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Here's How To Keep Your Car Clean And Actually Looking Like New

Image credit: Kristen Lee
Image credit: Kristen Lee

Handwashing your own car can be one of the most therapeutic activities you engage in. Which is why, when cleaning expert and advice columnist Jolie Kerr invited me to join her on her podcast Ask a Clean Person to discuss exactly that, I wasn’t about to pass it up. Chat about car detailing for an hour? Yes, please!


I wrote my own guide last summer and it was such a treat to be able to run a microfiber towel down a freshly waxed car and then tell you about it. I’m having very pleasant flashbacks just from thinking about it.


I was also delighted to discover that Jolie and I share the same crazy-person drive when it comes to keeping things clean. In the past, she’s written columns on how to clean sweaty ass odors from car seats and chatted with Freddy about removing terrible messes and barf from the insides of cars. She’s seen it all, man.

You can find the iTunes link here.

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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Am I the only one that HATES washing cars?

Like it seems like the biggest waste of time in my life. I’d rather drive a dirty car, or get it scratched up at a car wash.

I would rather take off years of my cars life than to have to waste an afternoon washing my car, and if I do a cost-benefit-analysis, it falls in favor of not washing my car. (2 hours a month is 24 hours a year, which over 8 years is 192 hours, which if my time is worth a meager $30 an hour, that would be amassing $5,760 into washing my car, not including time value of money, which would make it closer to $10,000, which of course, my car wouldn’t be worth $5,760, certainly not $10,000, AND my time is worth a lot more than $30 an hour) 

I hate it that much. It has to be one of my least favorite activities in the world.

I cannot wash a car in less than 2 hours. I’ve tried quicky methods like using a pressure washer, but then there’s that pesky wax thing.

Therapeutic? more like suicidal. I’m glad some people like it. If you like it, come wash mine. I’ll even pay you to do it.