Pros And Cons of Washing Your Car At Home Or A Car Wash

July 9, 2019

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Now that the Independence Day holiday is over, you've notice your car is filthy!  Dirt, dust, bird poop and squashed bugs adorn your precious car! The extra grime leads us to do one of two things: wash our car in the driveway or head to the car wash. But which choice is better for the environment? Well washing it at home allows you to be in charge of the cleaning agents and water used, which can be better for the environment, unless you wash your car in the driveway or street. All those cleaning agents, road dirt and grime carried away with rinsing your car end up going down the storm drains and end up in our lakes and rivers versus water used at a car wash where the runoff heads to the water treatment plant to clean it up before heading back into the environment.  That's one of the benefits of washing your car at a car wash. Commercial car washes have a slew of regulations regarding waste water and water usage. Washing your car at home with garden hose can use 100 gallons of water compared to self-service car washes using around 17 or 18 gallons of water. And most full-service car washes average about 30 to 45 gallons of water per vehicle. So for convenience and the environment, it may be better to stop by the car wash to clean your car.  However if the kids want to do something nice for you, such as washing the car, park it on the grassy yard so that the rinse water is absorbed into the ground.  There the soil can filter the water like the water treatment plant and return to the aquafer in a clean state.

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SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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