The Cleaning Lady

Clean your car the “green” way

Now that the weather is warmer, I see more and more people washing their cars in their driveways. I, for one, love to wash my car myself and get rid of the dirt, grease, salt and grime that it picks up throughout the week. To preserve the life of your car, you are supposed to wash it at least once a month.

You should not use dish detergent or other soaps that you would normally use to wash anything inside the house. Remember, those are designed to cut grease and they will take the nice waxy finish right off your vehicle. I learned that one by trial and error when I washed my car with Dawn and it wound up with a dull finish. It sure took the grease out of my way!

Washing your car at home it is not the most earth-friendly thing you can do, unfortunately. First of all, many of the car soap products on the market today are toxic. Secondly, even if you used no soap and just gave it a rinse and a wipe down with a chammie, the grease, gasoline, etc that comes off your car can run off into your garden or down the drain. Interestingly, it is more earth-friendly to have your car washed at a real car wash than to do it yourself. When you wash your car at home, you use significantly more water, for one. But secondly there are government rules that require car washes to dispose of their dirty water through sewers so the water gets filtered before it gets used by people. If you wash your car at home, the run off doesn’t go through the sewer most likely, but it goes down the drainage system that spits out into rivers and lakes.

If you do have to wash at home, there are some products that are environmentally friendly, so putting the water waste issue aside, the toxins would not be a concern. Go to these websites for a variety of products:

Eco Touch

Simple Green

10 Responses to “Clean your car the “green” way”

  1. Hey Cleaning Lady,

    “Eco-friendly cleaning” type those three words into this website : you will be able to find some great green products and you and your car will both be happy. Order online at that website and save even more by not having to drive anywhere to get your car washed!
    go to link home and Garden and type in “Eco-friendly cleaning.”

  2. nashwa aly says:

    nice tips,thnx
    my husband likes to wash it every week at the gasoline station ,so is it right for the car to be washed every week,plz tell me


    You can also look up, the us 1/4 of a gallon and still get your car clean

  4. Emily Williams says:

    Our household actually uses Eco Touch product you mentioned. My kids just spray it on and wipe off, very easy :)

  5. Beth says:

    2 more ways to make washing your vehicle at home more ecofriendly is to:
    1 – use a bucket of soapy water and sponge to wash the vehicle and only use your hose (with attached spray nozzle) to rinse – saves much water
    2- park you vehicle on your lawn while you wash it and the water also waters your lawn

  6. John Parmater says:

    I agree with Beth. Doing it that way will use much less water than the car wash. Thanks for the info about not using household detergents.

  7. John Parmater says:

    If you click on the site cited above

    you get to Then when you click on “Cleaning and Maintenance” you get “Sorry, no products match your search.”

  8. Heather says:

    We wash our cars on the front lawn. It then waters the grass at the same time. Although the neighbors may look at you like you’re crazy at least you’ll know the real reason you are doing it!

  9. mrs morrisis says:

    how do u clean lace on window shades?

  10. mrs morrisis says:

    it’s not a comment it’s a ques.

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