Waterless car washing a solution for the future of permanent drought

WALNUT CREEK (KPIX) — On Sunday afternoon in Walnut Creek, a car wash was held, which was missing a seemingly key ingredient: water. It was a demonstration of the growing popularity of cleaning cars without wasting H2O.

Normally you rinse a car, wash it and then rinse it again. But, in times of drought, people seek new standards — at least Jennifer Anderson was.

“I needed to know what they were doing,” Anderson said. “Because I saw them wiping another car and I thought, ‘OK, how do they do that? “”

She was referring to a process called No H2O, a waterless car wash system that Brian Stranko uses at his mobile retail business. He said the chemicals in No H2O emulsify the surface and create a weak positive charge. Then wiping with a microfiber cloth produces a mild negative charge that loosens and removes dirt.

He says a normal car wash uses an average of 35 gallons of water, but here there were no hoses, no buckets – just a spray bottle and rags.

“I would say we can even get car wash with our products that you can’t with regular washing because we use the kinds of things that actually break down dirt,” Sranko said.

It was hard to tell if it was the chemicals or the elbow grease, but the daughters of Stranko, who work in the family business, swear it’s easier and eliminates the extra steps of all that rinsing and drying.

“All you have to do is wipe, one, then wipe, two,” said Emma Stanko, demonstrating the double rag technique. “It’s as simple as that, honestly.”

The results made Anderson believe, who smiled as he scanned the gleaming exterior of his Honda.

“It looks awesome. It’s never been cleaner,” she says.

Was she surprised? “Yeah,” she said. “A little, yes, but it looks great. I love it!”

A way to wash cars that removes water is something most people haven’t considered, but now people are considering a lot of new things as water scarcity gets more and more serious.

“If you’re not aware, it’s hard to know where you’ve been,” Brian Sranko said. “And everyone cares and they’re looking for simple solutions to help do something about the drought.”

Sunday’s car wash was a fundraiser to benefit the Fallen Heroes Fund, a local support group for the families of first responders killed in the line of duty.


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