Think about your last visit to your local car wash and try and recall the sights, sounds, and smells you experienced. Chances are, you witnessed the sight and sound of gallons of water washing over your car. In at least some of that water, there was an ocean of cleaner, and the dirt, grime, oil, and toxins washed from your car flowed into a drain, where it made it’s way into a local sewer system.
Now think of the smell of chemicals that surrounded you and your family, both going through the car wash and once the car was cleaned. If you had your car detailed, that chemical smell was even inside your car, for days and perhaps for weeks, where you and your family continued to breathe in those fumes.
Some of those fumes were from chemicals strong enough to actually strip paint off your car, so imagine what the fumes from those chemicals did your lungs!
While it is only natural to want to keep your car looking nice, haven’t you ever wondered if there was a better and safer way both for your family and for the environment?
The Cost Of Washing And Detailing Your Car
Have you ever stopped to consider the cost of washing and detailing your car, both in terms of your pocketbook, and in the damage that this activity does to the environment and your family’s health? Perhaps, it is time you did. Here are a few facts you may not know about those traditional car washes:
- Depending on the size of the car, the type of car wash you choose to use, and whether or not you have detailing done, it takes an average of 13 to 92 gallons of water to thoroughly clean a car at a traditional car wash.
- The dirty chemical laden water from these car washes sometimes ends up in lakes and rivers, or in the ground water, and although measures have been taken over the years to reduce such contamination, some still occurs.
- Car cleansers and waxes include such dangerous chemical ingredients as formaldehyde, petroleum distillates and Ammonia (in glass cleaner). There are also some pretty nasty chemicals in those seat and car carpet cleansers.
Once these chemicals are in and on your car, you are going to be breathing them in for a period of time, which isn’t good for your lungs or your overall health, as some of these chemicals are known carcinogens.
The Benefits Of A Green Car Wash
Thankfully today, many car wash owners are going green, and either installing holding tanks and treatment systems for that dirty water, along with biodegradable cleaners that contain few if any harmful chemicals, or are choosing to use organic cleaners that clean the car without the need for any water at all.
Some of these waterless organic car washes, have even taken car cleaning and detailing a step further, and will come to your home or your place of work and clean your car for you right on the spot. Saving you time and often money. You still get a clean car without harming the environment or risking your family’s health.
Organic car washes are just one more example of how people in the business community are reducing their reliance on chemical pollutants, and listening to the needs of their customers to live a healthier, less contaminated lifestyle. It also means that this is one more way that you can make a change towards living a more organic and natural life.
Do you use a traditional car wash or detailing company? Do you wash and polish your car yourself? Do you find it hard to get quality products that do a good job?