DIY Engine Degreaser: Simple Recipes for Effective Cleaning
DIY Engine Degreaser: Simple Recipes for Effective Cleaning

DIY Engine Degreaser: Simple Recipes for Effective Cleaning

July 21, 2023

DIY Engine Degreaser: Simple Recipes for Effective Cleaning

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A clean engine is a major part of your car’s maintenance regime. It becomes easier to spot errors and fix them when the engine is kept in a neat and tidy condition. Most engine degreasers can be expensive, that said a DIY engine degreaser works as good as the one you purchase from the market. Let’s go through some easy steps for a homemade engine degreaser recipe. 

Step to Make a Homemade Car Engine Degreaser 

One way to save money on your vehicle is to adopt lots of DIY methods. For instance, taking care of your car at home and not taking it to the auto shop for maintenance often saves on money and time. 

As for vehicle maintenance, engine cleaning is an important part of the process, a vehicle is only as good on the road in terms of performance as its engine. Keeping the engine clean helps it to run smoothly and spot likely problems including leaks. Moreover, hoses and wires usually last longer when kept clean. However, engine cleaning can get expensive with commercial products. We have curated some quick and easy steps to make a DIY engine degreaser.

Washing Soda

To create an effective homemade engine degreaser, start by combining a gallon of warm water with a quarter cup of washing soda. Washing soda, which can typically be located alongside laundry items in most stores, shares similarities with baking soda. Although baking soda can be used as a substitute for washing soda, it won’t provide the same level of engine cleaning effectiveness. Here are the benefits of cleaning a car’s engine.

Ammonia Degreaser

Another method to make a highly efficient homemade engine degreaser is to combine two parts ammonia, two parts water, and one part liquid dish soap. Ensure that the mixture is well blended in a spray bottle, and use it to spray and scrub the engine as needed. Rinse the engine thoroughly after application. A car’s engine bay cleaning is also necessary to protect the engine and a degreaser helps with just that.

Kerosene Degreaser

You can also make an alternative DIY engine degreaser by combining one part kerosene with four parts water and incorporating a small amount of liquid dish soap. While kerosene can be used alone as an engine degreaser, the addition of soap serves as a surfactant, enhancing the breakdown and helping eliminate grease and dirt from the engine. It is important to exercise caution when working with kerosene due to its flammability.

General Instructions for DIY Engine Degreaser Application 

When working on an engine, it is vital to exercise caution. Prior to beginning any work, ensure that the engine is turned off and has adequately cooled down to prevent any potential injuries. It is important to avoid working near the fan to avoid any accidents. For optimal coverage, use a spray bottle to apply the DIY engine degreaser, and remember to wear protective gloves at all times. 

When scrubbing smaller areas, it is recommended to use a firm brush. Keep in mind that cleaners potent enough to remove grease on their own may also pose a risk of damaging sensitive hoses and wiring. Finally, after using the homemade engine degreaser, always perform a thorough rinse to ensure its complete removal.

That is a wrap on the steps to make a DIY engine degreaser. In addition to car maintenance, degreasing the car’s engine is necessary for proper heat dissipation. It helps maintain the car’s resale value and prolongs the engine’s life and performance. Moreover, if you want to wash the engine, go through these tips to wash a car’s engine. 

Besides, if you’re still looking for a car to drive, here is a list of used cars for sale in the UAE. You can find different cars with various engine options, go through them thoroughly, and have your pick. 

Stay tuned to Automax’s top car blog for more on various car DIYs, tips, and more.

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