Simple Eco-Friendly Tips for Cleaning Your Car

Simple Eco-Friendly Tips for Cleaning Your Car

 By Guest Blogger Jess Walter

The average home car wash uses 100 to 140 gallons of water per car. That’s a lot of water especially if you live in a dry area. Furthermore, the runoff sends pollutants and harmful substances into the nearest storm drain and the water system, which then flows into lakes and streams near your home affecting local flora and fauna such as fish and insects, plus those which feed off them.


It is possible to wash your car in an eco-friendly manner which is both effective and affordable. There are several ways. First off, you could use a commercial washer - their water goes into the sewage system and is treated. If you want to do it yourself:


·        Don’t use an open hose

·        Invest in an automatic shutoff to cut your water usage in half

·        Wash your car over a grass or gravel surface so the water seeps in there rather than into a storm drain

·        Consider water-free car washing

·        Buy phosphorous free soap

·        Use an energy efficient vacuum cleaner.

These are just some of the things you can do to have less impact on the environment while cleaning your car. You can find more detail on these and more of the ideas I’ve tested in my full article on eco friendly car cleaning.

About the Author: "Jess Walter  is a freelance writer and mother. She loves the freedom that comes with freelance life and the additional time it means she gets to spend with her family and pets."

Categories: Green