I'm in California, so my cleaning method may not work for everyone, but in the several years that I owned my first Speedster, the Blue Super Widebody, I'll bet I only used a bucket and hose on it 4 times.
Since most of these cars don't have a choke and need to be warmed up for a couple of minutes, I would pull it out of the garage and go over it with a California Duster. I would then use a detailer spray and microfiber cloth to get off any bird dropping and minor bug splats. On the rare occasions when there were lots of bug splats, I used a warm damp cotton towel and a dry towel to melt them off.
By then it's warmed up and I drive away, while being very careful to avoid driving through any puddles and slowing way down if I couldn't avoid one.
Like I said, it works here, but not as well in a lot of other locations.