Give your motor a little LTC whilst car washes are closed during lockdown with our tips


AFTER weeks of testing weather conditions, your motor may be looking a little lacklustre.

But with car washes and mobile valets closed during lockdown, you’ll have to give it a little TLC yourself.

Here’s how to give your car some TLC on the cheap

I spoke to Helen Robinson, from Euro Car Parts, to get her top tips on giving your car a savvy clean . . . 

Prep: Helen says: “You’ll need a garden hose pipe, a bucket of warm, soapy water, a soft sponge for cleaning the car, a microfibre cloth to dry excess water and a wire brush to clean the wheels.” 

My tip: The Hilka Pro-Craft Car Cleaning Washing Set of 4 is £9.99 at Screwfix, but the Auto Drive 6 Piece Car Cleaning Kit is £8 at Asda.

SAVE: £1.99

Scrub the right way: Helen says: “First, rinse the car with the hose from top to bottom. Then scrub the car with your bucket of soapy water and sponge. Ordinary house soaps aren’t recommended — use a car shampoo instead.” 

My tip: A litre of Halfords car wash and wax is £4, but at you can get a litre of Simoniz shampoo & Wax for just £2.69.

SAVE: £1.31

Wheely good: Helen says: “Take a firm wire brush and scrub the wheel itself. For a more thorough clean of alloy wheels, you can also purchase specialist wheel cleaner.” 

My tip: A litre of Carplan Demon Wheels is £7.39 at but you can nab it for £4.50 at The Range and B&M.

SAVE: £2.89

Glass act: Helen says: “After drying the car, you can clean the glass. This shouldn’t be done with a household glass cleaner, as they often contain ammonia, which can damage the car’s interior.” 

My tip: A bottle of Turtle Wax Dash & Glass Interior Cleaner (500ml) is £7 at Halfords, but to save some cash give the Wilko Dashboard Shine (£2.25) and glass cleaner (also £2.25) a go.

SAVE: £1.50

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