If you are looking to make your ride environmentally-friendly, you’re probably looking for green cars as well as eco-friendly car accessories. Here’s a look at five must-have “green” products for your car.
Organic Car Wash Solutions
If you’re the kind who likes to get hands on and wash your car down, do it the “green way” and use an organic car wash solution. Chemical car wash solutions usually result in soap loaded with chemicals and oils flowing into your storm drain and then to the nearest lake or river. GreenYour has a great list of biodegradable car wash solutions. Or if you really want to get hands on, try their make-it-yourself car wash recipe! The Maryland Department of Environment also has a lot of tips for a greener car wash.
Commercial air fresheners usually come loaded with toxic chemicals. Rather than dispelling bad smell, these chemicals cling to your nasal passage and override the bad odor. Making the shift to natural air fresheners is eco-friendly and good for your health. Fruits such as lemons and oranges, herbs, pine needles, spices like cinnamons and cloves, and even vanilla or almond extract can do double duty as air fresheners. The Yummy Life lists a range of scents you can prepare yourself with these ingredients.
If you are wiping your car down or just giving it a light clean, never use paper towels. It’s bad for the environment and can burn a hole in the pocket. Look for old cotton t-shirts or towels you were planning to throw away and use them instead. Automotive microfiber towels work well too if you’re willing to spend a little money.
Organic Car Seat Covers
Turns out car seats may have their fair share of embedded chemicals. There isn’t too much adults can do for themselves, but if you’re concerned about your toddler, consider an organic seat cover. They’re a bit pricey though! The Baby Bamboo Ritzy Rider and the Snuggle Wool Car Seat Cover are generally popular choices.
Hand-charged, Solar-powered Flashlight
A hand-charged, solar flashlight would be perfect for your car’s emergency kit. Most of these lights can also access AM/FM and 7 NOAA Weather channels. Plus they can also charge your mobile devices. This one at Bigfoot Survival gear costs $58.99.