Green Cleaning Tips for Washing Your Car
It is estimated that on average we spend over 300 hours a year driving, which means that we spend a lot of time in our vehicles - whether it's commuting to and from work, taking the kids to soccer practice and dance classes, or visiting family and friends from out of town. And with warmer weather upon us here in Canada, you may be using your car even more often than usual!
But have you ever put much thought into the cleaning products you use to wash the outside and the inside of your car? Just like traditional home cleaning products, the cleaning products we use to clean our vehicles can contain toxins and chemicals that can emit fumes and leave behind harmful residue, which can be detrimental to our overall health and the health of the planet as well. Which is why it is important that we be just as mindful of the cleaning products we use to wash the inside and outside of our vehicles as well - because non-toxic living goes beyond your home.
You might be wondering how do I even clean my car using eco-friendly cleaners and will they even be strong enough to remove all of the dirt, grease, oily handprints, and debris? Well, what if we told you that it’s possible - and you can do it with just one bottle of Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds All-Purpose Cleaner! Don’t believe us? We’ll read ahead!
What is Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds All-Purpose Cleaner?
Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds is truly the All-Purpose Cleaners of All-Purpose Cleaners. With Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds you can clean everything from your laundry, to your fruits and vegetables, to your patio furniture, and more. This natural, non-toxic cleaner is made from high-quality, plant-derived ingredients, including natural fir needle and spruce essential oil, and is a tough cleaner on dirt, grease and grime. Its natural cleaning properties will leave surfaces clean and shiny, removing everything from oily fingerprints to debris. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds is an effective cleaning product that is gentle on your skin and the environment - made without any synthetic dyes, fragrances, or foaming agents. It is a safe alternative to toxic car foaming washes, which can be laden with chemicals, like hydrofluoric acid - an extremely corrosive chemical that can be harmful if inhaled, ingested, or if it comes into contact with your eyes or skin. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds solution is certified vegan and cruelty-free, and comes in post-consumer recycled packaging, making it an eco-friendly option that is also safe for animals as well.
Another positive aspect of cleaning your car with Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds All-Purpose Cleaner is you can clean most aspects of your vehicle with just one bottle - meaning less cleaners you need to buy and less waste! You also only need one tablespoon of this All-Purpose Cleaner and a bucket of water to get the job done, saving you time and money too.
How to Clean the Inside of Your Car Using Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds All-Purpose Cleaner
The interior of our cars can get very messy - with food crumbs, drink spills, dirt from our shoes, dust, and dirty fingerprints, it can seem like you need a whole army of different cleaning products to tackle it all! However, as we have mentioned, that’s not the case! To clean your car interior you just need the following:
- Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds All-Purpose Cleaner
- A reusable spray bottle
- Microfiber cloths
In a clean, reusable spray bottle add 1/2 tablespoon of Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds to warm water and mix together. The versatility of the Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds allows for you to clean a wide variety of interior car surfaces including, plastic, wood, metal, and leather surfaces. For any stained upholstery or carpets, you can also use the Sal Suds diluted solution as a spot treatment for stains. Just spray and wipe with a microfiber cloth or mit. Give extra attention to your steering wheel and other surfaces that are used often. Vacuum your car's interior to remove any dirt, debris, or dust that is lurking. Spray down your mats with the Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds diluted solution and use a hose or pressure washer to rinse clean.
How to Clean the Outside of Your Car Using Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds All-Purpose Cleaner
Various weather conditions, fingerprints, and dirt and debris can all contribute to the dirtiness of your car’s exterior. Getting your car shiny and sparkling clean doesn’t require a special foam car wash cleaner or wax - thanks to Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds! To wash your car’s exterior without any harsh chemicals or toxins, you’re going to need the following:
- Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds All-Purpose Cleaner
- A mop bucket
- Microfiber cloths
- A sturdy brush
In a clean mop bucket, add ½ a tablespoon of Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds to warm water. You can use this solution to clean the body of your car with a sponge. The diluted solution is also very effective for cleaning headlights and tires, where there tends to be the most build-up of dirt and debris. You can use a sturdy bristled brush to clean the tires and lift caked on dirt. Rinse with a hose and dry with a microfiber cloth.
Other Green Cleaning Tips for Cleaning Your Car
Green cleaning doesn’t stop here, we’ve got a few extra tips and tricks to help you get your car it’s cleanest - without any toxins!
- To clean your windows, mirrors, and any other glass surfaces of your car you can use pure club soda! Just add it to a spray bottle and spritz onto any glass surface for an effective glass cleaner that will remove watermarks and leave it shiny! Club soda also won’t ruin the paint of your vehicle either, so it's safe to use on the exterior as well.
- Traditional car air fresheners more than likely contain carcinogens, including Parabens, Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Phthalates, many of which are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). If you’re looking for a green, eco-friendly alternative for a car air freshener, you can use a non-toxic air freshener or even a natural hand sanitizer spray, which are available in fresh, clean scents like Lavender, Lemon Verbena, and Vanilla & Pear, to freshen the air in your vehicle.
Considering how much time we spend in our vehicles, making the switch to greener, eco-friendly cleaning products to clean the inside and the outside of your car is important - not only for the health of you and your family, but for the environment too. With Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds, cleaning your car is also a breeze, since you only need one bottle to get the job done!