Penn State student Taylor Mitcham launched her own waterless car wash business. (Penn State News)

Penn State student Taylor Mitcham launched her own waterless car wash business. (Penn State News)

A recent college graduate has invented a waterless car wash system and launched her own business just two years into the process. Taylor Mitcham graduated from Penn State with a degree in mining engineering and spent her last two years in school developing the idea. As a California native and busy student, her concerns were creating an environmentally friendly wash that could service customers quickly.

“I waited for half an hour for someone to be available to clean my car the first time I went to a car wash,” Mitcham told Penn State News. “That just wasn’t going to work for my schedule. I really needed a service that would just come to my apartment when I was available, but I couldn’t find anything like that close to me.”

Now Simple Car Wash will visit your home and use a biodegradable spray on the vehicle, which wipes off easily and requires minimal effort and time. With the help of a business incubator at her school, she launched the full business. Her hope is that the model can be helpful in places like her home state of California where the drought has affected the business. According to Penn State News:

Originally from Los Angeles, which is currently experiencing an unprecedented water shortage for the third year in a row, Mitcham’s priority was water conservation along with convenience. Figuring there were alternatives to a hose and bucket (which she didn’t even have at her apartment), Mitcham researched waterless car cleaning solutions online.

“I went to 20 different manufacturers and ordered 20 different samples of this type of cleaning solution,” said Mitcham. “I used all of them on my car, and all but two started to freeze in the colder State College weather. So out of those two, I picked the one I liked the best and ordered a full bottle.”

Washing a car with the waterless solution is fairly easy. Wash engineers spray a biodegradable liquid onto the vehicle, which lifts the dirt off the surface, before they wipe it off with a cloth — the solution doesn’t leave any scratches, there’s no need for rinsing or drying and it’s safe enough to drink. Mitcham found she could get her car clean in about 30 minutes with minimal elbow grease.