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How to Wax Your Car With Hair Conditioner

You Can Shine Your Car With Hair Conditioner!

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Put your garden hose to good use with cleaning helpers you already have on hand, or that you can find at the pound shop. There's no need for spending hours buffing and shining your car. We have a trick for making it look like you just drove it from the car dealership. And if you've never attempted washing your car before (we've been there!), check out tips and tricks for a really sweet ride.

What You'll Need:

  • Large bucket
  • Car wash mitt or microfibre cloth
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Hair conditioner
  • Dry hand towel


  1. Move your car to a shaded area and give it a good dousing of water. Washing your car in the sun can cause streaks. Fill the bucket with water, and add a teaspoon of washing-up liquid. You don't need a lot of soap, the small amount helps break up gunk and dirt while being gentle on the paintwork.
  2. Apply the soapy water to your car with long strokes, moving horizontally using a car wash mitt or microfibre cloth. Avoid working in a circular motion, which can cause swirl marks on your beloved vehicle. Dunk the mitt in the bucket often to remove dirt. And if you find the soapy water is getting really dirty, then ditch it, and start fresh with a new bucket.

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  1. Once one side of your car is covered in suds, give it a rinse, which keeps the soapy water from sitting on your car and drying — resulting in having to wash the car all over again. Continue washing in sections until the car is completely clean.
  2. Now dump the soapy water, and rinse the bucket with water, ensuring there isn't any dirt or sand in the bottom of the container. Fill the bucket with about 500ml of water, and mix with 125ml of hair conditioner. Don't use your best salon-quality stuff, buy a cheap bottle at the supermarket or pound shop. Use a clean microfibre cloth to smooth over your car. We left one side of our car untreated to see if using conditioner really made a difference.

    Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sarah Lipoff
  1. After covering the entire vehicle with the conditioner water, hose down your car, and enjoy the shine! Finish by drying with a clean hand towel, and your car will be as good as new. Our unconditioned side was left alone to air dry, resulting in visible water marks. Yay for conditioner!

    Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sarah Lipoff
  1. For a really sparkling vehicle, give your tires a good cleaning, and hang a cute DIY car freshener from your rearview mirror.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sarah Lipoff

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