Motorcycle Wash DuduiT Wipes

Vulcanet WipesMrs G has a habit of cleaning the ENTIRE house using wet wipes. And I mean that literally. She has a collection of different wipes which she uses to clean floors, counter tops, basins and even the keyboard I’m typing on right now. Up until now I’ve always felt that some gentle ridicule was warranted but I may have to change my tune now that I’ve discovered Duduit wipes – essentially wet wipes for your car or bike (or anything else if Mrs G were to get her hands on them).

When it comes to cleaning, be it a car or a motorcycle, I believe we fall into three categories. Those who, after the initial excitement has worn off, don’t bother. Those who spend more time cleaning than actually riding, and those that sit somewhere in-between. I’m definitely in the in-between camp. I didn’t buy a bike to spend hours poking it with a specially marked toothbrush. I bought it to ride, and since it’s a GS Adventure and I ride in any weather, I don’t expect it to be spotless. So if I can get away with giving the bike a good wipedown once in a while to get rid of the inevitable crud and keep the chrome bits shiny and corrosion free, then I’m a happy man and DuduiT wipes are just the ticket.

So what exactly are DuduiT wipes?

The wipes themselves are made from a honeycomb weave material designed to capture dirt without scratching or streaking. Each wipe is impregnated with 15 non-abrasive eco-friendly cleaning agents which do everything from remove tar and insects to clean metal, glass, plastics and even leather – all without needing a drop of water. The patented formula also includes a water repellent and polish which means that a quick buff with the supplied microfibre cloth brings out a lustrous shine and leaves a dirt-resistant film.

Do DuduiT wipes work?

In a word, yes, as the photos below show. Each wipe is surprisingly wet which makes wiping very easy and you’ll be amazed at how easily stubborn dirt comes off, particularly the stuff that bakes itself to your shiny chrome pipes. The built in de-greasing agent clearly works.

DuduiT comes in a manly-sized tub which contains 80 wipes together with a microfibre cloth and retails in the UK for £30.99. Unless your bike is really dirty, expect to use about 5 wipes per clean which means a tub will give you 16 washes at £2.50 a pop. You can read more about DuduiT wipes on the  DuduiT  website where you’ll also find details of UK retailers.

Ten Ways To Save The Planet Without Losing Your Mind

Check back every Monday for more ways to incorporate living green into your everyday life!

Going Green may seem overwhelming at times. You may think if you don’t go all the way why bother. But every little thing you do, does count. Don’t think that you have to have solar panels on your house to make a difference. Here are some small things you can do to help save the planet:

  1. Going to the car wash. Professional car washes are often more efficient with water use. They also dispose of the water properly, while when you wash your car at home metal and other toxic chemicals are washed in to the sewer and end up in our water ways. For a bigger impact use a waterless car wash like Eco Touch.
  2. Bring your own mug. Reusable mugs keep your drink warm longer, while saving a lot of waste. Most coffee shops will happily refill your mug and some even offer discounts. For a bigger impact only buy coffee at shops that use fair trade coffee.
  3. Skip the coffee stirrer. Americans throw away over 138 billion straws and stirrers. Put your sugar and cream in first and the coffee will stir itself. For a bigger impact skip straws in your soda. If you need the straw switch to glass or stainless stain straws.
  4. Be kind when you kill. Use vinegar to kill weeds. It will save you money and won’t hurt the environment or any pets or people. For a bigger impact skip fertilizer and just let your normal clippings do the work.
  5. Recycle those wire hangers. Wire hangers are almost always steel, which is not recycled by all recycling programs. Most dry cleaners will take them back. For a bigger impact buy hangers made from recycled plastic or other sustainable materials.
  6. Stop your junk mail. On average each American gets 40 pounds of junk mail each year. Services like Green Dimes will help you stop your junk mail. For a bigger impact stop receiving phone books and start using online directories to find phone numbers.
  7. Give it away. Before you throw something away, stop and think if someone else could use it. Either donate it or use a site likefreecycle.org. For a bigger impact if you can’t donate it find a way to reuse it in a craft or in some other way.
  8. Only wash full loads. You use the same energy and water to wash one shirt as you will to wash a whole load. You will save money on electric and water bills. For a bigger impact wash everything in cold or warm water.
  9. Skip the receipt at the ATM. It would save a roll of paper more than 2 billion feet long, or enough to circle the equator 15 times. For a bigger impact pay bills online. If everyone would pay online we could save around 18.5 million trees a year!
  10. Download your software. Software is often available for download. It will save you space and a lot of cds and packaging waste. For a bigger impact download your music from iTunes or similar sites.

EccoSave Surprises Us All Over Again

One thing that we do several times a week is to go through the list of all of our different dealers and get an idea of what they have been up to lately. We have several dealers so this can often take quite a long time, especially if we start to get distracted by some of the really cool things that some of our dealers have been doing. One of the dealers that is pretty consistent in regards to their ability to surprise us is Eccosave out of Toronto. Often referred to by us as one of our most innovative waterless car wash dealers, we can always count on them to have something very interesting to show us.

We have to be honest, even some of the things that shouldn’t normally be all that interesting tend to be a whole lot more interesting when we hear about them from the team at Eccosave. This is because we are already predisposed to expecting great things from them.So even when they simply post a picture of a car looking all nice and shiny, we are much more likely to be attracted to it because it is coming from our friends over at Eccosave.

The good thing for us is that they are frequently posting these kinds of pictures for us to enjoy, so we don’t have to go looking too far for them. When you wash and detail as many cars as the crew at Eccosave does then there isn’t really a need to dig too deep to find the really great pics. We can kind of imagine the Eccosave team just turning on their digital camera and syncing all of the pictures that they have. It seems to be just that easy for them with all of the exposure that they have to freshly washed, shiny cars.

Another interesting thing that they have been doing lately is engine cleanings. Another one of our partners, Hi Def Detail, does a whole lot of engine cleanings as well. The difference between the two companies is that Eccosave is using a steam cleaning method that we find very interesting. We haven’t personally tried it ourselves but we can definitely see the advantages of using steam to clean the engines as it can get in the hard to reach places much more easily than a person’s hand can. We can’t wait to see more updates from them about how well the steam cleaning project is going.

If you happen to live in the Toronto area then you are definitely in luck because you are close to one of the best solutions for waterless car wash products and waterless detailing in all of Canada. If you need any help whatsoever with getting adjusted to waterless then the crew at Eccosave is your best bet to help you. Give them a call and see for yourselves, you’ve got nothing to lose!