How To Wash And Wax Your Vehicle While Protecting The Environment


You can wash your car and perform automotive detail work without using harmful chemicals. All it takes is a little bit of forethought and some basic materials.

Many of these materials can be found at a local department store or grocery store.  For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from

Phase one: Washing your car

Saving water and preventing dirty water from entering local waterways through storm drains should be your first priority.  

How to save water when washing your vehicle

You should always use a nozzle with an automatic shutoff on your hose. Allowing the water to run for the entire duration of a car wash can waste many gallons of water.

If you can perform a car wash directly after a heavy rain, your pre-rinse is already accomplished, courtesy of Mother Nature. 

Keeping water out of storm drains

If possible, wash your car on grass instead of concrete or asphalt. The dirty water will be absorbed into the ground, where it will be naturally filtered and eventually make its way to underground water sources.

Of course, this requires that you use a biodegradable and socially responsible detergent.

The detergent

You can buy many commercial green car wash products, or simply make your own with some vinegar, water, and a few squirts of dish detergent if your car is really dirty. A cup of white vinegar mixed with 3-4 gallons of water will clean most surfaces of your vehicle, including plastic trim. The water does most of the cleaning, while the vinegar keeps the water from spotting.

Don't use any green de-greasing agents on your vehicle's paint, because it may cause the clear coat finish that protects your paint to become compromised.

Phase Two: Windows and mirrors

Windows and mirrors will also require white vinegar and water, but with a stronger concentration of vinegar. Use a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar, with a couple spoons of lemon juice added. The mixture doesn't need to be exact. It will produce a clean streak-free shine, but will be rather pungent inside the vehicle, so keep the doors open while you spray and wipe.

You can use old newspaper to dry the windows and mirrors (don't worry--the ink won't come off on your glass).

Phase Three: Waxing your car

Use Carnauba wax to wax your vehicle. It is completely plant based, vegan, and biodegradable. Carnauba wax is easy to find in most department stores or auto parts stores. Just look on the label to be certain that you are buying pure Carnauba wax.  


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