How to save money on car cleaning products with spray bottles

Save money by buying in bulk and diluting car cleaning products. All you need are some good spray bottles.

A spray bottle in use

by Ryan Gilmore |

One of the most off-putting aspects of car cleaning is the price of some of the products. Obviously, you'll pay more for better quality car shampoos and snow foams but when you're looking at nearly £20 for a one-litre bottle of shampoo, it can feel almost unjustifiable.

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Most car cleaning products are available in large five-litre bottles that work out cheaper than a smaller bottle of product. Problem is, unless you're The Rock, holding up five litres of product for an extended period isn't very comfortable, and these large bottles have no spray nozzle. That's why a good spray bottle can help you save cash. We've selected our favourites so you too can save some money when it comes to car cleaning.

The best spray bottles for car cleaning

Gtechniq SP2 Spray Bottle

The best spray bottle for car cleaning
Gtechniq SP2 Spray Bottle
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Featuring nearly all the desirable traits you'd want from a spray bottle, Gtechniq's SP2 Spray Bottle is our top choice. It's semi-transparent, features an adjustable nozzle and is well-made. And while a label would be handy, a permanent marker will easily suffice here. It's also good value for money and offers a generous 705ml capacity which makes it our top choice.

Clay Roberts Water Spray Bottles

The best spray bottle for car cleaning on a budget
Clay Roberts Water Spray Bottles
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A good value triple set of spray bottles, this set is very similar to the Gtechniq option above. It's also semi-transparent, has a capacity of 750ml and features an adjustable nozzle. It also features a small indented measuring guide for easy dilution. Different coloured heads are available too which will help for easy identification.

Gloria Foammaster FM 10

The best spray bottle for foaming your car
Gloria Foammaster FM 10
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Think of this spray bottle as a manual replacement for a snow foam lance. It not only will cover your car in cleaning products, but it'll also produce a rich foam. It works with any cleaning product with a pH value between 5 and 10 which makes it perfect for all car cleaning products and the foaming consistency can be adjusted between three settings.

What to look for in a spray bottle:

A transparent bottle will make diluting the products easier and allow you to keep your eyes on how much product you have left.

An adjustable nozzle lets you choose between a jet and mist spray, helping you get the most from your cleaning products.

Labels will help prevent cross-contamination and allow you to easily identify a chosen product easier, good for when you have several, similar-looking products in identical bottles.

Essential accessories:

Addis Measuring and Mixing Jug with Handle

Addis Measuring and Mixing Jug with Handle
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A measuring jug will make dilution ratios a lot easier. Go for plastic as glass will break easier.

Laser Funnel 95mm Orange

Laser Funnel 95mm Orange

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A good funnel is a must-have for any car owner, this basic one will do nicely.

The best car cleaning products for spray bottles:

Most car cleaning products have a long shelf-life which means buying in bulk will save you serious cash without the worry of the product going to waste. Most companies offer five-litre bottles of product, which means if you have room for storage, you'll save some cash compared to buying a smaller bottle.

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