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There’s a lot of important tips out there to remember for summer driving, but one of those mid-year rites of passage has to be the washing of the car. While this may not be useful information for the dragons out there, giving your beloved a rubdown is not the greenest thing you can do. Instead, it’s much better for everyone involved to bring it to the pros.

By law, carwashes need to dispose of their wastewater through sanitary drains, where it can go to a treatment plant instead of being just dumped through a storm drain. If you can’t get to one, there are a few things you can do to minimize the impact:

  • Wash the car on a permeable surface, like gravel or grass, that naturally filters the wastewater
  • Use biodegradable soaps
  • Think about using waterless products