TOY BOY: Car washers can do worse than AutoDry

When I was growing up, I had an uncle who loved his new car like only a man who grew up during the Great Depression could.

When I was growing up, I had an uncle who loved his new car like only a man who grew up during the Great Depression could.

For him, washing that car on a Saturday afternoon was a near- religious experience.

Not me. I head to the car wash. If you're a PR pro anywhere but New York, chances are you use your car for work and go to the car wash as well. But now, there is a new product that wants to wean us away from that.

The Mr. Clean AutoDry attaches to your garden hose and promises spot-free drying without having to pass as much as a rag over your road machine.

The AutoDry comes with its own soap and a special filter. Turning a dial on top changes how the water comes out and that prevents spotting.

It works well enough. I was surprised that the instructions told me I needed a sponge to wipe in the soap after distributing it on my Rav4 - that was more work than I was expecting. It did dry spot-free as promised.

If you want to wash your car, you could do worse. I'm still headed for the cash wash though.

Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to toybox@prweek.com

  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek

    Price $20. Replacement soap, $5, replacement filters $6, each good for 10 washes

    Available at Target, Wal-Mart, AutoZone, elsewhere

    Specs Starter kit has enough soap/filter for three washes

  • Have you registered with us yet?

    Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

    Register
    Already registered?
    Sign in

    Would you like to post a comment?

    Please Sign in or register.