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#1 of 3 Old 06-01-2013, 01:27 PM - Thread Starter
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Spring has come and my car has a fair amount of salt on it after the winter. I had planned to wash the car myself at home (in the driveway), but then I started looking around online and seeing articles that said, washing one's car at home is not very eco-friendly because it uses more water than a car wash would and there's no good, safe drainage in most driveways. And also that washing at home, it's hard to get under the car, which is were most of the salt is, so that one ends up with damage to the car sooner, so it lessens the life span of the car (which didn't seem very eco-friendly to me either!). So, now I'm not sure that I want to wash my car at home. What do you all think? What's the most eco-friendly way to wash a car? Are there such things as eco-friendly commercial car washes?

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I always run mine through the car wash. Our local one catches all the water and filters before it goes into the sewers. It may even reuses it. (Ive asked before I just cant remember lol!) Its a lot easier for me as we live in apartments and my 4 year old DD loves it.
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I was told by a mom that car washes recycle the water, which is why they are allowed to remain open during droughts. So, if that's true, I think I'd vote 'car wash'. Now to confirm the recycling.
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