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.
Sal Suds cleaner shows >60% biodegradation after 28 days per ISO 14593