Green Cleaning Car Interiors with Dr. Bronner’s

Why worry about green cleaning your car’s interior?

1. Inside your car is filthy.

2. The toxicity of cleaners poses a potentially greater danger in your car than in your house.

Think about it.  We strap ourselves into our cars with no handwashing facilities after touching public railings, shopping cart handles, gas pumps, money, other people’s hands, our cell phones and countless other reservoirs of germs and dirt.  Then we touch the door handle, the seatbelt, the key, the steering wheel, the radio, the gear shift, the arm rest – transferring all that whatever to every surface in our car.

Further, that grime on the inside of your windows? That’s from the outgassing of the materials in your car, combined with any pollutants in the air, all blended with what you might be breathing out yourself.

All that adds up to a daunting layer of dirt and dust and grime and gore.

And yet, we tend to wash the outside of our cars more than the insides.  I guess there’s the triumph of vanity over hygiene.

The very thing that gets our cars’ interiors so dirty is also what makes it so essential to clean them with nontoxic, green cleaners.  We touch so many surfaces in our cars. And we don’t just casually touch them. We grip the steering wheels and slide our hands over it.  A lot.  We are going to end up in contact with any residues from harmful cleaners.

We also keep our cars sealed up pretty tight – keeping the heat in or out depending on the time of year.  This means that any fumes from cleaners are going to be kept in the car and we are going to breathe them in repeatedly.

Supplies mentioned in the video:

Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds All Purpose Cleaner (1 Tbsp./15 mL Sal Suds in 1 qt./1 L water) in a spray bottle

Note: You can also use Dr. Bronner’s Castile All Purpose Cleaner (1/4 c./60mL in 1 qt./1 L water)

Club Soda in a spray bottle

Microfiber cloths

A vacuum

An upholstery cleaner (if needed)

Dr. Bronner’s Hand Sanitizer

5 thoughts on “Green Cleaning Car Interiors with Dr. Bronner’s

  1. Thank you! Great video. I’ve been using Sal Suds on the outside… and like many. Don’t clean the inside much. That changes now.

    • Glad to hear it, Ken! This was convicting to me, as well!

  2. Good points!! I know I tend to NOT clean inside of car because I can’t stand the commercial cleansers. Hadn’t thought about using Sal Suds. Came here to see if your site had a better deal on the lemon line shikakai soap in gallon refill (than the $39 on Amazon)… as I would rather refill the still functioning soap dispenser which my DS has not yet successfully wrecked yet… (😂).

  3. Hi Lisa,
    I have been a regular reader of your blog. I love your writing. You are so simple & genuine and that’s what makes me connect with your writing. Thanks for sharing your video.

    • Thank you for your kind words! I’m glad they have been of help to you.

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