- Consider switching to an waterless car wash this summer. Trade the hoses and buckets for a small spray bottle and two microfiber towels. Currently popular overseas, waterless car wash products are finally here in the U.S.
- Swap paper towels for re-usable microfiber towels. Microfibers are super absorbent and can be re-used up to 50 times.
- Steer clear of products containing “petroleum-distillates, kerosene, silicone, or mineral spirits” These products are known carcinogens and have an adverse impact on the environment.
- If you do continue using the hose method, buy an automatic shut-off valve so that water is not continuing to flow as you wash.
- Look for soaps which are phosphate-free. Phosphates encourage algae bloom when they enter water and reduce oxygen levels for other aquatic species.
- Wash your car over the lawn instead of in the driveway. You’ll both water the grass, and also prevent the contaminated water from hitting open sewers.