PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

A Penn State Student’s Waterless Car Wash

A waterless car wash. To most people, that sounds like some made up oxymoron, but to senior Taylor Mitcham, it’s a business.

After living in Los Angeles for most of her life, Mitcham was familiar with waterless car washes. The idea of washing your car with a spray of formula rather than water is not new, but Mitcham thought that it would fit well at Penn State. As a busy college student without a hose or even towels to clean the outside of her car, Mitcham bought wash solution and started cleaning when an idea hit her. Shouldn’t there be someone to do this for her?

She soon realized that by using a biodegradable carwash solution and microfiber cloth, she could create a business equivalent to a delivery restaurant. Customers could simply tell the company their car’s location and then an employee could find the car to clean. The limited materials, eco-friendliness, and space needed for the cleaning made this the perfect idea.

Last March, Mitcham took her idea for what would soon be Simple Car Wash to Penn State’s Small Business Development Center to get help and feedback on the idea. The team was able to set up a partnership between Mitcham and ClearWater Conservancy, which agreed to donate one dollar for every hundred gallons of water saved by the waterless car wash in a 1 for 100 initiative. 

I created Operation 1 for 100 because I wanted to become more a part of the Centre County community, not just as a business, but also as a citizen,” Mitcham said. “It’s good to give back.”

Right now, Mitcham is working with Happy Valley Communications and a marketing class in the Smeal College of Business to promote her services to students and plans to partner with more community members for fundraising events.

During Global Entrepreneurship Week, Mitcham will share her story at a student discussion panel at 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17 in the Carnegie Building Auditorium.

About the Author

Brandilyn Heckman

is a junior majoring in Secondary Education (English). Though she commutes to class from her home in Penns Valley, she refuses to be called a 'townie.' Along with Onward State, she currently interns with the Centre Daily Times. In her spare time, she is unafraid to show her love for Penn State, Landon Donovan, and Captain America. You can follow her on twitter at @Brandilynh or contact her via email with [email protected]

Comments

State College Links
More by Brandilyn

Penn State Love Stories 2015-16: Part 9

This week’s love stories follows a few long-distance relationships that overcame the odds thanks to true love.

The Life And Death Of The Penn State Elms

Penn State Love Stories 2015-16: Part 8

Athletics

Penn State Men’s Lacrosse Falls To No. 10 Rutgers 11-8 In Piscataway

Despite dominating on faceoffs, Rutgers led Penn State 44-27 in the shots department as the Nittany Lions couldn’t quite edge out the Scarlet Knights on the road.

Spillane Has Been Effective For Men’s Lacrosse In Ament’s Absence

Big Ten Announces 2018-2019 In-Conference Hoops Matchups

From Manager To Walk On: Penn State Softball’s Ashton Mensinger Enjoying Unexpected Opportunity

Penn State Women’s Lacrosse Loses To Maryland 13-8

Student Life

Homecoming 2018 Logo Revealed

The Homecoming Executive Committee revealed the Homecoming 2018 logo at halftime of the Blue-White game.

Miniature Penn State Tailgate Bus Up For Sale, Tailgate Never Has To End

Creamery ‘Brew And White’ Iced Coffee Now Available

Saquon Barkley Shows Some Skin On SI Cover

The NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 26, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Barkley is expected to be a top-five pick, and he and his most vehement supporters say there’s no reason he won’t go No. 1 overall.

Blue Beats White 21-10 In Penn State’s Spring Scrimmage

Mac Hippenhammer’s two-touchdown performance highlighted a Blue team victory Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

Dry Weather Expected For Blue-White Weekend

Predicted temperatures in the mid-50s and mostly cloudy skies should make for a pleasant (but more importantly, dry) Blue-White Weekend.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Miniature Penn State Tailgate Bus Up For Sale, Tailgate Never Has To End

The bus was purchased at a church and designed to carry 22 children. Now it carries about 30 cases of beer.

Send this to a friend