A CAR expert has warned drivers that conventional household cleaners could damage their cars.
Many drivers grab cleaning products from the kitchen cupboard to use on their car.
However, a car expert warned that some items could damage paint if used on a car.
Mike Thompson, chief operating officer at Leasing Options, told The Mirror: “There’s no better time to clean your car of winter grime than at the start of spring.”
“However, it’s important to be aware of common practices that could either reduce the effectiveness of your cleaning or, worse, damage your vehicle’s paint.”
Mr Thompson also warned that even dishwashing liquid could have disastrous consequences if used in a car.
He added: “Degreasing dishwashing detergents are designed to remove food residue and stubborn oils from your kitchenware to make it clean. So it’s no wonder you might think that dishwashing detergents like Fairy Liquid would be perfect for washing your vehicle.”
The pros warn that regularly using dish soap when washing your car can erode the wax that protects the clear coat.
Car wax contains oily substances that dish soap can remove, just like oil and butter on kitchen utensils.
They warned: “After using dish soap as a car wash solution several times, your car is likely to no longer retain its shiny, water-beady paint.”
And experts warned that shaving cream could cause discoloration on car upholstery, despite claims on social media that it works wonders.