As more and more drivers become environmentally-conscious and seek out ways to reduce their impact on the environment, it's worth noting that there's another way to be eco-friendly in regards to your vehicle that's typically overlooked. We're talking about how to clean your car using green cleaning techniques that don't waste water or use harsh, unnecessary detergents. Here are a few tips on how to clean your car while still staying green.
One of the main things we use to clean our vehicles is water. We make soap mixtures to scrub down our cars and let the garden hose run continuously as we do so. In general, we use the hose intermittently to fill a bucket or wash down the exterior, and a lot of water simply goes to waste while we let it run. Although water is very effective in cleaning our vehicle, the dirty water that's washed off runs down the driveway and into the sewers, which is environmentally damaging.  

 Since the exteriors of our vehicles are dirty, with substances such as gas, oil, tar, and exhaust stuck to them, it's toxic to have this dirty water run into local bodies of water and contaminate them, leading to damage to plants, wildlife, and the local ecosystem. One way to combat this is to wash your vehicle on the grass rather than letting the water run down into the sewer. This is a simple fix, yet an effective one.

Another way to reduce our environmental impact while washing our car is to simply not use water. Although using water is an effective method, it is by no means the only one. There are plenty of waterless car wash products available, which you can spray on your vehicle, scrub around with a soft rag, and wipe off when done. Not only are these products environmentally friendly, but they're safer for you to use as well. Many harsh detergents and cleaning chemicals have toxic fumes which are not good for us to breathe, and these chemicals shouldn't be in contact with our skin. 

On the interior, the simplest thing to do is vacuum the carpets and upholstery and use a natural deodorizer. For example, you can sprinkle some baking soda on the seats and carpets, let is sit for about a half hour, and then vacuum it up.

If you find yourself in need of a set of wheels to start using these tips on, come find one of your own at Knight Automotive.