Wash Your Car on the Lawn

Posted on June 1, 2007 by Allie


Treehugger has a great list of water saving tips. As the owner of a very dirty car, I was particularly interested in this one:

“Wash your car on the lawn instead of the driveway. The water will help the grass, but don’t forget to use eco-friendly car wash.”

Stumped on what to use for an eco-friendly car wash? Try using a gentle, biodegradable dish soap. When I wash my car this weekend, I’ll probably use warm water and Ecover’s Herbal Dishwashing Liquid.


  1. [...] directed her to the post on washing your car on the lawn, but then I started to think about car wax. I haven’t waxed a car in a very long time, but [...]

    May 15th, 2008 at 12:35 pm
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  2. This may seem like a good idea but it’s not. Yes you will water your lawn but even if you use a safe non-toxic car wash liquid the metal from the car is bad for the environment. Cars should be washed at the carwash as they have to clean the water.

    August 19th, 2010 at 10:50 pm
    Comment by Lisa @Retro Housewife Goes Green

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Tip of the Day

If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It


According to Real Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.

So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings.

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