Saying No to Toxic Chemicals: Can You Clean Your Car with All Natural Ingredients?
Many auto enthusiasts believe that they can't maintain the appearance of their cars properly without using X,Y,and Z name brand commercialcleaning products.What they often don't realize is that most of these products contain chemicals that damage the environment,harm human health or both.For example,the products might contain petroleum derivatives,phosphates,hydrofluoric acid or volatile organic compounds.
The fact is that you can clean your car effectively without exposing yourself or the environment to toxins.Natural ingredients and tools are also usually gentler on a car's paint and other exposed parts than commercial products.To make cleaning your car a healthier and better overall experience,follow these tips for using natural alternatives over chemicals:
A mild dishdetergent made from plants that don't contain harsh chemicals and cotton jerseyt-shirt fabric cloths or a natural sea sponge is perfect environmentallyfriendly tools for washing a car.Paper towels can scratch surfaces,and cottonbath towels leave behind fuzz balls and lint.The plastic fibres in mostmicrofiber towels find their way into car wash runoff water,which increasesmicro-plastics ground and water pollution.If you choose a sea sponge insteadof t-shirt cloths,always soak and rinse it several times before using it thefirst time.A new sea sponge's pores often contain abrasive sand.You shouldrinse your car off thoroughly before washing it as well so that your cleaningtools don't scrape or rub road dirt and grit across the surface.
2.Headlights and Taillights
Headlights collecta combination of grit,grease and bug parts over time.They also take on afoggy or yellowed appearance because of plastic degradation from sun exposure.Taillights aren't usually this bad and normally only require a basic scrubbingwhen washing your car's body.You have several natural options for cleaningheadlights.One of the most commonly chosen methods is tocleanheadlights with vinegarand water.You merely spraythe surface with a solution made from equal parts of the two naturalingredients,wait five minutes for the mild acid in white vinegar to loosen thedebris and then wipe the headlights clean with a cloth.For stains,fog anddiscoloration,use something a bit more abrasive like baking soda andtoothpaste with a toothbrush.When you're finished,you can reduce future build-upand discoloration with a coat of a homemade natural car wax cream.Apply it tothe clean surfaces,wait a few minutes and then buff and polish.
3.Windshield and Windows
The fastest andeasiest solution for making your windshield and windows shines is a glasscleaner made of equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle coupledwith the use of a spray bottle filled with clean water,a squeegee and cottonjersey t-shirt cloths.You start by washing the glass portions of your car atthe same time as the car body with your eco-friendly dish detergent and water.After the car dries,you simply spray the vinegar and water solution on thewindshield,remove the fluid with your squeegee and rinse both with water.Usethe squeegee again on the glass to remove excess water and wipe along the framewith a cloth.Follow the same process with the exterior of the windows.Withinterior glass surfaces,follow the process for using the glass cleaner,butthen use a clean cloth dampened with only water to remove the cleaner from theglass and a dry cloth to finish the job.
4.Tires,Hubcaps and Rims
Although you can remove most of the dirt from the tires,hubcaps,and rims while washing your car,you might have to deal with some extra problems in this area.For example,to remove large debris from around the hubcaps and mudflaps,use a soft-bristled natural brush with a small head and long handle that you can get into tight spots.To remove rust from metal hubcaps or the rims,rub the spots with a piece of wet aluminium foil followed by a cloth.If that doesn't remove all of the rust,scrub rust spots gently with a small,soft-bristled metal brush and a mixture made from vinegar and baking soda and then rinse and dry the surface thoroughly.You can protect metal parts from future rusting with your homemade car wax cream or rust-resistant metal paint.To make your tires shine,apply a coat of natural oil like castor or lemon oil and then wipe away any excess.No Chemicals involved!
5.Upholstery and Mats
The same mildplant-based detergent used on the car's body can also deep-clean fabric seatcovers and mats.After you vacuum and dust the interior,you simply handle thedetergent cleaner as you would a commercial upholstery cleaning product exceptthat you apply it manually: spray the seats with the detergent using a spraybottle and then use your upholstery wet-vac cleaner to stuck up the excessliquid.Afterwards,rinse with clean water and then suck up the excess andremaining dirt.For leather upholstery,the job becomes a little tougher sincewater can stain the leather.Spray equal parts vinegar and water lightly on thesurface and rub the solution into the leather.Follow with a light spray ofclean water and then blot the surface with a dry cloth to soak up the liquid.Tobreak up stains,rub the detergent or vinegar and water into the stain with asoft-bristled natural wooden-handled leather and vinyl brush and then rinse.For the final conditioning touch,apply coconut oil in the same way you wouldapply a non-natural leather car upholstery conditioning product.
Cars oftenaccumulate stains between cleanings,especially if car owners have kids orpets.The most common stains come from dark,oily or colorful beverages andfood like caramel-based sodas,咖啡,dark juices,grease,ketchup,andmustard.Other common stains come from dark dirt or clay,黑色鞋的鞋底,蜡笔,pen or marker ink,blood,urine,and vomit.You can break up moststains made from food or body fluids by gently scrubbing them with suds from anatural coconut oil bar soap and a soft-bristled toothbrush.With a meltedcrayon or other crayon marks,you merely need to scrape off as much aspossible,place a clean sheet of white paper against the mark and then gentlyheat up the area with a blow dryer.You can then scrub away the rest of themark with baking soda and toothpaste.To remove ink,rub the stain gently withrubbing alcohol using cotton swabs.
Sticky candies,gum,adhesives and tar are among the many substances that you might have difficulty removing from your vehicle.It's critical that you remove the bulk of any sticky substance before attempting to clean it away entirely.Otherwise,you might spread it around to clean areas near the stain.To remove these substances,you need nothing more than an ice cube: apply the ice to the area for five minutes and then scrape away the hardened substance.To break up the remaining stain,soak the area with either equal parts of vinegar and water or vinegar and the eco-friendly detergent,wait five minutes and then try to dab it away with a clean cloth.If all else fails,you can always apply a natural clear oil like coconut oil to the stain and then try to scrub it away with detergent and water and a toothbrush the next day.Of course,after you remove any sticky substance,you must rinse the area to prevent the cleaning solution from staining the surface.No chemicals involved!
Lastly,most carseventually start to smell bad unless they're spritzed regularly with a fragrance.Most fragrant air fresheners though contain toxic chemicals.To get rid of badtemporary odors,you only need to open the windows and air out and clean thecar regularly.If you're dealing with a scent that lingers,such as pet urineor a powerful cologne,the best option is to soak up the odor by placing one ormore boxes of refrigerator baking soda designed with air filters in your car.If you can't find these boxes,create abaking soda sachetwith an unusedcoffee filter and string.You can also add a few drops of tea tree or anotherfragrant natural oil that you like to the box or sachet to give the vehicle'sinterior a particular scent.Hanging a potpourri sachet filled with dried herbsand flowers in the car is another solution.
It's important to keep in mind that natural car-cleaning solutions can take longer to work than commercial chemicals/cleaners when dealing with rust and tough stains.That said,natural cleaners are worth the effort.By using them,you help create a healthier environment and protect you,your loved and pets from chemicals that can cause respiratory distress,allergic reactions,inflammation and even cancer.When you compare commercial and all natural car cleaners,it's obvious that natural ingredients and tools are the better choices.