EZDetailer Carnauba Cleaner Wax


My father-in-law picked up a few cans of EZDetailer at a big box retailer and gave me a can to try out, so I thought it’d be fun to blog about it here. As someone who typically buys the very high-end detailing products, I was at first a little skeptical of how a can of all purpose cleaner from Costco would perform, but I have to say I’m pretty impressed with the results.

Although it doesn’t advertise itself as one, this product can be used as a waterless car wash – I started with a pretty dirty car, and applied like you would typically do a waterless wash like I learned in a detailing clinic a while back, using one cloth to apply the product, and another cloth to remove it. I applied little pressure and switched to a clean microfiber whenever I noticed a cloth getting dirty.

The verdict:


It took my car from filthy to quite shiny and did a great job! It was pretty easy to apply, rubbing in a circular motion with low pressure to apply, allow it a minute or two to haze, then wipe it off with a clean microfiber. I found it worked better to do smaller portions at a time, and was working in pretty good heat despite being in my garage in the early AM. For the windows I just used the same towel that I was removing the product with to clean the windows and that left a streak free finish. The product itself was thicker than most detailing sprays due to the wax component and seems like it will add some good protection to the paint and help bead up water which is nice.


This product also worked great on wheels too, but I wouldn’t recommend for interior parts, rubber/tires, or non-painted surfaces. Since it is a cleaner wax, it won’t do well on fabrics, leathers, etc. The wheels turned out better than I expected, although I still prefer to use water & soap just to get in the cracks and places you normally can’t reach with a towel.

For about $10 a can it’s a pretty good deal, and cleaning my entire car only took about 1/4 of a can, so that works out to about $2.50 a wash…and being in California, waterless washing is definitely appreciated during the drought.

Nick Roshon

Nick has been an Audi owner and fanatic for the last 10 years, and started Nick's Car Blog in 2009 to share DIYs and pictures of his A4. Currently he drives a 2012 Audi TT-RS, and has previously owned a B7 S4, B7 A4, and an 82 Audi Coupe (GT) LeMons race car. In his day job, Nick is a digital marketer and lives in San Diego, CA, USA.


  1. I would like to give it a try, my concern with waterless wash is rubbing sand and other dirt particles stuck in the compound. I live in Vegas, as everyone knows, it’s a desert with plenty of blowing sand, however, if there’s an easier way to keep my awesome S5 clean and shiny, I’ll look into learning the waterless technique, thanks for the info

  2. You can definitely do a waterless car wash if it’s dusty, but you may want to use more of a lubricated spray rather than a cleaner wax. There is a point when a car is too dirty for a waterless wash, but it’s gotta be pretty bad. I’ve seen and heard people clean some absolutely filthy cars waterless. The trick is to use plenty of spray, and NO pressure on your towel, you just drag the towel along to pull off any dirt. You’ll then do a second or third pass over the area until it is completely clean. Check out this forum post for some more info:

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