How to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Car Care

Are there any eco-friendly ways for car maintenance? With the increased use of hydrogen, electric and hybrid vehicles, it is now clear that the car industry is going easy on the environment. However, there is still a long way to go before eco-friendly vehicles become a way of life. While the car manufacturing industry has gone to great lengths to use state of the art technology to create eco-friendly cars, that is just half the battle. It should be a collective effort from manufacturers and car owners. There are actually ways that can be used by car owners to help preserve the environment.

Car maintenance and care offers a great platform for exploring ways of making cars eco-friendly. What more, there is absolutely no modification needed.

Car washing

Car washing is a big part in owning a car. Most people do not know this, but the place a car is washed and how it is washed greatly determines the chemicals emitted to the environment. It is always advisable to have a car washed at an industrial car wash as opposed to doing it at home. This is because waste water treatment is a requirement for any industrial car wash. This means that any harmful chemicals are removed from the waste water before it is drained.

When it comes to home car washing, most people do not bother to wonder where all the soapy water drains to and in most cases it ends up in water streams and the environment at large. Washing a car from home also uses up more water than a car wash would; at least 40 gallons more.

If one must wash the car from home…

If, for any reason, an individual prefers to have their car washed from home, there are things they can do to ensure they help preserve the environment. One of the most ideal ways to ensure home car washing is eco friendly is by using eco-friendly car cleaning supplies and biodegradable soaps. It is also best to ensure one uses the least amount of water in the process.

Changing of oil 

Most owners will drive their cars to a garage for an oil change. This is the best way to ensure the oil is disposed in an environmentally safe manner. In case one decides to change their own oil, it is important to take the used oil to a garage or mechanic to ensure it is disposed safely. Oil should never be poured on the ground, or drained in soil or water streams.

Junking your car out

There comes a time for every car to be disposed. When this time comes, it is important to ensure the car owner disposes off the junk safely. There are numerous services that offer to pick up and dispose worn out cars. These service providers ensure they separate the car’s scrap metal from the harmful chemicals before junking the car.

The scrap metal is sold, and the money is mainly directed towards charity organizations or fundraising projects. To make this process easier, one can visit a local junkyard.


By reducing the impact of car care on the environment, one plays their part in making our world a better place for everyone. Protecting the environment is an individual responsibility.

Drew Hendricks
Drew Hendricks is a tech, social media and environmental addict. He's written for many major publishers such as National Geographic and Technorati.

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