As the fires continue throughout the state, so does the ash which lands down onto our cars. With a clean car just a wash away, we’ve got to remember to impacts car washing can have to our environment. Much of the water from our car washing runs directly into our rivers or streams carrying with them chemicals, dirt, grime, grease, and oil that harm fish and degrade water quality. Even if a soap says biodegradable, it’s still carrying plenty of pollutants with it to the storm drain. Instead of the traditional at home car wash, try some of these alternatives.
- Wash your car on the lawn or gravel. This will allow the water to soak into the ground where the soil can act as a natural filter.
- Empty your bucket in your sink or allow it to filter through the ground
- Take your car to a commercial car wash where the water is recycled and then sent to a wastewater treatment facility
- Try a waterless car wash that you just spray on and wipe off (although make sure to be careful…. don’t just wipe the ash off with a dry cloth- that has the potential to scratch the finish. For more advice on how to properly wash ash off of your car, click here)