Instead of using commercial wheel cleaners or bleach, make your own compound. Making your own cleaner is more cost-efficient and safer. The chemicals in commercial cleaners and bleach can cause damage to nearby plants and make you sick if ingested. Dish detergent removes the dirt and grease, as does the white distilled vinegar. The vinegar also removes calcium, lime and rust spots. Use the cleaner on both the tire and the hubcap.
Pour 2 to 3 drops of dish soap into an empty spray bottle.
Fill the spray bottle halfway with vinegar.
Fill the spray bottle the rest of the way with water. Screw on the top.
Shake the spray bottle to mix up the soap, water and vinegar.
Spray the wheels with the cleaner. Scrub the wheels with a scrub brush or rag.
You can also clean wooden wheels with this mixture.