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UK car care expert Dodo Juice offers some seriously good detailing products. Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild car shampoo sounds impressive on paper, but how does it perform in reality? Check out our review to find out.

How I Tested Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild

First, I diluted Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild shampoo according to the individual instructions. Then I observed the amount of foam it produced and assessed how slick it felt on the panel. Finally, I carried out a visual and physical inspection to see how much dirt, if any, was left after washing. The price and how much shampoo is needed per wash were also taken into consideration.

Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild Car Shampoo testing

First Impressions

Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild has been part of the Dodo Juice lineup since the company’s launch. It must clearly be doing something right. The bottle is home to purple shampoo, dispensed via a handy flip-top lid, which I am always a fan of. As for the smell, it’s a sweet and delicious scent, albeit a mysterious one. I couldn’t place it, but it definitely made me keen to get stuck into the testing.

Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild Car Shampoo foam


As you’d expect, Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild is a pH-neutral shampoo, so it’s coating-safe. As it’s also free from wax and silicone/glaze oils, you can use it on glass and matt finishes without any problem. What makes it stand out is the fact that it contains limescale inhibitors to help soften wash water.

As I’ve said before, hard water and spotting after washing are an absolute nightmare for keen detailers. What I also really like is Dodo Juice’s honesty about Born To Be Mild. The company doesn’t try and give it the big sell and claim you’ll get a perfect spot-free finish.

The website says: “This doesn’t mean a completely spotless wash, but it does improve the situation and is a real bonus in hard-water areas.” And that makes this shampoo’s credentials that much more believable.

Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild Car Shampoo washing

What’s It Like To Use Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild?

The dilution instructions for Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild are quite complicated. If you’re using a small bucket, it’s two capfuls. For a big bucket, which I assume is what most of us would be using, it’s four capfuls. If you’re in a hard-water area, add another capful, and if your car is very dirty, add another one on top of that.

A capful is around 0.42 fl. oz, so that means you’re going to be realistically using between 1.7-2.5 fl. oz per wash. That’s quite a lot compared to other shampoos, where 1 fl. oz is usually the smallest amount you need.

Luckily, I have no complaints about how Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild performed. It delivered loads of foam and was really slick on the paint. The cleaning power was impressive, too. It’s just a lovely shampoo to wash with.

The Verdict

I really like Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild a lot. It’s really nice to use, and the limescale inhibitors are a huge bonus. The only downside is that you end up having to use more of it than you would with some other shampoos. But I can’t be mad at Dodo Juice for being honest about how much you need to get the best out of it. Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild is going straight into my detailing collection.

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