We all know car produce emissions which are harmful to both us and the environment. Apart from this, the interior of the cars also contribute to the health of the travelers and the environment. If we keep a few simple things in our minds then we can reduce the ever rising threat to the environment. For example many volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are used in cleaning products. These poisonous vapors when in close vicinity produce harm to the environment. Below mentioned are 10 environmentally friendly car care tips:
1. Window cleaner
While in cars, people may tend to have headaches even when they are not stuck in traffic. This may be mainly due to the toxic substances present in the cleaners of car windows. As a substitute, white distilled vinegar can be mixed with two cups of water and sprayed on the window. Couple of lemon drops can be mixed which can provide a sweet scent.
2. Paper towels
Paper towels should not be used on the windows and mirrors because they leave behind tiny bits which make it look untidy and makes the interior unclean. Instead of these, old newspaper can be used which have the same effect but does not leave those tiny bits behind.
3. Air fresheners
Air fresheners should be avoided as much as possible. The substances used for the manufacture of the air fresheners are harmful chemicals like diethyl phthalate and benzene. These gases are inhaled by us throughout the journey which can seriously hamper our health.
4. Wash Without Water
Many companies have come up with substitutes for water that can be used for cleaning cars. These include cleaners derived from corn, soya bean, coconut derivatives and palm. For the interiors, rims and wheels eco friendly cleaners are available. This prevents wastage of water.
5. Hand held vacuum
Itâs absolutely unnecessary to get the cars cleaned by the large vacuums present at the car washes. These are highly polluting the environment. One can do the job by using hand held vacuums which are equally effective and donât cause much pollution. However that applies only as long as the mess is manageable.
6. Cotton swabs
Cotton swabs are effective things to clean dusts from places which are not easily accessible. Places like below the air vent canât be accessed easily. But they can be cleaned with the help of cotton swabs. A lot of dust is present in these places which cause allergies to dust mites.
7. Replace Your Cabin Air Filter
Vehicles manufactured after 2000 have cabin air filter. Dust, smog, mould and pollen enter through the ventilation system and the air cabin filter removes them. Replacing the air filter will definitely improve the air quality. The air inside can get up to 6 times dirtier inside the car than present outside.
8. Stay on Top of Trash
Itâs not advisable to use the backseat or floors for keeping trash as the garbage can pollute the vehicle and make it look untidy. One should immediately dispose of the unwanted subjects before letting it pile.
9. Conserve Water
Little water should be used while washing the cars. One should not waste valuable resources like water.
10. Hand Wash
Automatic run drive through car washes should be avoided as much as possible. They are not only expensive but contain toxic chemicals as well. It involves a huge waste of water and electricity also. One can chose to wash the car by himself. One can also hire a car washer.
If we keep these simple things in mind, then we can play our role in saving the environment.