Eco Touch

Waterless Car Wash

Clean Conscience

When we talk about cars and easing up on the environment, the focus is usually on fuel efficiency. But there are other ways to make a positive impact, starting with your garden hose. Instead of washing your car and sending 100 gallons of water, dirt, chemicals, and salt into the sewer system, why not go waterless?

James Dudra and Anne Ruozzi, two environmental entrepreneurs from Portsmouth, NH, are the creators of Eco Touch,
car wash and car detailing products that don’t require any water. The ingredients are nontoxic, biodegradable and phosphate-free. All you have to do is spray your car, wipe with one microfiber towel to pull the dirt off your car, and then use the second towel to give it a shine. (The towels are included in the kits.) Eco Touch’s plant-based surfactants break down surface grime while polymers leave your car’s finish gleaming and protected.

During an internship in Sydney, Australia (where rain can be scarce), James learned about waterless car cleaners and returned home determined to explore green methods of cleaning cars, boats, and RVs. The products he and Anne developed are used by professional detailers, so you can trust that they’ll do the job on your favorite four-wheelers, without harming you or the environment.

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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • James

    Hello everyone, my name is James Dudra, one of the co-founders at Eco Touch. I am delighted that Daily Grommet has chosen to feature our company and introduce our unique line of car care products. Did you know that the average American spends an average of 25 minutes each way in their daily commute? That means that over the course of a year you spend nearly 9 days stuck inside your vehicle! Traditional car care products can have some pretty nasty chemicals that can lead to headaches, cause chemical sensitivities, allergic reactions and a range of other health-related problems. Consider that as the temperature in your car raises, the chemicals you’ve applied to the dashboard, carpet, upholstery and other surfaces evaporate to form a nauseating brew of toxic fumes. Eco Touch offers consumers a complete line of car care products that work great and won’t leave you feeling nauseous after cleaning. I am standing by ready to answer any questions you may have. Thanks!

  • Mike
    4/5/2011 12:26 PM

    Applaud your openess of what's in your "brew" and the fact that you don't use harmful chemicals. I'm a bit confused when you say "waterless." Isn't water an ingredient in your products? Do you have to use a different cloth for washing and one for when you wash and wax? Thanks Grommet for giving us this product!

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    4/5/2011 1:09 PM

    @Mike: Hi Mike! The term "waterless" refers to the washing technique, not what is inside the actual product itself.

    When performing a waterless car wash you need two separate to clean and another to polish/buff. We also suggest using a high-quality microfiber as they are the most effective at getting the job done. Hope this helps!

  • Karl Eberhardt
    Karl Eberhardt
    4/5/2011 12:30 PM

    Great product. Yes it about time the media start telling people that there is a better and more modern way to keep your vehicle kleen. Wasting water and washing chemicals down storm drains into our oceans and waterways is not the way to take care of our planet.

    I have been a surfer my entire life and have spent most of my life in the Pacific ocean so I appreciate clean water.

    (This comment has been edited to comply with Daily Grommet's non-advertising policy)

    Way to go Grommet...lets open up this discussion and shine a big spot light on cleaning vehicles without wasting precious water resources.

  • I. Jarema
    I. Jarema
    4/5/2011 1:36 PM

    Will this work on alloy wheels to clean the accumulated brake dust that settles on the wheels of many cars?

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    4/5/2011 1:51 PM

    @I. Jarema: The All Purpose Deep Cleaner is for hard surfaces and will dissolve any oils, grime, dirt or dust. Then, the Tire Shine will condition and protect your tires in one-step. I think between the two your tires will be spic-and-span!

  • Paula
    4/5/2011 2:06 PM

    Just to clarify: Can you use any microfiber cloth? I have several that look like the ones shown (lots of loops and a little fluffy) and don't want to buy any more.

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    4/5/2011 2:26 PM

    @Paula: James and the Eco Touch team do suggest using a high-quality microfiber towesl as (they are the most effective). The towels featured and recommended here are 16" x 16" and the fiber is 70% Polyester/30% Polyamide. If you have something comparable, I'm sure they would work fine.

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    4/5/2011 2:37 PM

    @Tori Tait: Exactly! :) We also suggest that the towels be 300 GSM (grams per square meter) or higher. Most towels will either have this information on the tag, or if you call the company where you bought them from. The Eco Touch towels featured are 300 GSM.

  • Andy
    4/5/2011 11:53 PM

    How can it be called a waterless car wash if the product contains water?

    Kinda misleading don't you think?

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    4/6/2011 12:03 AM

    @Andy: As James mentioned in a previous comment, the term "waterless" refers to the washing technique, not to the ingredients. Sorry for any confusion.

  • Michael Wiggs
    Michael Wiggs
    4/6/2011 1:26 AM

    Don't you run the risk of scratching the paint by not rinsing off the surface dirt particles first?

  • Colin
    4/6/2011 1:31 AM

    Can I ask an obvious question. Normally taking a cloth along the side of your car while dirty, woud lead to scratching. Why doesnt this occur with this product?

  • Andy
    4/6/2011 3:59 AM

    I can see how this product might help to keep an already clean car looking good, but there's no way you can remove mud, grease and road tar without using soap and water. If you think that by spraying this product on your car and with just a "microfiber" cloth, it will remove caked-on mud, grease and road tar you're dreaming. If you think it can, post a real video; not one of them sham-wow doctored presentations.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/6/2011 10:29 AM

    @Michael, @Colin, @Andy - I will let James expand, but the spray itself lifts the dirt from the surface allowing it to be wiped away with the microfiber cloth. There will always be people who have extreme cleaning situations but for the average driver this is a great cleaning solution.

  • James
    James – Special Guest
    4/6/2011 11:03 AM

    @Michael, @Colin, @Andy - Great questions everyone! The waterless car wash product contains surfactants which safely release dirt particles from the paint and encapsulate them. Next, the microfiber towels have tiny little scoops/hooks which will trap those encapsulated dirt particles and prevent scratching/marring.

    When wiping the Waterless Car Wash formula from the surface of the vehicle, use light strokes to pick up dirt. There is no need to aggressively rub the formula on the car's surface. I typically take the approach of "wipe and lift" so that the contaminants are not dragging on the surface of the vehicle. As your towel gets soiled, switch to a new one so you are not transferring soil from one car panel to another.

    Lastly, use common sense. If you are dealing with a surface that is muddy or sandy, you will obviously need a pre-rinse. We are not claiming this is a 'miracle' product that will work in every situation. But for a daily driver around town who accumulates normal dust/dirt it will work just fine. I hope this helps!

  • Julia E
    Julia E
    4/6/2011 7:52 PM

    James, I just wanted to say that I'm so glad you're offering a product like this in the US. I spent five years living in Australia and am all too familiar with water restrictions. You can't even wash your own car with a hose in your driveway in Sydney! And you can only water your garden/lawn on certain days of the week between certain hours. I believe we here in America are becoming more and more aware of water as a resource. I haven't tried your products yet, but I have definitely seen that products like this work just as well as using who-knows-how-many gallons of water to wash your car with a water hose!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    4/6/2011 9:45 PM

    @Julia E: Thanks for stopping by and adding your experience. It's great to have the products that make conservation easy.

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