You might think that using a commercial car wash would be the worst for the environment and your pocket book but this is not the case. In fact, washing your car at home in your driveway is the worst thing to do. It may seem harmless to vacuum your car, wash the dirt off and then buff it to a shine with creams or waxes, but the soapy suds that flow down your driveway to the sewer join storm water runoff and end up in a nearby lake or river. That means your untreated, grimy water heads straight into the lakes and oceans of this planet.
Also, that dirt on your car is a mixture of exhaust fumes, gasoline and motor oil mixed with lubricants, tar, suspended matter, heavy metals, hydrocarbons and micro-organisms. This is not something you want to return back to Mother Nature.
Instead use a commercial car wash. Commercial car washes are typically not allowed to let rinse water run down into storm drains unless it’s been treated as wastewater. They also use at minimum of 50 percent less water than the average home wash.
So next time your car is dirty, take it your local eco-friendly car wash vendor and save yourself the work and Mother Nature the pollution.