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How Washie Helps Keep Your Car Squeaky Clean

Ben Stegner 26-03-2018

MakeUseOf is expanding its repertoire of apps! Earlier in 2018, we brought you NeedHave, an app to connect donors with those in need, and Obliviate, an app for sending self-destructing messages. Now we’re excited to announce the release of our newest app: Washie. Read on to see what Washie does and how to use it.


Download: Washie for Android | iOS (Free)

What Is Washie?

Washie is a straightforward iOS and Android app that helps you make sure you never wash your car right before a storm again.

There’s nothing worse than spending money on a car wash (or taking the time to do it yourself), only to have rain ruin it the next day. Not only does this waste time, but it’s a waste of money to wash your car when it’s not needed.

Washie provides you with a seven-day forecast and gives you a clear Yes or No on whether you should get a car wash. If there’s rain or snow scheduled in the next week, the app will recommend you avoid getting a wash.

But you don’t even have to check the app manually. Washie will automatically notify you when it’s a good day for a wash. And if you like, you can change the number of days ahead that Washie warns you of rain.


Let’s look at how Washie works.

Using Washie

Washie Car Wash App Main Screen

Download Washie from the App Store and open it on your device. You’ll have to grant the app permission to send notifications and use your location before proceeding, or the app won’t work as intended.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll see Washie’s main screen. Slide the car from the left side of the screen to the right to see if you should wash your car today.


This reveals Washie’s home screen, with a big Yes or No answering whether you should wash your car. You’ll see the seven-day forecast below, with each day’s temperature and conditions. If any of the next seven days calls for rain or snow, you shouldn’t wash your car.

Washie Settings

Washie Car Wash App Settings

Tap the three-bar Menu button at the top-right of Washie’s main screen to open its settings. Here, you can toggle a few options:

  • Weather criteria: Decide how many consecutive rain-free days Washie will check when recommending a wash.
  • Wash reminders: Turn this off if you don’t want to see a notification when it’s a good day for a wash.
  • Units: Choose between Fahrenheit and Celsius for temperature readings.

You’ll also see links to share the app with friends, check out MakeUseOf’s other apps, get in contact with the developers, or rate the app.


To return to the main screen from Settings, just swipe in from the left side of the screen.

Washie Saves You Time and Money

Washie is a simple app designed to make car washes simple. The automated reminders mean you don’t have to manually check if it’s going to rain in the next week, saving you time. And by avoiding washing your car right before a storm, you save money by getting the most out of your wash.

So if you’re tired of rain ruining your shiny clean car and don’t want to plan a schedule for getting your car washed, let Washie do the work. Your car will thank you!

Download: Washie for Android | iOS (Free)


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  1. Col. Panek
    March 27, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    And where is Washie sending information about you?

    March 27, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Yet another app to help one's schnitzel (brain) to move information one neuron further, if it's not an early Fool's Day prank itself. I will credit makeuseof for the joke.

  3. dragonmouth
    March 26, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    With weather forecasting being no more than 33% accurate, you have a better than a 2 out of 3 chance that Washie is wrong and your wash WILL be ruined by precipitation. Of course, Washie does not warn you of pigeons and other feathered menaces to your just-washed car.

  4. Steve Fahnestalk
    March 26, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Ha! You're a bit early for April 1, but a good one, anyway. I see you hold a B.S. I hope that stands for Bachelor of Science and not the one that means male cow droppings! Anyway, good job!

  5. Fred Thompson
    March 26, 2018 at 11:44 am


    An app for people who are too stupid to look at their weather app...

    They "save" time and such by...launching their app store, installing an app, approving the permissions, consuming storage space, consuming screen space, adding yet another app with Google CrashLytics.


    look at your weather app (which you could have on the home screen...)

    • Deborah Graham
      March 27, 2018 at 12:13 pm

      Fred, I was thinking the same thing....this is either a Joke or brilliant marketing. There are apps that do stupider things. It's a one-trick pony, but for those that need to be told what outfit to wear to work each day, or what food to have for a meal, that is, those that cannot make a decision for themselves, this may be a terrific app. My first reaction was to laugh at the early April Fool's joke...then I thought maybe this is real and wondered about the person who thought this app up and what other things does he (or she) need help deciding? Soon, I expect to see "Does this outfit go together?" (if you have to ask, then 90% of the time I would expect the answer to be "NO" or "Should I go on a date with this person?" and other life-changing was good for the morning laugh, so I thank them for that! (And, having written my own app, I applaud them for the work that went into this effort and hope they enjoyed the experience).

      • AJ
        March 27, 2018 at 2:02 pm

        Sad part is, more than a few will use this shiny app. I wonder if there’s an app to check if an app is an April Fool joke ... ?

      • dragonmouth
        March 28, 2018 at 6:23 pm

        Programmers sometime write apps as an exercise in coding or for their own amusement, not to solve some earth-shaking problem. Washie seems to be one such app. It looks like the first step in creating an electronic Magic 8 Ball app. An app that makes a random decision by querying another app.