Most cars are not especially “green.” They’re noisy, they pollute the air, they guzzle fossil fuels. However, even if you can’t afford to buy a hybrid-electric or an all-out electric car (or ditch cars altogether), there are some other ways you can help out the environment. Here are some of the best green car products on the market.
Biodegradable car wash
According to a short article on Autos.com, biodegradable car wash is one way you can help the environment, even when washing your car. Simple Green has some great car soap that’s safer for the environment than ordinary car soap. Another product listed in Auto.com’s article is called Gliptone’s Wash N’ Glow. You can find Gliptone’s products here, and Simple Green’s here.
Waterless car wash
An article on Esurance’s blog says using a biodegradable, water-based, phosphate-free waterless product is the best way to do an eco-friendly car wash. Regular washing uses a lot of water, plus, if you do it on your driveway, you run the risk of washing all that soap, road grime, oil, and other harmful things into storm drains and streams. With a waterless product, you spray it on your car, let it sit, and then wipe the dirt and grime off. If you want to find good waterless products, Amazon.com has a huge selection.
Non-toxic windshield washer fluid
Regular windshield washer fluid is often made of methyl alcohol (methanol) and wood alcohol, according to this article on Earth Easy. Billions of gallons of the stuff are sprayed all over the place all the time, particularly in the winter in colder climates. Earth Easy recommends a product like EvergreeN Windshield Washer Fluid, which is derived from plants, and is biodegradable and non-toxic. You can also make your own washer fluid. Check out this article from Ecoki for more information, and also to find out how to make your own.
Windshield wiper blades
You may not consider your wiper blades to be something that ought to be green. However, according to The Wiper Store, it takes a lot of petroleum to make “organic” rubber. There are also a lot of harmful by-products from their manufacture. Silicone wiper blades, on the other hand, are much greener to manufacture, they last far longer on your car (meaning less waste in a landfill), and they’re biodegradable. Check out The Wiper Store for more info, and for silicone wiper blades for your car.
VOC-free interior cleaning products
Earth Easy also recommends cleaning products that don’t contain what are known as volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. They say that the wonderful “new car smell” we all love is actually outgassing of these harmful chemicals. Furthermore, those fun air fresheners you can hang from your mirror are full of phthalates, acetone and formaldehyde. These chemicals aren’t good for the people in your car, and they are not good for the environment, either.
For interior cleaning, Earth Easy recommends Eco Touch products, such as their Dashboard & Trim cleaner for the leather, plastic and vinyl in your car, along with a carpet and upholstery cleaner and even a metal and chrome polish. Click here to find Eco Touch’s products. You can find stores near you that sell eco-friendly air fresheners here.