Five Eco Car Wash Things To Do

When it comes to washing the humble family chariot, we’ve come a long way when it comes to the ecological side of doing so.


When it comes to washing the humble family chariot, we’ve come a long way when it comes to the ecological side of doing so. Formulations of car wash products have changed, the methods of washing have changed, and a growing awareness of water wastage has also made changes. Here are five ways that washing “eco” may be done.

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1. Washing On The Lawn

It’s pretty much common practice now but it’s worth taking another look at. It’s the old “wash the car on the lawn” trick. Not only will the water from your water source go straight back into the ground, a lawn in good condition helps in filtering dirt and the wash itself as nature recycles. Wash it on the tarmac and all that happens is that the waste water heads straight to the drains and out to sea. Unfiltered.

2. Car Wash Bay

Number 2 follows on from this and it’s one that some may think “huh”? Car wash bays, complete with coin slots and images of greasy machinery, do one thing really well. The water and suds and, well, everything else, gets stored and sent to recycling facilities. This ensures that the waste product gets cleaned or filtered out and put to better use elsewhere.

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3. Waterless Wash

Choice number 3 is looking at products that have the appropriate tick of approval when it comes to “greenness”. Some of these are called waterless car washes and there is a fairly strong caveat when using them. That is using them on vehicles that really only have a light smattering of dirt. Their formulation is designed to be of what’s called high lubricity. This helps coagulate the tiny dust particles and by using a microfibre cloth, should easily pull away the dirt and save plenty of water.

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4. Hose Nozzle

Option number 4 is kinda tied in with the first. Using a hose is great BUT if it’s left running or not using a spray nozzle on the hose end, well, it’s like leaving the shower running whilst brushing your teeth outside. A good tip here is to use a nozzle with a fine mist style and spray the car from the top down. Why? Gravity. Top down and the water and dirt heads south, there is no point staring from the bottom and moving upwards.

5. Mixing Products

Number five is maybe a little out of the box. Water is a great thing but it does have  a habit of smearing or pooling and leaving smudge marks. On its own it’s not a great cleaner but partner it with products like bicarb soda, or vinegar, or mix up a batch of rubber cleaner with rubbing alcohol, and this goes some way to easing the water burden.

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