Do you live in a condo, apartment, or in an area where water usage is controlled / restricted, preventing you from fully hand washing your car with an open hose. If so, Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine, also known as ONR, is your solution. Optimum No Rinse is a rinse-less car wash system, where you can simply wash your car with very little water, runoff, and overspray. You can do this in your building’s parking garage and your neighbors car will never get wet.
At first I was very hesitant to try the method. I own a brand new 2014 BMW M5 and am very OCD about the way my car looks. I can’t stand swirl marks or scratches. I usually take my car to a detailer for a wash and wax, but it can get very expensive every 2 weeks when spending $99 + tip every time. I usually don’t get my cars very dirty, just slight road dust and dirt, so I decided to give ONR a try. It is very important that your car does not have caked on dirt and grime. For that level of dirt, it should be pre-soaked and hosed down. When this happens, I will go to a self carwash and pre-soak my car with soap, rinse, and blow dry before going home to use ONR. Regardless of how dirty the car is, I highly recommend that you pre-soak the car with ONR solution and water. I use a hand-held pressure spray bottle shown above with a cap full of ONR (more than you actually need, but you can never be too safe). ONR is designed to lubricate and lift dirt without applying any pressure. It can also be used as a claying lubricant if you need to clay your car.
One 32 oz. bottle can wash your car more than 15 times because all you need is 2 cap full, or 2 oz. per 5 gallon bucket of water. I’m not going to guide you on how to wash your car, there are many resources out there, but I will stress that you should use multiple wash mitts, the two bucket system, a grit guard, and work your car from top to bottom one panel at a time. Trust me, you will be amazed what this non-toxic ONR solution can do.
The ride after ONR wash: