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. [60 mL] in 1 qt. [1 L] water)
Club soda (or half vinegar/half water) in a spray bottle
An upholstery cleaner (if needed)
See my post, Car Washing with Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds, for washing your car’s exterior.
I tried the club soda in a spray bottle and the gas in the club soda makes club soda continuously spay from all the little openings in the spray nozzle. Am I doing something wrong ? Thanks
Hi Josh- Oh goodness! I’m sorry you had that reaction. Try filling the spray bottle only halfway, or perhaps even less. Take care also not to shake the bottle up too much during use – although I realize that may be easier said than done.
Would you recommend a drop of tea tree oil in the interior spray bottle ? Could add some extra anti bacteria and anti fungal ?
Hi Josh- Yes, you can absolutely do that! I will occasionally add 1/4 tsp. (1.25 mL) to a 32 oz. (1 L) bottle of All-Purpose Spray.
I’m visiting my mom and she does not have Sal suds but does have the peppermint castile soap. Can I use that in place of the sal suds to clean interior of the car (leather seats and dash board as seen in your video)?
Thanks for your guidance on this.
Hi Arnella- Absolutely! Use the Castile All-Purpose Spray, which is 1/4 cup in a quart of water. Be sure to dry the leather seats thoroughly.
Safe to use on Car Leather? If yes, dilution please.
Hi Armando- Depending on what you have on hand, either the Sal Suds All-Purpose Spray (1 Tbsp. in a quart of water) or the Castile All-Purpose Spray (1/4 cup in a quart of water) will do a quick clean. If the leather needs to be nourished, you may want to look into a leather polish made from 1/3 c. vinegar with 2/3 c. olive oil and 1/2 tsp. pure essential lemon oil. Shake this up and rub it on with a soft rag.
I have used Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint soap for years.
It is an investment worth the cost.
I never knew how much my children taken in what you do, until while visiting my newly married daughter’s home I saw a bottle of this family staple, right there in her kitchen!
She also surprised me with trial sizes of other Dr. Bronner soaps!
What a joy to see that your product remains in our household and theirs too! keep up the great work!
Hi Addrena- That’s great! I like to hear of our soaps being passed down from one generation to the next.
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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.
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… (?).
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!