While cleaning your car on a sunny Saturday afternoon in your driveway may be a family-friendly activity for you and the kids, it is also extremely harmful. Letting auto fluids leak down into your drainage is dangerous because it allows that poisoned water filter to the nearest lake or river, which then causes harm to everyone else, not to mention the fish that live there.
Just because you don’t have a hybrid doesn’t mean you can’t help the environment a little. Thanks to this Organic Gardening article, here’s a look at 3 easy, eco-friendly car washing tips that will help you be a little more “green.”
1 – Wash your car on the lawn
If you don’t have a lawn, try washing your car on nearby gravel or dirt. The permeable surface will allow the fluids, filled with gross compounds such as gas, oil, tar, heavy metal particles, and more, to filter naturally into the dirt, soil or grass. This stops that nasty water from leaking into storm drainage and helps keep the fish safe!
2 – Wash your car at a self car wash
If you’re someone who fears anyone else touching your most prized possession, then consider going to a self car wash. Not only does the dirty leftover water get sent to a water-treatment plant but the amount of water used at a self car wash is significantly less than if you were going to an automatic car wash or washing your car at home. In fact, automatic car washes use about 35-50 gallons of water , which while it is still much less than if you were to wash it at home, it’s still more than a self car wash, which uses only about 15 gallons of water. In addition to using less water, it’s also very inexpensive which is a win/win!
3 – Wash your car without ANY water
Not that we’ve covered the best options to keep the water used in your car washing adventures to a minimum, imagine not using any water at all, or the long, inconvenient hose that comes with it. The author of this Organic Gardening article suggests it is very possible to not need water for your car wash, or any vehicle wash for that matter. To accomplish this, you’ll need to invest in a premade, eco-friendly “waterless car wash,” such as EcoTouch. There’s always the option to use a homemade cleaner. Get the details about a home-brewed window cleaner here.
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