Jeff – Special Guest
    6/11/2010 3:03 PM

    Just so you know, the savings are actually much bigger than what is presented in the video. It comes out to $5 per wash for the initial Lucky Earth kit but, once you have the microfiber towels you won't have to replace them for up to 100 washes. Furthermore, the Tire Shine will practically last forever :) So considering that, we estimate that each wash will only cost you about $2 a wash depending on the size of your vehicle and how dirty it is.

  • Jeff
    Jeff – Special Guest
    6/11/2010 3:37 PM

    Hi Katherine, thank you. Yes, it was a very trying time. We didn't know what was wrong for about two years. Constant flu, viruses, impacted sinuses and two bouts of pneumonia; she had rashes all over her body and none of the pediatricians could figure out what it was so they ended up contacting the CDC for help. Thus CDC was stumped. Finally, we went to an immunologist/allergist who tested her for everything with no reaction. At the time time she had a white blood cell count of a person with Leukemia but with no signs of cancer. No one could figure it out. It was very scary to see our daughter in constant pain. Happened to be that the immunologist, Dr. Rita Kachru was doing a study on rhinitis and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. She told us to remove all the cleaners from our house. Mind you, we were the type of family that believed if it wasn't Pine-Sol fresh it wasn't clean. Nonetheless we did what she requested because we were so desperate. Four days later we had new kid. Healthy, happy, no bags under her eyes and we could finally hear her real voice. BTW, Dr. Kachru is on our advisory board. We thank the Daily Grommet for helping support Lucky Earth and a healthier lifestyle.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/11/2010 3:38 PM

    Jeff - my heart goes out to you! I cannot imagine having gone through that. I'm so glad your story has a happy ending!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer – Grommet Team
    6/11/2010 3:56 PM

    @barbara Thanks for the compliment on the t-shirt and I agree that it is easy to get the kids involved in helping wash the car. Less water, less soap and still fun!

  • Jeff
    Jeff – Special Guest
    6/11/2010 4:28 PM

    Katherine, as you can see from the photo, Kayla is doing doing great! Healthy and happy.

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly
    6/11/2010 6:08 PM

    This sounds like a wonderful product. I always love to save water...especially here in south FL during the summer droughts. But is there a chance that by wiping off the dirt & grime that the grit will scratch the paint?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/11/2010 8:09 PM

    @Kimberly - we've forwarded your question on to Jeff who would have more experience with this. Great question, thank you for posting!

  • Debbie
    Debbie
    6/12/2010 9:20 AM

    We live in New Orleans and have been here since 1998. Is there any other application for using this cleanser other than just for automobiles? I am asking b/c when making our hurrican prep kits, we look for items that require no water and have very few chemicals for 'clean up' etc. Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/12/2010 11:01 AM

    @Debbie - in Jeff's first response above, he mentions that people have used it for granite counters, appliances and furniture, too, so it sounds like a versatile product. When he has a chance to stop back he'll comment on other applications as well. It does sound like it could be an ideal product to have in your prep kit!

  • Jeff
    Jeff – Special Guest
    6/14/2010 10:23 AM

    Hi Kimberly, Great question! This is the first thing most people think about...of course saving water is important but the priority has always been cleaning your car effectively and safely...frankly, who is going to use an eco-friendly product that doesn't address the proper application. You may notice that if you wash your car with water that after some time you will see the ubiquitous feather scrathces and swirls common to traditional washing; this is exactly because water is acting as the lubricant. You wet your car and spread the soap, rubbing all the grit and grime into your clear coat. Car buffs will polish and wax cars to hide and fill in these feather scratches. Lucky Earth "Waterless" Car Wash uses a silicone which is a much better lubricant than water; you spray the soap and silicone lubricant which will immediately start breaking down the dirt, grease and grim. It then encapsulates the grease and grim so that when you sweep off the dirt it slides off. Unlike conventional washing, you are not grinding the dirt into the surface. Of course at some level (microscopic) there can be scratching but Lucky Earth is far superior to water washing and the silicone has the added benefit of giving your car a polished look. We have tested our products on vehicles, using nothing but our product for 3 years with no visible scratching. Our product has been tested by Toyota-Lexus and SMART USA...they love it. We are now the official car wash of SMART Car. Try it and I'm sure you will be wowed!

  • Jeff
    Jeff – Special Guest
    6/15/2010 10:35 AM

    @debbie Yes, Kimberly is right on. The application is for automobiles but it can be used for cleaning many other items. The Lucky Earth Car Wash is non-toxic and VOC free. We have had customers tell us they use it on their home windows, counters etc. I would refrain from using it on floors since it does contain silicone which is a lubricant. We also have another great product called Wow! Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner which is basically a degreaser that is also non-toxic. I actually used it on a new suede shoe; I got a big grease mark on it. I sprayed some Wow! on it, rub it off with a towel and viola! it was as good as new. Considering the oil spill in the gulf, it may come in handy!

  • Karl
    Karl
    8/28/2010 12:29 AM

    Right on Lucky Earth! I have been on a crusade with my customers to educate them about this type of product. I have been using my "waterless" clean and protect formula for over 3 years (it has a acrylic polymer additive that helps protect against ordinary scuffs and scratches). Waterless products like this save precious water, nothing goes down the storm drains into our ocean, rivers and lakes that harms the creatures that live in those habitats (I have been surfing for 20 yrs in San Diego CA so I appreciate not having car oil and soap residue in the water I "drink" occasionally!)

    This type of modern product should be in every garage! While washing a car with water may be necessary once and a while, 90% of your exterior paint finish cleaning jobs should be with a waterless product. Hey for the price of a grande coffee at Starbucks you can have your car clean and shine like it was just waxed...in less than 15 minutes!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/28/2010 12:43 AM

    @Karl - thanks for stopping by and sharing your endorsement of a waterless car washing option!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Lucky Earth

Waterless Car Wash

Hold the Water, Please

A waterless car wash? It sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s for real. Lucky Earth created

an eco-friendly way to clean your ride without pouring gallons of soapy water down the

drain. It’s easy, effective and thoroughly nontoxic.

The inventors are Lisa and Jeff Peri, who went looking for chemical-free car cleaning

products that wouldn’t harm their daughter Kayla, who suffers from a chemical sensitivity

disorder. When they couldn’t find any, they solved the problem on their own. Their Lucky

Earth kit includes a 32
oz. spray cleaner (enough for 7 to 10 washes), a non-petroleum

wheel cleaner, and four microfiber towels. The spray cleaner uses natural surfactants

derived from coconut to break up surface dirt and grime, while silicone allows the residue

to be whisked away without scratching and leaves a smooth, glossy finish. Lucky Earth's

cleaner can also be used inside cars (and boats) on the dashboard, leather seats, doors and

any other non-fabric surfaces.

A typical commercial car wash uses 20 to 45 gallons of water, and a DIY car wash in the

driveway uses a whopping 80 to 140 gallons of water. But with Lucky Earth, you don't

even need to turn on the hose -- a handy feature as summer gets underway and water bans

go into effect. Lucky Earth is safe for you and safe for the environment. It’s a great way to

clean up.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jeff
    Jeff

    Kayla is six years old, now, and doing fine now that we’ve switched over to chemical free cleaning. Even if you don’t have a chemical sensitivity like my daughter, why use harsh chemicals when there is an effective alternative? With Lucky Earth Waterless Car Wash products your car will sparkle and you won’t be wasting water. It's easy to use and will save you time and money. Watch the video, see how it works, and let me know if you have any questions!

  • Kate
    Kate
    6/11/2010 12:14 PM

    Do you use this on the windows, too?

  • Jeff
    Jeff – Special Guest
    6/11/2010 12:25 PM

    Hi Kate. Yes, you can use it on windows. Because it has silicone you will need to be more diligent when buffing out windows. You can use it on every part of your car including chrome, trim, dashboard, consul, tires, rims, lights, vinyl, plastic, rubber and more. You could use it on fabric and it actually works very well but, you really don't want a build up of silicone so, you should try our Wow! Upholstery and Carpet Cleaner for that. Interestingly enough, we have many customers who use it for their home windows because they particularly like the results. Even though our product is intended for automotive care, people use it to clean granite counters, appliances and furniture.

  • Greg Stern
    Greg Stern
    6/11/2010 1:39 PM

    This is Great! Do you have it available in bulk refill sizes, as a business we have trucks, cargo trailers & cars, all that need washing almost weekly. Is it safe on overlay advertising wraps?

  • barbara
    barbara
    6/11/2010 1:49 PM

    Great way to get the kids to wash the car, too! Love that cool "Recycle" shirt, too, Jen.

  • Jeff
    Jeff – Special Guest
    6/11/2010 2:07 PM

    Hi Greg, yes it is completely safe for overlays and we do have bulk pricing for business. I can put you contact with our Director of US Sales who would be happy to help. I will check with Daily Grommet for your contact info of that is okay? Or if you feel more comfortable you can email us at [email protected] and we will get you in contact with the appropriate person.

  • Jeff
    Jeff – Special Guest
    6/11/2010 2:26 PM

    Hi Barbara, totally great for the kids! It's so easy. No need for bucket, hose, soap, chamoises etc. Just the Lucky Earth spray bottle and some microfiber towels and they're good to go. They can even do it in the garage because there are no VOCs. It's car wash for the new generation. Now if I could only get my girls to do it ;)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/11/2010 2:33 PM

    I'm glad that you were able to figure out what was making Kayla so sick. That must have been a scary period in your life. I've heard horror stories where a child was diagnosed with something terminal, when it was really just a reaction to cleaning products. I'm so glad there are effective alternatives and thank you for bringing this one to the market!

  • Jeff
    Jeff – Special Guest
    6/11/2010 3:03 PM

    Just so you know, the savings are actually much bigger than what is presented in the video. It comes out to $5 per wash for the initial Lucky Earth kit but, once you have the microfiber towels you won't have to replace them for up to 100 washes. Furthermore, the Tire Shine will practically last forever :) So considering that, we estimate that each wash will only cost you about $2 a wash depending on the size of your vehicle and how dirty it is.

  • Jeff
    Jeff – Special Guest
    6/11/2010 3:37 PM

    Hi Katherine, thank you. Yes, it was a very trying time. We didn't know what was wrong for about two years. Constant flu, viruses, impacted sinuses and two bouts of pneumonia; she had rashes all over her body and none of the pediatricians could figure out what it was so they ended up contacting the CDC for help. Thus CDC was stumped. Finally, we went to an immunologist/allergist who tested her for everything with no reaction. At the time time she had a white blood cell count of a person with Leukemia but with no signs of cancer. No one could figure it out. It was very scary to see our daughter in constant pain. Happened to be that the immunologist, Dr. Rita Kachru was doing a study on rhinitis and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. She told us to remove all the cleaners from our house. Mind you, we were the type of family that believed if it wasn't Pine-Sol fresh it wasn't clean. Nonetheless we did what she requested because we were so desperate. Four days later we had new kid. Healthy, happy, no bags under her eyes and we could finally hear her real voice. BTW, Dr. Kachru is on our advisory board. We thank the Daily Grommet for helping support Lucky Earth and a healthier lifestyle.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/11/2010 3:38 PM

    Jeff - my heart goes out to you! I cannot imagine having gone through that. I'm so glad your story has a happy ending!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer – Grommet Team
    6/11/2010 3:56 PM

    @barbara Thanks for the compliment on the t-shirt and I agree that it is easy to get the kids involved in helping wash the car. Less water, less soap and still fun!

  • Jeff
    Jeff – Special Guest
    6/11/2010 4:28 PM

    Katherine, as you can see from the photo, Kayla is doing doing great! Healthy and happy.

  • Kimberly
    Kimberly
    6/11/2010 6:08 PM

    This sounds like a wonderful product. I always love to save water...especially here in south FL during the summer droughts. But is there a chance that by wiping off the dirt & grime that the grit will scratch the paint?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/11/2010 8:09 PM

    @Kimberly - we've forwarded your question on to Jeff who would have more experience with this. Great question, thank you for posting!

  • Debbie
    Debbie
    6/12/2010 9:20 AM

    We live in New Orleans and have been here since 1998. Is there any other application for using this cleanser other than just for automobiles? I am asking b/c when making our hurrican prep kits, we look for items that require no water and have very few chemicals for 'clean up' etc. Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/12/2010 11:01 AM

    @Debbie - in Jeff's first response above, he mentions that people have used it for granite counters, appliances and furniture, too, so it sounds like a versatile product. When he has a chance to stop back he'll comment on other applications as well. It does sound like it could be an ideal product to have in your prep kit!

  • Jeff
    Jeff – Special Guest
    6/14/2010 10:23 AM

    Hi Kimberly, Great question! This is the first thing most people think about...of course saving water is important but the priority has always been cleaning your car effectively and safely...frankly, who is going to use an eco-friendly product that doesn't address the proper application. You may notice that if you wash your car with water that after some time you will see the ubiquitous feather scrathces and swirls common to traditional washing; this is exactly because water is acting as the lubricant. You wet your car and spread the soap, rubbing all the grit and grime into your clear coat. Car buffs will polish and wax cars to hide and fill in these feather scratches. Lucky Earth "Waterless" Car Wash uses a silicone which is a much better lubricant than water; you spray the soap and silicone lubricant which will immediately start breaking down the dirt, grease and grim. It then encapsulates the grease and grim so that when you sweep off the dirt it slides off. Unlike conventional washing, you are not grinding the dirt into the surface. Of course at some level (microscopic) there can be scratching but Lucky Earth is far superior to water washing and the silicone has the added benefit of giving your car a polished look. We have tested our products on vehicles, using nothing but our product for 3 years with no visible scratching. Our product has been tested by Toyota-Lexus and SMART USA...they love it. We are now the official car wash of SMART Car. Try it and I'm sure you will be wowed!

  • Jeff
    Jeff – Special Guest
    6/15/2010 10:35 AM

    @debbie Yes, Kimberly is right on. The application is for automobiles but it can be used for cleaning many other items. The Lucky Earth Car Wash is non-toxic and VOC free. We have had customers tell us they use it on their home windows, counters etc. I would refrain from using it on floors since it does contain silicone which is a lubricant. We also have another great product called Wow! Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner which is basically a degreaser that is also non-toxic. I actually used it on a new suede shoe; I got a big grease mark on it. I sprayed some Wow! on it, rub it off with a towel and viola! it was as good as new. Considering the oil spill in the gulf, it may come in handy!

  • Karl
    Karl
    8/28/2010 12:29 AM

    Right on Lucky Earth! I have been on a crusade with my customers to educate them about this type of product. I have been using my "waterless" clean and protect formula for over 3 years (it has a acrylic polymer additive that helps protect against ordinary scuffs and scratches). Waterless products like this save precious water, nothing goes down the storm drains into our ocean, rivers and lakes that harms the creatures that live in those habitats (I have been surfing for 20 yrs in San Diego CA so I appreciate not having car oil and soap residue in the water I "drink" occasionally!)

    This type of modern product should be in every garage! While washing a car with water may be necessary once and a while, 90% of your exterior paint finish cleaning jobs should be with a waterless product. Hey for the price of a grande coffee at Starbucks you can have your car clean and shine like it was just waxed...in less than 15 minutes!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/28/2010 12:43 AM

    @Karl - thanks for stopping by and sharing your endorsement of a waterless car washing option!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.