Bethesda Magazine Editor's Pick - Best Around Town

Eco Detail - Editor's Pick
(article, courtesy of Jan/Feb 13 edition)

We go to Whole Foods to buy "natural" foods and products-so why not get an eco-friendly car wash while we're shopping? we like to do just that in the Chevy Chase store's parking garage, where Eco Detail says it uses steam and biodegradable, pet-friendly products to hand-clean cars.

Dimitrios vergitis, 48, is the man behind the concept. Born in Greece, vergitis was a philosophy and theology professor who spent years in South Africa. where he was struck by how little water people there consumed (typically s gallons a day for an entire family). When he moved to the United States four years ago, he noted that ·a typical car wash uses 80 gallons of water (per car) a day," he says. ·1 think that's a sin!"

With seven employees, Eco Detail offers a "basic detail" (steam hand-wash, tire shine. windows. mirrors and vacuum) for $41 to $63, depending on vehicle size. North Bethesda's Michael K. brought his Tesla Roadster the day we visited. "I bring my cars nowhere else," she says.

The Shops at Wisconsin Place, Garage P-3 (below Whole Foods and Bloomingdale's), 5307 Friendship Blvd., Chevy Chase (other Montgomery county locations and mobile service available). 301-502-9619,