DIY Natural Wheel Cleaner: Easy and Effective Recipe   

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Wheel cleaning is an important part of keeping your vehicle looking its best. However, many store-bought wheel cleaners can be harsh, and expensive and contain chemicals that are not environmentally friendly. 

Luckily, you can make your own natural wheel cleaner with just a few simple ingredients.

This easy and effective wheel cleaner recipe uses ingredients that are likely already in your pantry: white vinegar, and dish soap.

Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 5-6 tablespoons dish soap
  • Brush
  • Microfiber cloth or towel


  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the white vinegar, and dish soap. Mix well to form a paste.
  2. Use a stiff-bristled brush to apply the paste to the wheels. Make sure to get into all the crevices and ridges.
  3. Let the paste sit for about 10-15 minutes. This will allow the vinegar to work and cut through grime and also act as a natural deodorizer.
  4. Use a hose or pressure washer to rinse the wheels clean.
  5. Dry the wheels with a clean microfiber cloth or towel.

This natural wheel cleaner is not only effective at removing dirt and grime but also is safe to use and environmentally friendly.

Vinegar cuts through grime and also acts as a natural deodorizer, and dish soap is added as an extra cleaning agent, to help remove stubborn dirt and stains.

How Often Should You Clean Your Car Wheels Using this Method?

The frequency of cleaning your wheels with this DIY natural wheel cleaner method depends on several factors such as how often you drive your vehicle, what kind of roads you drive on, and personal preference. Generally, it’s a good idea to clean your wheels at least once a month, or more frequently if you notice an accumulation of dirt and grime.

If you drive your vehicle frequently on dirt roads, or in areas with high traffic, you may need to clean your wheels more often. The same goes for areas that have heavy rain, as the wheels will be constantly exposed to dirt and grime, and frequent cleaning will be necessary to maintain the appearance of your wheels.

If you live in an area with little dirt and grime, or you drive your vehicle infrequently, you can clean your wheels less often. It’s recommended to check the wheels at least once a month and clean them as necessary.

It’s also worth noting that this method is safe to use and environmentally friendly, so you can use it as often as you need without any negative effects on your wheels or the environment. 

However, it’s also a good idea to check the manufacturer’s instructions for your particular wheels, as some may have different types of coating or materials that could be damaged by using this cleaner. 

If you find any damage or discoloration, it’s best to avoid using this method or to consult with a professional to make sure it’s safe to continue using it.


In conclusion, this simple and easy recipe for a DIY natural wheel cleaner is not only effective at removing dirt and grime but also is safe to use and environmentally friendly. 

By using only white vinegar and dish soap, you can achieve the same level of cleanliness without using any harsh chemicals or abrasives. It is a cost-effective and safer solution than most commercial wheel cleaners. 

With this recipe, you can keep your wheels looking like new ones without any damage. I hope you give this a try.

See 8 Baking Soda Hacks for Car Maintenance for more natural car cleaning tips.   

Thanks for reading!

-Baking Soda Guy

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