Eco-Friendly Car Wash: How to Have a Clean Car and Care for the Environment
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Published by TOP4 Team
Just a few days after being cleaned and looking all nice and shiny, a car can once again exhibit signs of wear — that's no surprise, especially during the warmer months when you can be constantly driving amidst dust, sand, dirt, and all other elements that can leave a film of grime on your vehicle.
It can be a hassle to have to get your car washed more often, but it's something that has to be done because it's part and parcel of good car maintenance. And if you have to make an impression on your colleagues, superiors or in-laws, or just generally show to the world that you're a man or woman who takes care of herself or himself well (as the appearance of your car is an extension of your personal hygiene), then having a clean car is essential.
Making smart choices
Since you'll be getting your car washed more often, you also have to keep in mind that each wash will have an impact on the environment. This activity uses up plenty of water, which is a highly precious resource, so you need to be smart about the whole car wash business.
Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the negative effects of having your car washed. Take a look at these simple tips:
As much as you can, get your car washed at an accredited 5-star commercial car wash
You may prefer to minimise expenses and water resources by washing your car yourself at home, but consider the positive benefits of taking your car to a quality car wash service first.
In Australia, commercial car washes are required by law to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's key regulations. For instance, a car wash should have approved "trade waste" collection pits where all the runoff will be accumulated; this prevents an estimated 750ml of pollutants from entering storm water drains and flowing into waterways with each car washed.
Make sure that you take your car to a car wash that has been approved by the Australian Car Wash Association first.
If you must wash your car within your own property, remember to park the car over gravel or grass instead of pavement
These absorbent surfaces will absorb the runoff, and the microorganisms in them will get a chance to break this runoff down and filter the chemicals in the car wash products used before they find their way into waterways.
Be mindful of the supplies you use to wash your car at home
Choose cleaning products that are known to be environmentally friendly. You can't avoid suds from getting into waterways when you wash the car (along with oil, chemicals, and all kinds of filth), but it helps if you choose cleaning products with biodegradable ingredients so they'll have less of an impact on the environment.
Liberally spraying your car nonstop with water from a hose is a great waste of water. If you need to use a hose, take time to fit it with an adjustable nozzle so that you can control the water flow without having to constantly turn the tap on and off.
And to monitor the amount of water that you are using without using a hose, fill a bucket with the water that you need instead. Also, make sure to wring the sponge you use inside another empty bucket instead of letting the soapy water from it flow straight into drains.