WIBU to wash my car with washing up liquid?

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It's quite sunny and I need something to do outside. DD has chicken pox so she can't go out (she looks like a very sore piece of bubble wrap! ) but I could keep the front door open and wash the car while she snooze in the living room. But I don't have car wash shampoo. Do you think Fairy Liquid would be ok or will I wreck the Mummy Mobile?

i worked with a girl who talked about having fairy washing up liquid for hair washign.
and i would have used it on the car absolutely, the wax is just an extra treat

ZenGardener Sun 13-Apr-14 07:39:15

It reminds me of the book Brick Lane where they had to wash their hair with WUL. It really stings when you get it in your eyes. I use it mixed with a little water for when the kids want to do bubble blowing. Would never use it on my beautiful car though or the kids' hair ;)

peggyundercrackers Sat 12-Apr-14 23:06:16

Yep wul has quite high levels of salt so it's not really the best thing for your car not only is it bad for your paint but also causes rust on metal which isn't protected so when wul runs into all the little nooks and crannies on your car it's covering everything in a salt solution.

Never heard of wax preventing scratches - it's not like lacquer either... Lacquer is a clear coat of paint which is hardened and won't wash off like wax does.

Goldmandra Sat 12-Apr-14 22:59:35

Gold my mum got told not to use WUL on her dog as it stripped the natural oils from her coat.

To be fair I don't use any soap most of the time but when they've found to fox poo you need it. It does work well on horses' tails but they get conditioner on them straight afterwards.

RevoltingPeasant Sat 12-Apr-14 22:51:48

Gold my mum got told not to use WUL on her dog as it stripped the natural oils from her coat. Not that the dog gave a toss but she was told it wasn't good for their hair.

Goldmandra Sat 12-Apr-14 22:35:15

I used to use WUL and it seemed fine but now, once every six months, I pay a tenner for the guys at the hand car wash to do it. I don't know if they wax it or not but it looks great for a bit.

I use WUL on horses and dogs and they don't seem to suffer any ill effects. The eczema nurse seeing DD1 told me that any shampoo, bubble bath, etc is just WUL with colour and fragrance in it anyway.

Maryz Sat 12-Apr-14 22:33:58

neat, not near hmm

Maryz Sat 12-Apr-14 22:33:14

So did you do it?

I spent ten years of my childhood being very embarrassed by my mum's car. My little brother decided to wash it with Fairy Liquid and applied it near (on a sunny day), and didn't wash it off quickly enough.

It ended with faded pink squiggles all over a red mini grin

ChasingDogs Sat 12-Apr-14 22:26:37

Bloody hell, are we supposed to wash cars?! Isn't that what the rain is for? shock

Surely the caked on mud is good for protecting the paint underneath?

Nicola19 Sat 12-Apr-14 20:30:01

Fluffy is right. I just bought a nearly new car from ford dealers and the guy said dont use WUL as it strips the wax.

Marylou62 Sat 12-Apr-14 20:15:06

Long long time ago my bf and I were washing his Triumph Spitfire...his pride and joy. We only had the wul out to clean wheels but I put some directly on the bonnet...a massive swirl of it. Why? I don't know...He went ape and even tho it was washed off straight away, it stripped some colour off!!! I was mortified and always think of that day when washing my car even tho I don't do it often r and use wul if I do.

RevoltingPeasant Sat 12-Apr-14 18:33:20

Was the accident due to his use of Fairy liquid?

<solemn face>

And yes, anyhow, of course you rinse, what kind of slattern washes a car without rinsing it??!

ICanSeeTheSun Sat 12-Apr-14 18:28:50

DH car was like glass, it took him months to get it like it again and then had an accident which wrote the care off.

I did it once. It foamed up a treat. I couldn't be arsed to wash/shammy it all off, so drove to car wash. Foam did NOT fall off on way. Parked on garage forecourt to to pick up wash ticket. Cue panicked car was operator flying out of her seat before I'd even exited car, and asking in a shaky voice what had happened. Kept explaining that it wasn't a fault with their car wash, and that I hadn't even been in yet. but they insisted on giving me a free wash and to take my car through right now LOL! Result!

Oldraver Sat 12-Apr-14 18:17:19

Who knew cars were so delicate

LokiDokey Sat 12-Apr-14 18:17:05

A good wax every 6 months is hardly a stretch and prolongs the life of your paintwork, it actually makes those washes 'in between' a lot quicker as well because the wax is stopping all the grit, flies etc getting to the paintwork and makes washing it away easier.
Wax also goes some way to protecting against chips, disguises little scratches and does stop paintwork from becoming dull.

I guess it depends on your attitude towards your car really.

SirChenjin Sat 12-Apr-14 18:06:15

Enjoy those hours waxing...hours of your life you'll never, ever get back grin

fluffyraggies Sat 12-Apr-14 18:01:35

Fiver for 5 litres of the stuff by the way. And i keep my wax grin

SirChenjin Sat 12-Apr-14 17:58:46

Mine's white - looks fine to me wink

fluffyraggies Sat 12-Apr-14 17:57:25

My car's nice and shiney wink

SirChenjin Sat 12-Apr-14 17:56:30

Washing up liquid - 89p

fluffyraggies Sat 12-Apr-14 17:55:51

Wax and wax 2 in 1?

Fiver.

SirChenjin Sat 12-Apr-14 17:55:43

Less shine and a dull finish? Oh no, how AWFUL! grin

SirChenjin Sat 12-Apr-14 17:53:49

So maybe that's it - if you can be arsed to spend hours waxing your car, don't use WUL. If you can't be arsed to spend hours waxing your car, then WUL is fine.

fluffyraggies Sat 12-Apr-14 17:53:33

No no it doesnt strip the paint off sirC, it strips the wax off. The paint work on a car has a wax layer like a lacquer, which lengthens the life of the paintwork. Protects it from uv, scratches, grit, ect. Stripping it off without replacing will result in less shine and a dull, more vulnerable finish.

Fluffy's DH

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