There are different ways to go about cleaning your primary vehicle. Not every cleaning supply is environmentally friendly and we all worry about what overly strong chemicals are in some of these commercial products sold to vehicle owners. For that reason, it’s a good idea to look at eco-friendly ways to clean your car to avoid hurting the environment or yourself by breathing in something unhealthy for you.
Here are a few things you can do when you wish to clean your car and stay environmentally friendly at the same time.
Vinegar as a Cleaning Agent
You’d be surprised how powerful vinegar can be to clean a vehicle. It’s powerful stuff. The best way to use it is to clean off any bugs that have adhered to the paintwork first and then use a cloth soaked with vinegar. If you don’t have any vinegar, then your friendly hardware store may stock denatured alcohol, which will work just as well too. Use the cloth to wipe down the bodywork, then give it a good rinse with water from a hose. Be sure to apply wax to the areas you’ve used vinegar on because it’s powerful enough to strip off the factory finish on the paintwork if the vinegar is left on.
Dry Baking Soda as a Deodorizer
When working on detailing the interior of your vehicle, use dry baking soda by spreading across the fabric-covered seating. Return to the seating 1-2 hours later and use a hand vacuum to extract the baking soda from the surface. Baking soda acts as a natural odor capturing material for seat covers that are not removable (it’s also great for people with dogs).
Don’t Forget All the Little Crevices
There’s a lot of little debris that accumulates down the side of the rubber guards on the windows and elsewhere in various little crevices throughout the interior framing of the vehicle. Get down the sides using a crevice tool by careful and slowly digging out whatever has collected down there. For other little cleaning tips for your vehicle, check out whitesummary.com.
Magical Stain Removers
Anyone with a family will tell you that spills of drinks and food are a common occurrence. Even a pet that’s having a bad day might throw up over the seating and when cleaned up, it leaves an unsightly stain.
There are a couple of environmentally friendly ideas to try to remove strains that we’d suggest. The first is to use a mixture of vinegar and water to work on stains on fabric by soaking the affected area, leaving it a short time and then using a dry soft cloth to pat the area until it’s completely dry again. The second method is applying toothpaste using a soft bristle toothbrush to add it to leather or vinyl material. Test it out in an unnoticeable corner to check whether the toothpaste will interfere with the color dye in the material before applying it to a more visible area of the vinyl or leather.
Cleaning your vehicle in an eco-friendly way takes a little imagination, but there are always well-developed techniques and common household items that will get the job done. There’s no need to purchase cleaning products that include strong chemicals if you don’t want to.