It got me to thinking though – I don’t want to use store bought products when I do the cars at home because they are full of nasties yet I haven’t seen many decent recipes around for homemade products that will do everything – wheels, tires, vinyl and the outside of the car itself.
So, once again I start scouring my resources and testing out some recipes on our other car.
Here’s what I’ve come up with so you can get that shiny new car look, naturally AND frugally at home!
Bucket of water
Slurp of eco-friendly dishwashing liquid
Soft scouring pad or Enjo glove
Get to work with some elbow grease to do the initial clean of the outside of the car.
½ cup grated goats milk or castile soap
½ cup boiled cooled water
15g melted beeswax
½ cup jojoba oil
Mix the soap flakes and water together in a bowl and leave to soak overnight so that all the soap dissolves and becomes liquid. Melt the beeswax and jojoba together in a double boiler on the stove, over very low heat – just melt the wax, don’t even let it simmer.
Remove from heat and pour in your soapy water mix. Use a blender, stick mixer or hand mixer to combine the ingredients together until they are foamy and creamy.
To use dab onto a soft, lint free polishing cloth (microfiber cloths are best) and buff into a shine.
This can be stored for later use for up to 12 months.
1 part vodka
1 part distilled vinegar (white wine, rice etc – NOT white vinegar!)
5 drops of jojoba or avocado oil
3 – 5 drops Rosemary oil
Combine ingredients together in a small glass jar and shake vigorously. Pour into a squeezy bottle or narrow necked jar you can tip onto a cloth.
To use simply pour, squeeze or tip a small amount onto a lint free polishing cloth and buff in circles on your dash board, leather seats, steering wheel and doors for a lovely sheen. The rosemary scent is soothing but enlivening – it will help keep you calm and alert when driving.
Eco Mum’s Bug-Off
Simply combine baking / bicarb soda with enough liquid castile soap to make a nice thick paste. Use a sponge pad and apply to bugs on the car. Leave it to sit for a few minutes then work in circles to remove the bugs. Safe for car exteriors as well as windows, lights and bumpers.
1 part distilled vinegar
½ part bicarb / baking soda
1 part boiled cooled water
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well.
To use simply spray onto chromed surfaces and wheels, then rub with a soft sponge pad. It will remove dirt, grease and road grime quite quickly leaving behind nice clean shiny wheels.
Simply combine baking soda and water together, to form a thick paste.
To use, apply to tires with brush, leave it to sit for a minute then scrub off.
There you go! You can restore your car to its former glory, at home with 100% natural products, quickly and easily made in your kitchen for a fraction (believe me!) of the price of a professional clean or store bought products.
Best of all, no nasties going down your drain or the stormwater drains on your street. Our sea life thanks you :-)
Love and bubbles,
The Eco Mum xo