Conserve Water this Summer with WaterSavers and #Giveaway ( Branded USB Car Charger, Pop-Up Trunk Organizer,Car Vent Clip, $15 VISA Gift Card)

Would you be surprised if I told you that when you are washing your car at home, you are wasting A LOT of water! I am guilty as charged but by learning the facts from WaterSavers, I am now going to get my car professionally washed, as it is much greener for the environment.Screen Shot 2013-08-11 at 9.28.13 AM

Whether a Saturday morning ritual or charity fundraiser, washing vehicles on driveways, parking lots and streets can do far more harm than good. That’s because the dirty water entering storm drains from pavement, washing does not undergo treatment before it is discharged. The dirty pollutants are then entering our environment.

A study by the City of Federal Way, Wash., found that residential car washing led to numerous pollutants being released each year into their storm sewer system, including 190 gallons of gasoline, diesel and motor oil; 400 pounds of phosphorus and nitrogen; and 60 pounds of ammonia.

WaterSavers®, a consumer awareness campaign from the International Carwash Association® (ICA), wants to give you more information on the environmental benefits of washing your car at a professional carwash.

Screen Shot 2013-08-11 at 9.27.51 AMYou may be surprised to learn that professional car washes are typically a much greener option for washing vehicles than washing your car in the driveway at home. Washing at home with a garden hose can use more than 60 gallons in as little as five minutes, but most professional car washes treat and recycle water, virtually eliminating waste. The average homeowner uses 116 gallons of water to wash a car, according to the Mid-America Regional Council, and most commercial car washes use 60 percent less water for the entire process than a homeowner uses just to rinse the car.Screen Shot 2013-08-11 at 9.27.56 AM

WaterSavers professional car washes use only 40 gallons or less of fresh water per car wash – that’s less than the typical home washing machine uses per load. The process cleans and re-uses the water for future car washes, or it undergoes treatment prior to returning it clean to the environment. For more information and to find a certified location near you,  visit

This summer, instead of grabbing a bucket and hose, take your car to a local professional car wash to help save water, protect aquatic life and preserve the environment. Be sure to follow WaterSavers on Facebook and Twitter to learn more!

I know I surely will be going to the car washes now, rather than washing my car at home! Will you join us in helping the environment?!!

GIVEAWAY: One winner will receive special WaterSavers prize package including Branded USB Car Charger,  Pop-Up Trunk Organizer,Car Vent Clip, $15 VISA Gift Card. This giveaway is run via rafflecopter so click read more to see the actual giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to tell me if you use professional car washes in the comment section proceeding the post. While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling them out to increase your chances of winning. Us only. Good luck! 

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I am working with the International Carwash Association to share these tips. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.



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  1. Mindy DeLisi says

    My husband and I get our cash washed professionally twice a year, before Winter season and after Winter season.

  2. rich morris says

    Occasionally. I used it recently after getting covered in mud trying to get out at a local festival. Otherwise, i have usually washed it at home

  3. Jenna w says

    I usually wash my car at the drive in, do it yourself, places. In between I try to prolong washes by keeping my car covered.

  4. Kim Simpson says

    We always washed our cars at home when I was a kid. Now my husband says we can’t due to the hard water spots left by the hose water. He thinks it’s much worse than rain and ruins a car’s finish. So automatic car wash it is! Mister Car Wash is our favorite.

  5. Cynthia R says

    honestly I do not wash my car that often, just a couple of times a year. Out of those times, I washed my car in my driveway once (oops) and another time I went to a car wash drive thru at a gas station.

  6. Katie Roch says

    Most of the time we wash our vehicles ourselves but when they get really dirty we do have them professionally washed.

  7. Wild Orchid says

    I usually wash my car at home. Entered the rafflecopter as “Wild orchid”

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  8. Tara says

    We do go to professional car washes because we are generally on water restrictions here in West Texas due to drought.

  9. Stephanie Easterling says

    We hardly ever wash our car. Lately all it has is rain, so we do not need to wash our car. I go once a year to get it professional cleaned.

  10. Marsha H says

    I always take advantage of professional car washes. Cleaning my own car just seems like such a daunting and dirty job. Plus I am left with a load of rags ti wash.

  11. Jessica Barnett says

    I usually don’t . My kids LOVVE to wash our car. It is still fun for them. Now if it is crazy I might drive it through..but that is rare.

  12. ELIZA ELLIOT says

    I use them more in the winter than summer…nothing like washing your car with a hose to keep you young.

  13. Shemp DeYoung says

    Pro car washes are our only option since we are under drought watering restrictions, but they can get costly, so it doesn’t happen too often. I’m thinking about it this week though.

  14. Heather Manu says

    Yes right now, only because we live in an appt. But when I used to have a house I always washed my own car.

  15. Ani says

    Yes, we alternate between professional car washes & doing it ourselves – depends how busy we are & how badly the car needs to be washed.

  16. Patty Broderick-White says

    We do both professional as well as doing it ourselves. It just depends on time available and where we are going.

  17. asimina kaminis says

    no only cause when i bought my car back in 2001 it was brand new and it came out all scratched up from the car wash, i vowed never to go back lol.

  18. Sheila H. says

    I’m so bad about washing my car. If it gets really dirty and I’m going to be driving around a big group of people I may take it to a professional car wash.

  19. Kellie Christensen says

    Not very often. It seems so much $$ to just wash a car and it generally only turns out kind of well.

  20. Melissa Hartley says

    I’ve never been to a professional car cleaner but it would be good to do like twice a year in the spring & fall :)


  21. kath g says

    no, i usually clean my car in the driveway or once in awhile i go to one of those drive-in do-it-yourself car wash places.

  22. Kelley Chapman says

    In the winter when my hose is turned off and drained, I use a wash-it-yourself car wash. Otherwise, I wash my car in my driveway.

  23. Kymberly Pray says

    I enjoy keeping my car clean and do use the professional car washes. I find them efficient and I like to pay into the local economy. The place I go is the same one I remember going through as a little kid with my brother-in-law who was always so proud of his cool little sports car.
    I will usually hose my Jeep down every week or so to keep the dirt off. I truly believe it runs better when it is clean. I also do not like a bunch of junk in it and keep it pretty tidy inside too. Though older, my car is the most expensive item I have ever purchased, so I take care of it.


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