Which is better, washing your car at home or taking it to a car wash? Many sources suggest carwashes are the most eco-friendly way to clean your ride because they capitalize on reusing and re-routing water and other sustainable practices. However, many people may not have that option and must wash their car at home. Luckily, we can help you make either option environmentally responsible.
According to the International Carwash Association, more than 2 billion cars in North America are washed each year and consumers are increasingly opting to visit a car wash as opposed to washing their cars themselves. At the same time, consumers are becoming more conscious of their environmental footprint, climate change and scarce resources. It’s beneficial for both consumers and carwash companies to join the green car-cleaning crusade and take eco-friendly measures to offer clean, green solutions.
Water is a scarce resource
Water is so scarce that some California cities have imposed mandatory water rules to restrict water usage during its prolonged drought. In San Jose, for instance, consumers are banned from washing their car at home with potable water.
According to the Canadian Carwash Association, 120 gallons of water is used to wash a car in a driveway while the carwash industry aims for 40 gallons. It recommends the WaterSavers program – an initiative that helps professional carwashes promote environmentally responsible practices.
How to take action
You may wonder what you should do. It’s up to preference and time but sometimes you don’t have an option for cleaning your car. Whether you want to enjoy the luxury of a carwash or detail your car on your own, check out how you can make either option more environmentally friendly.
Visit an environmentally friendly carwash
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “a properly operated car wash discharges all of its wash water to a municipal sanitary sewer system that treats the wastewater before discharging from the wastewater treatment plan to waters of the U.S.”
Check out the following various types of eco-friendly carwashes:
– Mobile waterless carwash: The optimal eco-friendly wash is a waterless carwash. Companies like Clean My Car Vancouver uses nontoxic products and offer waterless cleaning to abide by water restrictions and environmental standards in Canada.
– Mobile car wash: If you can’t find a waterless car wash, try finding a mobile car wash service that at least uses organic products such as Earth Car Wash.
– Automated car wash: If you’d prefer visiting a carwash rather than the service coming to you, find a carwash that uses AUTEC systems. AUTEC carwash systems treat wastewater with their water recovery systems that drain into proper sewer systems before releasing into the environment or natural bodies of water.
Clean your car by yourself
If you’re in a position where you have to wash your car at your home, take the following tips into account to make your wash as environmentally friendly as possible.
1. Park your car on the grass so the water and biodegradable products can sink into the soil and nurture the plants.
2. Run as little water as possible.
3. Use eco-friendly soaps and waterless polishes.
4. Empty your water bucket into the toilet and flush it.
5. Use old clothes as rags as opposed to paper products.