You can reduce the environmental impact of your car by avoiding washing it in your driveway. By doing that, you avoid the gallons of water you would not hesitate to use from the garden hose. That same water also picks up everything stuck to your car, gasoline, oil, metal particles, tar, and particulate substance from exhaust fumes—and sends it to the nearest lake or river.
Here are three easy and green ways to wash your car without wasting any water or wildlife.
1: Get off the pavement.
Park your automobile on a flat and permeable surface rather than on pavement. The natural microbes present in grass, soil, and dirt work as natural filters and break down a number of of the vicious compounds in your wash water and preventing them from running into the nearest water body and destroying marine life in the process.
2: Do it yourself.
This will be a perfect solution for those who are never satisfied with how other people wash their cars. Go to a self-service car wash where the excess water is collected and sent to a water-treatment plant. You can save so much of water since this process only uses about 15 gallons of water. You can also go green and use your own biodegradable dish soap. The bigger commercial drive-through systems make use of more water than self-service, about 35 to 50 gallons, depending on the type of car wash, but that’s still much less than if you washed it at home. Save more by opting to forego the added treatments and waxes , which are never eco-options and stick with a simple wash.
3: Go waterless
There are a quite a number of premade, ecofriendly “waterless car wash” products available like EcoTouch. You can also just take hold of your spray bottle of home-brewed window cleaner or something else which you feel will do the trick. Take at least two spongy, absorbent, uncontaminated rags or microfiber cleaning cloths or more if your car is really dirty and in need of a good wash. Go with the directions if you’re using a commercial product. If you are using homemade cleaners, spray on a small area with the spray-on cleaner, wipe the product and clean off that area with the first cloth, and then wipe the area with the second dry cloth. Use the same technique as while cleaning windows Replace the cloths as needed.