Eco-Friendly Car Care

Bluffton, SC

While Eco-Friendly car care products are relatively new to the market, they are quickly becoming more popular and easier to locate. Having a clean car while protecting the environment is possible! Traditional car treatments may contain hazardous ingredients such as VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that pollute the environment and can be carcinogenic threats. Try to avoid products that contain petroleum distillates, kerosene, silicone or mineral spirits, which could all adversely impact the environment. Keep an eye out for soap and cleaning products that are free of phosphates.

Characteristics of these eco friendly products include being manufactured in an environmentally responsible process and being made without a petroleum base. Generally, they are also water soluble and made from naturally-occurring ingredients. Additionally, they usually come in recyclable packaging, require less water to use, and are less harmful to humans, animals or the environment.

There are several measures you can take to be environmentally conscious when caring for your car. Washing your car on the grass instead of the driveway serves a dual purpose and allows the grass to absorb the excess water. Use a hose with an automatic shut-off valve so you're not wasting water between rinses. Recently, waterless car wash products have emerged in the US market and are becoming more readily available. Water hoses can be replaced with a spray bottle and microfiber towels that are effective enough to rival the results of traditional cleaning products. Microfiber towels are extremely absorbent and can be used repeatedly (as many as 50 times) in place of paper towels.

Ethylene Glycol is a primary ingredient in antifreeze/coolant preparations. It is attractive to animals and children because it has a sweet odor and taste, but it is extremely poisonous, even in small amounts! Even small spills (or leaks from your radiator) can be deadly, and the chemical itself biodegrades very slowly. In the interim, it can contaminate soil and groundwater for months afterward. Some manufacturers add "bittering" agents to make their antifreeze preparations less tasty, but these agents themselves are not biodegradable either.

Propylene Glycol is an antifreeze alternative that is far less toxic, as well as less palatable; it is also more biodegradable. Antifreezes containing "PG" are presently more expensive, but when ethylene glycol is banned, other preparations may also become available.

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