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Appearantly my car is silver grey.

Having a car comes with many expenses, so be sure you only buy “what you need”. When I bought my car, I was single and living with my son. Now I’m engaged to be married next summer, and besides my son T who is turning 19 this December, and not living at home, I’ve become a stepmom of two, so this blended family of 5 has a car with only four seats. But it’s a cheap car, and it has a pretty good mileage and except some weekends we are 2 adults and no kids, so a 5 seat car is really an unnecessary luxury.

Today we washed it, and we didn’t think it was really that much needed, but it was. I wanted to clean the inside due to the mud the kids smeared all around the inside, and so I could make car seat covers and so on, but then it kind of evolved from “just a quick clean up” to a “what the actual fuck”-experience both on the inside and outside.

Frugal Carwash:

You want to use a very soft brush and get some special auto shampoo.

Wet the car with a hose very lightly.

Put a few drops on the brush and begin the quest. Be sure you clean all the dirt off as little rocks and dirt may develop in to rust.

Take on section at a time so it doesn’t dry up.

Rinse and begin a new section. And remember! Never do this when the sun is shining as you will most definitely need too much water and get ugly streaks.

I have a garden hose with different settings. I used the “mist” for the initial wetting, “jet” for stains, and “cone” for rinsing off the soap. I thought I’d use too much water, but honestly I don’t think I had it running more than 5 minutes altogether on the different settings, and since I didn’t shower yesterday…I don’t feel too bad about it.

Oh yeah… and you want to wash it more often than we do. This was embarrassing. But I promised you honesty. So here it is

Our dog loves the car, so he enjoyed the front seat while I washed the car and B “cleaned” it on the inside.
I’m trying not to cry, because the mud won’t come off. But hey…I have some awesome bedsheets and a tarp, so I will do something with it…I just wish I would have done it sooner.