I'm one of those people who loves a clean car, but hates putting all of those chemicals into the ground. There are natural, mass-produced products out there, but they're out of my budget, and I hate having to buy a product that only has maybe one use. A big fan of having multi-use products, I came up with my own formulas for a natural carwash!
- a gallon of water
- about 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
- 20 drops of essential oil (can be any you want; feel free to set a mood)
Combine all in a bucket, throw in a sponge or rag, and get to scrubbin'!
Next, we wax. You'll need:
- 3 tbsp beeswax (could also use soy wax)
- 3 tbsp carnauba wax
- 1 cup linseed oil
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 10 drops citrus essential oil (I recommend lemon or orange)
In a double-boiler, melt the waxes and linseed oil. Remove from heat, stir in the essential oils, and pour into a coffee can or other container. (NOTE: Please be sure you choose a container that can handle the heat, so not plastic.) Let this sit until it's completely setup, 1-2 days depending on the humidity in your area. Once it's setup, you can either turn the wax out of the can, and apply directly to the car, or use a rag to get some wax and apply this way. Once waxed, dip a different cloth into the lemon juice, and squeeze dry. Buff to a shine.
And as long as I'm actually in the mood, I guess I should probably clean the interior as well. Now personally, I love the way Armor All makes the car LOOK, but hate the greasy feel and that weird smell. So here's my alternative; it's natural but will still help to restore the dashboard. You'll need:
- 2 parts water
- 1 part murphy's oil soap (or similar)
- 15 drops cedar essential oil (or other, if you like)
Combine in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray on the dashboard and other vinyl parts of your car (think doors and windows) and wipe with a cloth.
Last but not least, we have to do the windows. I hate this part the worst, because you're spraying some sort of window cleaner in the interior of the car, making yourself feel like you've been smoke-bombed, and is it just me or does it ALWAYS create horrible streaks?! Here's my solution to this; you'll need:
- 3 cups vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 15 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well to combine. Spray on and wipe off with either paper towels or a chamois. You will smell the vinegar at first, but it fades quickly, and this formula is amazing! Completely streak-free with very little effort. Bonus: This formula helps to reduce frost buildup in the winter months.
Happy cleaning :)