Clean Your Car Inside & Out With Homemade Green Cleaners: Part I


Spray Bottle

Spray Bottle (Photo credit: Looking Glass)


Usually on our blog we share recipes for cleaning your home, but this week we will be sharing recipes for cleaning up your car!  To get started on giving your car a DIY green clean we will focus on recipes for the exterior.


Car Wash Recipe




  • A bucket of warm water
  • Liquid castile soap – like Dr. Bronner’s


Add a couple drops of liquid castile soap to your bucket of warm water, and wash your car as you would with any normal car washing liquid.


Window Cleaner Recipe #1


  • White vinegar
  • A spray bottle
  • Newspaper


Pour the white vinegar into the spray bottle. Spray the pure vinegar onto windows and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Then wipe off windows with the newspaper.


Window Cleaner Recipe #2


  •  1 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • Clean spray bottle
  • Chamois Cloth (or any lint-free cloth)


Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle, tighten the lid and shake to mix. Spray on your car’s windows, allowing the cleaner to sit for a few seconds. Then, wipe dry with a chamois cloth.


Chrome Cleaner Recipe


  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Clean spray bottle
  • Car wash sponge or cleaning mit


Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the cleaner onto your wheels, working it with car wash mit or sponge.
Note: Vinegar should NOT be used on aluminum alloys. For aluminum alloys, use baby oil on a rag.

Tire Cleaner Recipe


  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Small container
  • Scrub brush


Mix two parts baking soda and one part water together in the container to form a paste. Work the paste into the tires with the scrub brush. Let the cleaner sit for several minutes. Then, rinse thoroughly with clean water.

Hope you enjoy these money and planet saving recipes for spiffing up your car! Thursday we will share a collection of recipes for cleaning the interior of your car.


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