AskPatty’s Tips to #Green Your Car and Save Gas: Go Waterless
Whether you drive a shiny new hybrid or a dependable old clunker, consider #DrivingDirty.
This is important, especially if you live in drought-ridden California: Between the gallons of water you use to soap up your sponges and the fresh water flowing unrestricted from your garden hose, washing your car at home can use between 80 and 140 gallons of water.
While a garden hose, buckets, big soapy sponges, and soaked clothing are part of DIY car wash tradition, you really don't need those things to give your vehicle a clean, green shine. Nor does giving up washing in the driveway mean you'll have to live with a dirty car. A number of premade, ecofriendly waterless car wash products are available -- simply spray on and wipe off with a soft microfiber cloth, and be sure to use light strokes to pick up dirt. Waterless washes and rinseless washes are a safe, simple way to wash your car without a water hose. Learn some of the facts and myths about waterless car washing here at EcoTouch.net
Even car manufacturers are encouraging drivers to reduce water use: Last fall, Volvo introduced its #DrivingDirty campaign to save as much as 18 million gallons of water per month by asking Californians and their neighbors to stop washing their cars for 30 days. And last summer, Toyota dealerships in Southern California launched “The Wash Can Wait” program, allowing customers to opt-out of the complimentary car wash that comes with a service appointment. Toyota dealers say the program could save as much as 20 million gallons of water.