We've been on the lookout for "environmentally
friendly" products that might replace some of the motorcycle cleaning
chemicals that fill our garage shelves.
Eco Touch (or "eco touch", in lowercase, as it's
officially called) was brought to our attention by a local purveyor
of...chemicals for cleaning cars and motorcycles.
We've reviewed similar "waterless" car wash
products before, like Glare Sahara
and Dri Wash 'n
Guard (review), and some "Quick Detailer" products (see links on right) that can
also be used to remove light dust without having to wash the motorcycle.
But all of those contain various amounts of
Now a "green" product that can replace a
chemical stew is a great idea -- in theory -- but it must be equal to the
task, and that's not easy. After all, chemicals are specifically
designed to do things that nature doesn't do, won't do, or takes her own
sweet time to do.
Eco Touch Waterless Car Wash (or Car Care)
smells vaguely like a mild coconut and soap mixture and, in fact, coconut is
used with soy beans to create the surfactant, which reduces the surface
tension of the dirt.
It's always slightly disturbing to spray one of
these waterless cleaners on a dirty motorcycle and start wiping away,
because we're programmed to first rinse the bike then slop it with a soapy
water mixture to do the same thing.
But we have to trust modern technology, and hope
that mixtures like Eco Touch will loosen the dirt without damage to the
It's always important, by the way, to use a
clean microfiber towel with waterless wash products. Microfiber
somehow lifts the dirt without grinding it back in to the paint -- in theory
Eco Touch is easy to use -- spray it on, and
make sure everything is soaked, one small panel at a time. They
recommend spraying the surface of the towel also, a good idea to ensure a
Wipe it off, flipping the towel frequently.
A haze will appear, and we found that it's best to use a clean towel to buff
Eco Touch works about as well as the other
waterless cleaners, but it does seem to leave a slight film that takes
longer to buff out than other products we've tried.
It also does not leave a waxy or polished
surface finish, unlike the Glare Sahara, which does leave a very nice
polished finish, so you may have to use a quick detailer like
Britemax #6S Spray & Shine
(review) (our favorite) or
ProtectAll (review) or
Glym (review) or the like.
The 22 oz. container of Eco Touch shown here is
supposed to last for 4-6 car washes; 4 is probably accurate, depending upon
how much dirt is on the surface.
It takes about 20-25 pumps of the sprayer to
clean a large motorcycle fuel tank and front fender; perhaps about 1.5-2.0
oz. per motorcycle.
Conclusion: Eco Touch Waterless Car
Wash works about as well as other waterless products, and in some ways it's
easier to use. It does clean light dirt from the painted surfaces of
motorcycles -- we wouldn't want to use it on heavy dirt, grease or mud --
and it leaves your conscience feeling a bit better.
It does save a lot of water -- Eco Touch
estimates as much as 600 gallons per bottle, when regular water washing
(probably leaving the hose run?) is considered.
Recommended for any motorcycle owner, but
probably especially helpful for owners in dry climates or locations with
water restrictions. Actually, this type of product is useful also in
locations where it might be difficult to access a hose and water supply.
Score: 4 out of 5
Review Date: October 2008