The best wash mitt for better car cleaning

This simple and affordable concept will make car cleaning easier and protect your car's paintwork from scratches.

A wash mitt in use on a Jeep Wrangler

by Ryan Gilmore |

Still popping to the supermarket to pick up a multi-pack of sponges to wash a car? Did you know that you may be doing damage to your paintwork every time you wash it? That soft sponge is actually very good at trapping bits of grit between it and your car's paintwork which will leave you with scratches and marks as you drag it across your car's bodywork.

If you're wanting pristine paintwork then you should switch to a type of wash mitt immediately. It's one of the cheapest upgrades you can do that will have one of the best effects overall.

And it's not just good for removing the risk of scratches, wash mitts sud up better than sponges meaning you'll get more from your cleaning products as you wash. So join us in looking at the best wash mitts currently on sale.

The best wash mitts for your car

Amazon Basics Deluxe Microfibre Car Wash Mitt (2 Pack)

Editoru2019s pick
Amazon Basics Deluxe Microfiber Car Wash Mitt (2 Pack)
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Microfibre noodles are a great choice for cleaning your car's wheels because they're flexible, disperse dirt, absorb water well and are cheap to make. This dual-set from Amazon features microfibre noodles all over the mitt and features a handy elasticated cuff to stop you from getting your hand wet.

Meguiar's Luxurious Lambs Wool Car Wash Mitt

Best luxury wash mitt
Meguiar's A7301 Luxurious Lambs Wool Car Wash Mitt
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Lambswool is incredibly soft to the touch and will be delicate on your car's paintwork too. It'll prevent scratches and will add an extra layer of luxury to your cleaning arsenal. It features a deep, luxurious pile, a gentle netting for stubborn marks and again comes with that important elasticated cuff.

Meguiar's Microfibre Car Wash Mitt

Best premium microfibre mitt
Meguiar's X3002 Microfibre Car Wash Mitt, White
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This wash mitt may lack the noodles of other brands but it's still a great way of avoiding any nasty scratches appearing on your paintwork. This mitt has been developed by Meguiar's to sud up quicker, making any car shampoo you use better. The microfibres are thick and good for preventing any scratches and it also features that all-important elasticated cuff.

ShinyCar UK Premium Car wash Mitt Kit

Best wash mitt set
ShinyCar UK Premium Car wash Mitt Kit
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Offering two different mitts designed for different car cleaning tasks, this set is the most versatile option for cleaning different types of dirt on your car. The first wash mitt features microfibre noodles all over that are designed to lather the shampoo up and is perfect for general cleaning. The other mitt features polymesh design that can cut through embedded items like bird poo without daming the paint on one side, and sot coral fleece on the other side which can be used for detailing too.

Kent Car Care Microfibre Noodle Wash Mitt

Best single wash mitt
Kent Car Care GKEQ2429 Microfibre Noodle Wash Mitt
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Only need the one microfibre noodle wash mitt? Take a look at this option from Kent Car Care. It features the same noodles as the Amazon Basics example and will help prevent scratches from forming on your car. As a bonus, you'll get it in a random colour too.

Halfords Wash Mitt

Best budget option
Halfords Wash Mitt

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If you're on a tight budget and still want something that'll keep the scratches at bay, this microfibre wash mitt from Halfords will still offer good quality for cleaning. One side features microfibre noodles and the other features a meshed microfibre finish. It's simple and cheap but effective.

What you need to know about wash mitts:

How does it prevent scratches?

When you use a sponge to clean your car, you're dragging that big surface over the bodywork to remove debris. A sponge however will collect little bits of debris that it will drag along the bodywork creating small scratches. This is also called marring.

A wash mitt works by filtering away bits of debris. The surface is softer and can shift about more meaning that bits of debris won't get trapped underneath the paintwork.

What else can I do to stop scratches?

Small scratches and marring aren't the end of the world but are noticeable in sunlight and can knock some money off your car's value when it comes time to sell it. Aside from using a wash mitt to clean your bodywork, there are several other things you can do too:

Always hand wash your car as opposed to an automatic one, it will be gentler on your car's paint.

Use snow foam and a clay bar to remove embedded dirt from your bodywork before cleaning it with your wash mitt.

Install a grit guard in your bucket to collect debris so you don't rub it over your car's paintwork.

Don't use a chamois to dry your car, microfibre drying towels are a lot better for paint.

What should I look for in a wash mitt?

Wash mitts are designed for your car's delicate paintwork so it's worth knowing exactly what you're getting. The two materials they feature are microfibre and lambswool. Microfibre is cheaper and great for cleaning paint whereas lambswool is better for the planet, but costs more to buy.

If it's machine washable then that's an added bonus and will help save you time cleaning it.

An elasticated cuff will keep your hand dry, a nice bonus, but by no means essential.

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