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Washing your car yourself can be a relaxing and satisfying respite from the concerns of life and an activity the kids can help you with. You only need soap, a bucket, and some rags. Here are the steps to do so.

Step 1: Prepare the Cleaner

Pour a capful of car wash cleaner into a bucket and fill it a little over halfway with tap water. Car wash soap is specially designed to clean a car's exterior surfaces without stripping off wax, and it is typically sold alongside wax and car-detailing products in stores. Toss the first sponge in the bucket to let it soak up water and cleaner.

Step 2: ​Use the Garden Hose First

Spray water all over the car, starting at the top and working down the body of the car.

Step 3: Wash the Roof

Wash the top of the car first by squishing most of the excess water out of the sponge, then begin washing. Rinse the top as soon as you finish to ensure that the cleaning product does not dry on your car's paint. Blot the excess water off with your chamois or a terry cloth towel.

Step 4: Wash the Car's Body

Wash the car's body in sections, one panel at a time. Spray each panel with the garden hose again before washing with the sponge and cleaner. Rinse immediately after washing.If the water is not drying too fast, complete one whole side of the car before drying. If the water is drying quickly, dry each panel as soon as you finish washing.

Step 5: Wash the Wheel and Tires

Spray the wheel and tire cleaner on the wheels and tires.Using the second sponge, a brush or a rag, rub the cleaner into the tires to remove any remaining road dirt.

Step 6: Drying Your Car

Check your product's label to see if it needs to be washed off with water or buffed with a clean rag to complete the project.

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