I bought a new car. Well, a new-to-me used car. Yes, this means we are now a two car family. Sigh. We’ve gotten by on one car ever since we moved to Toronto, but now that we’re leaving the city… I’m sure there is a way to get by with one car when you live in Guelph, one works in Waterloo, the other works in Toronto (some days), and you have a toddler in daycare, but I can’t wrap my head around it. So I console myself that we bought used, got a reasonable size vehicle that is very fuel-efficient (for its class), and that I’ll leave it as home as often as possible. My hubby will be doing his daily commute in our tiny Fit.
What does having bought a new car have to do with a daily green resolution? Well you see, new cars are very, very clean. They’ve been vacuumed to within an inch of their lives, and have been sprayed with all kinds of stinky, new-car smelling chemical cleaners (I’m driving with the windows open until that smell clears out!). They look lovely. Problem is, I don’t have a great reputation for keeping cars clean. Kid toys, food wrappers, travel mugs… you get the picture.
But I’m going to try really hard with this one. A colleague advised me that they keep a cleaning kit in their car, with cleaning spray and wipes. While this sounds like a great idea, the disposable wipes and chemical cleaner route isn’t my first choice. So, instead, I’m going to keep a spray bottle of vinegar and water, and a cleaning rag, in my car. So when my hubby cleans my car, he can use natural products. Just kidding, I’ll totally clean my own car. Today’s resolution – keep a clean car, without the disposables. Next time I give you a lift, you can tell me how I’m doing!