If we want to talk about toxic chemicals, let’s get on the subject of vehicle operation, care, and maintenance! I get it though, some aspects of running machines (especially cars that are built with our road safety in mind) probably shouldn’t be messed around with and left to the professionals. We can, however, find more natural alternatives for cleaning cars!
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 generally be pretty 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 quite happy with! Happy enough, that is, to share the recipe with you, and to even put the product up for sale in our Etsy shop!
THE RECIPE (fills 4 oz jar):
- 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 cooling without the solution 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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