Natural Car Cleaning Recipes


It’s not necessary to buy all those chemical filled cleaners and sprays when you want to shine up your car and make it pretty. Just because a bottle says “car wash” on it, doesn’t make it a better soap for your car. It’s just marketing. (Learning about marketing techniques will save you a lot of time and money in life… but that’s for another post.) When it comes to cars, most people want to buy car specific products to make sure no harsh solvents harm the clear coat on their pricey, moving investments. In the green world, we wouldn’t want to use those products anyway. If it can potentially harm your vehicles clear coat, why would it be alright to rinse off and absorb into the Earth!? Here are all the basics needed to keep your auto clean and fresh. Without harming anyone, or anything in the process.

Natural, homemade recipes to help keep your car clean, inside and out, without damaging the environment.

Car Wash

  1. Fill a bucket with water
  2. Add 1/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds or Liquid Castile Soap
  3. Add a few drops of lemon or orange essential oil for added freshness and grime fighting power
  • Use a clean rag and wash the outside of the car with this mix. Rinse well before the soap dries. Use a clean, dry towel or sham to dry it off.

Tire Scrub

  1. Fill a large bowl or bucket with about a half gallon of warm water
  2. Add 1 cup vinegar
  3. Add 1/4 cup castile soap
  4. Add 1/4 cup baking soda
  • Using a hard bristle brush, scrub the tires with this mixture and rinse well. Works great on white walls, too!

Glass Cleaner

  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1 cup vinegar
  3. 15 drops lemon essential oil
  • Combine all in a spray bottle and wipe glass with a clean cloth. Keep an extra clean, dry cloth on hand to make sure the glass dries spot free.

Carpet Freshener

  1. 3/4 cup water
  2. 1/4 vinegar
  3. 20 drops lavender essential oil
  4. 15 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Combine in a small spray bottle and spray directly onto carpets.

Dash and Console Shine

  1. 1/4 cup vinegar
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. 1/2 cup coconut oil
  4. A few drops of your favorite essential oil to help mask the vinegar smell
  • Mix together in a spray bottle. Apply to a soft rag and wipe down the dashboard of your car.

Leather Conditioner

  • Rub coconut oil into the leather and buff dry. The scent will subside rather quick.

Air Freshener

  • Place some rosemary, cinnamon sticks, or sandalwood in a mesh bag and hang from your rear view mirror or hide under the seat.


Enjoy your newly, clean ride while feeling proud about doing it the natural way.


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