The 7 Most Harmful Household Cleaners used on Cars

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Not all cleaning products are created equal or designed for vehicles. Household products can cause serious damage to investments, harm the environment, and just be plain hard to work with. Below is Shurhold’s top seven common mistakes people make when washing their cars, trucks and motorcycles.

#1 – Dish Soap can cause many problems, from stripping wax to degrading the waterproofing on fabrics. In some cases, these chemicals are harmful to the environment.
#2 – Many mirrors and windows are made of plastic, not glass. Since Windex and other glass cleaners contain ammonia, they can cause yellowing and cracking.

#3 – Paper Towels are not actually a very soft material. They’re too harsh and scratch many soft plastics. Additionally, paper towels fall apart easily and become very costly over time.
#4 – Since storage is limited, it shouldn’t be wasted on cleaning tools. Most maintenance tool manufacturers market a product for every potential type of surface, stain or area of the car. Owners should try to use multipurpose formulas to cut down on cost and overcrowding.

#5 – Abrasive household cleansers like Soft Scrub are too strong for car material. Fiberglass, clear coat and gel coat surfaces easily lose their protective coatings to these harsh cleaners. Bleach-based products will have a tendency to discolor fabrics and break down their integrity.

#6 – Pledge is great on wood, not on clear vinyl like isinglass. It contains solvents that removes the plasticizers from the plastic. This causes the material to become brittle and yellow.
#7 – Environmental build-up can quickly damage anything. Overlooking or neglecting the right maintenance items will only reduce the value of an investment over time. Keeping up with regular care is much easier.

Shurhold is dedicated to educating car and truck owners on vehicle value preservation. Inventor of the One Handle Does It All system, Shurhold manufactures specialty care items and accessories to clean, polish and detail.