Environmentally-Friendly Ways to Clean Your Car

As we are focusing more on the environment, it has become imperative to save as much water as possible. With the use of chemicals and with contaminated water running into the ground, washing your car does little to help the environment.

However, it is not possible to skip washing it altogether as regular cleaning helps to protect the paintwork, helps to prevent the underside of your car from corroding whilst maintaining good all round visibility.

Here are some ways to minimize the impact on the environment while you wash your car.

Use Microfiber Towels

Did you know that even the rags that you use to clean your car can make a huge difference? Using old and contaminated cloths helps to spread dirt and they tend not to be very absorbent either. Modern high quality thick microfiber towels soak up water and assist in lifting dirt from the surfaces of your car. This minimizes the usage of water and reduces wastewater going to ground.

Avoid Using a Hose

Using a hose when cleaning your car leads to huge water wastage. Even if you clean your car for just ten minutes, you are using 100 gallons of water. Instead, you should use a bucket and fill it halfway. This is more than enough to get your car clean providing you change the water a number of times in order to rinse your clothes clean to avoid any dirt being smeared across your paintwork. Avoiding the use of a hose will allow you to save more than 90 gallons of water and this will help the environment by reducing the amount of contaminated water reaching the ground.

Wash Frequently

You most likely shower yourself every day. If you showered just once or twice every month, there would be plenty of dirt to remove from your body. This would ultimately need a more intensive shower and more cleaning products. Cars work in a similar way. If you wash them just once every month, a lot of grime and road dirt will build upon its bodywork. This will take much more water and cleaning agents to achieve a clean car. By following the tips provided in this article, you will use much less water during the car washing process and you can thus justify cleaning your car significantly more often. With much less dirt to wash away each time you wash your car you will be able to clean more efficiently, more quickly, and of course, with much less water, and much fewer cleaning agents. A more environmentally friendly process all round.

Limit Water Usage as Much as Possible

There are multiple helpful and efficient ways to keep your car clean without using water or only a small amount of water. You will need 2 buckets. Standard size buckets will suffice. Fill the first bucket with clean water and your favorite car wash.

Use just enough water to help bubble formation. Wet the bodywork of the car with clean water from the second bucket. Use the contents of the first bucket to remove grime and dirt with your clean cloth or sponge making sure you rinse the cloth or sponge regularly. Begin cleaning from the top of the car and work your way down slowly to the car number plate. Use clean water from the second bucket to rinse the soap residue throughout the cleaning process.

This method will not eliminate water usage but it will reduce the water consumption substantially whilst minimizing the amount of cleaning agents used to clean your car.

Now let’s have a look at some things you can use to clean your car.

Using Cola to Clean the Windscreen

When it rains after a dry spell, your windscreen becomes greasy due to the buildup of residues, and this reduces visibility significantly. You can get rid of the blotches and streaks by cleaning theglass with cola. Ensure when doing so that you stretch a towel across the bottom of the windscreen to prevent cola reaching the paintwork as it is likely to stain your paintwork if you leave it to sit for any length of time. Cola will get rid of the grime on our windscreen due to the chemicals it contains.

Also, make sure to wash off the cola residue immediately with water otherwise your cleaning efforts will be wasted as the sugar based residue with attracting dirt and dust.

Using Anti-Bacterial Wipes to Clean Car Windows

Clean the windscreen and the car windows on the inside with anti-bacterial wipes. These can be stored in the glove compartment for convenience and if used properly they shouldn’t leave smears on the windows. There is nothing easier and more convenient with the ability to return visibility to your car’s windows.

Bleach Clean the Wiper Blades

If the wiper blades of your car are dirty it becomes difficult to maintain visibility in the rain as the wiper blades lose their effectiveness in wiping grime and water away from the windscreen. An effective way to clean your wiper blades involves a diluted mix of cold water and household bleach. Wiping the face and sides of the blades with a weak bleach solution will remove built up grime and residue. Wiping the wiper blades using a soft cloth dipped in the weak bleach solution is very effective. Always make sure you wipe the blades using a dry cloth before you lower them into place on the windscreen. Take care not to allow the weak solution to make contact with plastic parts or the paintwork of your vehicle.

Micro-fiber Drying

Air drying your car or driving it while it’s wet can leave behind unsightly watermarks. You should use a micro-fiber soft cloth to remove excess water before driving your car. Always make sure you use new micro-fiber cloths in order to avoid scratching your vehicle’s paintwork.

In order to ensure you protect the hard work you have invested in cleaning your car you need to ensure the following:

  • You do not park your vehicle under trees where leaf residue and sap can damage your paintwork
  • You avoid parking your vehicle next to sprinkler systems where water can leave marks on your clean paintwork, particularly when left to dry in direct sun-light
  • You do not park your car where there are lots of birds such as pigeons or seagulls as it is likely that your car will be soiled by them

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