Hi friends! I’ve been creating again! If you have been following along for any amount of time, you will know that our family has been on a mission to buy less stuff and to reduce toxins in our home. Well, lately I’ve been thinking some about the chemicals we encounter through our vehicles and wanted to see what natural diy’s I could come up with.
Don’t worry — I am not about to start messing with any of the magical chemicals that make my car run. I know my creative limits! But I do have control over what I clean my car with. And just like with household cleaners (which I wrote about here), I want the solutions I use to clean my car to be both safe and effective.
Store-bought car wax will likely be effective, but some of the ingredients found within aren’t exactly what I would call people-friendly. Here are a couple examples of ingredients you might find:
- Teflons & Fluropolymers (chemicals created in production of these have been linked to birth defects and increased cancer rates)
- Silicones, Plastics, & Petroleum Distillates (known to be skin irritants and cause rashes, extended exposure can lead to rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and other health problems).
Well, guess what? I played around with several car wax recipes/ingredients/proportions, and came up with something that I am happy with.
The biggest difference you will notice between this recipe and others you find online is that mine uses vinegar instead of a chemical solvent like turpentine. Now, to give credit where it is due, those chemical solvents in other recipes do play an important role in breaking down and stabilizing the waxes. And though the vinegar in my recipe has worked out overall, I have had some trouble in my attempts with the waxes and vinegar separating. If I follow the exact steps below, my ingredients seem to emulsify fine. In the future, though, I would like to look at adding an emulsifying wax or finding another natural solution to stabilize it a bit better.
THE RECIPE (fills 4 oz jar):
Major disclaimer… I am not a chemist and I am not a professional car cleaner. This is simply a solution that has worked for our family and may or may not be the best option for you and your car. That’s ok! Thanks for being here, either way, lovely people!
- 5 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (where to buy)
- 4 teaspoons Carnauba Wax (I bought mine on Amazon Prime)
- 2 teaspoons Beeswax, either grated or pastilles (where I buy: by bar/pastilles)
- 7.5 teaspoons White Vinegar
- 50-60 drops of essential oils (where I buy mine). I like to use 25-30 drops of Scotch Pine (buy here) and 25-30 drops of Fir Needle (buy here).
- Double boiler (I prefer to use a mason jar and pot)
- Tightly sealed jar to store the finished project in. I have been using these 4 oz amber glass jars from Amazon and love them! They are a great option, especially if you are going to be buying your other ingredients from them!
NOTE: The timing and order of ingredients is very important! If not done in this way, the oil and vinegar might not properly emulsify, and you will likely end up with some separation. Following these steps, though, should give you a well-blended end product.
Add coconut oil and vinegar to a mason jar, and place that jar in a pot of simmering water. WAIT until these ingredients are warmed (and melted) before moving on.
Once well-heated add the carnauba wax and beeswax.
Continue to heat in the pot, watching and stirring often, until both waxes are completely melted and combined. Remove the mason jar from the heat and swirl around for about a minute (holding the upper portion of the jar that was not in contact with heat or hot water). Why?? Well, swirling is extremely important to help (a) keep everything combined and blended and (b) help speed up the cooling process without it setting in the jar.
Once it has cooled some but not yet set (I know I am close when I can hold the bottom of the mason jar and the temperature feels like a mug of hot tea), add in essential oils and swirl again several times to combine. Pour mixture immediately into your storage container and allow to set at room temperature.
WAX ON. Using a clean, lint-free cloth, apply wax to outer sections of car in circular motions. Allow to cure at least 5-10 minutes. WAX OFF. Using a second clean cloth (either dry or damp with vinegar), go over the same areas, buffing as needed.
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