How to wash your car during a hosepipe ban

The UK hosepipe ban is in full swing in many areas of the country and it is expected to go on for some time; at least until the end of the summer and possibly even further.

This begs the question – how can I wash my car when there is a hosepipe ban on?

First of all, let’s take a look at the actual rules regarding the hosepipe ban. The ban applies to all hosepipes and hosepipe-like devices for all private properties with the exception of Blue Badge holders, who may find it difficult to water their garden using buckets.

There are very few exceptions from the hosepipe ban. Ponds can be filled if fish are in danger, graffiti can be cleared from public buildings and national and international sporting events can water their fields, but none of this helps the average car owner.

The rules even apply to taxi drivers and covers Anglian Water, Southern Water, South East Water, Thames Water, Sutton and East Surrey, Veolia Central and Veolia South East.

How can I wash my car during the hosepipe ban?

You can always take your dirty car to a professional car wash, which are exempt from the hosepipe ban. However, this will be more expensive than doing it yourself and it is reasonable to expect some may even bump up prices knowing car owners have less choice than before.

Alternatively, you can wash your car using a bucket and sponge. According to car cleaning product supplier Autoglym, motorists can wash their car with ‘surprisingly’ little water.

Cars that are a little dirty – that is not caked in mud – often do not need a pre-rinse and a couple of buckets of water can be sufficient to clean a car if you do it regularly.

Products such as car ‘shampoo’ could also help get the most from the amount of water you use – but these will cost more money.

You can also consider using a water butt to capture rain and use that to wash your car. There are several types of pressure washers that can be used to draw water out of the butt to wash the car, or alternatively use the water to fill buckets for an even better eco-solution!

What other car wash products are there?

Many car care product companies will offer ‘waterless’ car washing materials. One of those companies, Mantis, has recorded a huge leap in sales.

It said: “Waterless car wash products are coming into their own right now as motorists want quick fixes to the hosepipe ban. We knew that the announcement would affect sales but not so rapidly.”

However, there are also products available to ensure your car needs to be washed less regularly. Perrys Motors dealerships sell Easy Guard, helps to protect paintwork from road salt, acid rain, tree sap and other paintwork – damaging factors.

Easy Guard helps your car stay shinier for longer and in a hosepipe ban, that means less trips to the car wash.

Why should I wash my car?

There are legal implications to not washing your car during a hosepipe ban. For example, if the windscreen and other windows are too dirty to see out of it could be considered dangerous and could lead to a fine for the driver.

Similarly, a registration plate that cannot be read because of dirt could result in a fine from police, meaning it is important to keep your car clean even during a hosepipe ban.