The Eco-Friendly way to keeping your car clean

Everybody realises the importance of looking after our planet and saving water.

One of the key principles for eco-friendly car washing is washing with a bucket not a hosepipe and doing it on the lawn, not on the roadside. When washing with a hosepipe, all the nasty's get taken with the water into the drainage system and may find its way into rivers and streams! With the excellent weather we have been experiencing many more people are actually washing their cars themselves and just getting into the open air. So, not only do you save water, but money and the environment, when you use the following eco-friendly car washing tips.

  • Go waterless - You don't really need lots of water and cleaners to give your car a great wash - don't laugh can be done. Take a spray bottle fill it with some eco-friendly waterless car wash product own and some cloths the car piece by piece. It takes practice, but it can be done.
  • Get off the pavement - parking where there is lawn, gravel or some permeable surface, allows the natural microbes to work as filters breaking down some of the nasty compounds in the waste water and preventing them from getting into the water system.
  • To get the inside nice and clean - Vacuum the interior well and freshen up your upholstery by sprinkling some odour-absorbing dry baking soda onto the seats and let it sit 30 minutes to two hours before vacuuming it up.
  • If your town has a self-service car wash it’s still a greener choice as the runoff water is normally captured and sent to a treatment plant before being introduced back into the main water system.
  • Or how about some green products that you can make yourself?

    Glass cleaner

    • Mix 1/2 cup white vinegar with two cups of water in a spray bottle.
    • Add a few drops of pulp free lemon juice for fragrance
    Apply directly onto a lint free cloth. Wipe the windows clean and buff with a micro-fibre cloth for extra shine.Here is a natural solution for carpet and upholstery cleaner:
    • Baking soda
    • White vinegar
    • Scrubbing brush

    Mix baking soda and white vinegar together to form a paste. Then, work the paste into any carpet and upholstery stains with a toothbrush or something similar. Allow the paste to dry. Then, vacuum up the baking soda, and the stains should be gone. For more stubborn stains, this may need to be done several times.

    Here is a natural solution for tyres:

    • Baking soda
    • Water
    • Scrubbing brush

    Mix baking soda and water together to form a paste. Then, work the paste into the tyres with a scrubbing brush. Let it sit for several minutes. Then, rinse off.

    Here is a natural car interior polish for vinyl and leather:

    • 1 part vodka
    • 1 part distilled vinegar (white wine or rice)
    • 3-5 drops rosemary oil
    • 5 drops jojoba or avocado oil

    Combine ingredients together in a small glass jar and shake vigorously. Pour into a squeezy bottle or narrow necked jar you can tip onto a cloth. To use simply pour, squeeze or tip a small amount onto a lint free polishing cloth and buff in circles on your dash board, leather seats, steering wheel and doors for a lovely sheen. The rosemary scent is soothing but enlivening – it will help keep you calm and alert when driving.

    These are just some basic tips from an eco-friendly perspective to keep your car clean and shiny!