What's The Best Car Washing Myth?

It’s summer! Well, it’s close enough to summer. And unless you’re in the parched, arid hellscapes of my beloved SoCal, summer probably means that you’re going to be putting on your speedos/bikini and getting into some sexy, soapy hose fights as you wash your car. Weirdly, car washing seems to be full of myths and weird ideas — what’s your favorite?

I’ve always been a fan of the using Coca-Cola to get rid of rust myth, partially because I believe it’s at least partially true. It’s never dissuaded me from drinking Coke — why should it? I don’t want a rusty esophagus, after all, right?


‘Rusty esophagus’ sounds like some disgusting euphemism, now that I type it.

Anyway, let’s hear some good car washing myths/realities/tips/whatever. Does Dawn really strip wax? Can you get chlamydia from sucking on used car wash sponges? Can you wash a car in direct starlight? I want to know!

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