Yes, you read that right. We?re living in interesting times, but that doesn?t mean you don?t want a clean car with shiny rims that sparkle. Plus, dirty rims and wheels can cause damage and destroy your car?s exterior.
The great news is that you don?t need to leave your house to achieve the sparkling aluminum rims of your dreams. You already have the ingredients for shiny success in your kitchen right now.
We?ve done the research and offer these six simple solutions to remove road dirt, tar, grease, and brake dust from your aluminum rims.
Always Rinse Aluminum Rims First
Before you wash your vehicle, clean the wheels? aluminum rims first.
Pre-rinsing will prevent the rims? dirty and greasy water runoff from mucking up your clean car.
Rinsing is easy. Grab a regular water hose, screw on a spray nozzle to create water pressure, and spray directly on the rim. The dirt and grime will break up under the water pressure. Warm water works best.
How To Use Lemon Juice and Baking Soda
What a great pairing! Lemon juice is a versatile degreaser that can be used on your car?s rims and tires. But what?s so great about baking soda? Baking soda is a mild alkali cleaning agent that causes dirt and grease to dissolve easily in water for powerful removal. It?s also one of the cheapest, most effective cleaners available. Combining lemon juice and baking soda creates the perfect foil to combat brake dust, road dirt, and grime.
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice or lemon concentrate
- Spray bottle
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1 cup of warm water
- Microfiber towels
Pour warm water and lemon juice into the spray bottle, screw on lid, and shake well.
Promptly spray the solution on the rims, starting from the inner center outward to the edges by the tires. Make sure the rims are completely drenched with the lemon juice and water solution.
Dampen a microfiber towel in warm water and sprinkle the baking soda on the fabric. Using a circular motion, rub the towel firmly to remove tough stains and further clean the rims.
Using a dry towel, completely dry the aluminum rims.
Use Baking Soda and Vinegar To Clean Rims
White vinegar adds a punch when combined with baking soda to power-off oil, grease, brake dust, and grime.
- Baking soda
- Warm water
- White vinegar
- Medium mixing bowl
- Old toothbrush
Pour three parts baking soda into a medium mixing bow. Slowly add 1/2 part warm water, and 1/2 part white vinegar until thick, wet paste forms. Don?t be alarmed; the mixture will bubble up a little after adding the white vinegar.
Apply the baking soda paste to a sponge, rub the sponge directly on the aluminum rims, and cover the entire surface. Tip: you can apply this paste and let it sit for up to five minutes before scrubbing.
Using the sponge, scrub the wheels, then grab a toothbrush to reach tight areas to remove stubborn dirt and grime.
Rinse the wheels with clean water after scrubbing, then dry with a soft towel Repeat Step 3 multiple times if necessary, to make the wheels as clean as possible.The Baking Soda and Dish Soap Method
This DIY aluminum rim cleaner employs more baking soda magic, but combines it with dish soap as a degreaser. Perfect for removing road grease and tar buildup.