Ever tried to jump start your car battery and was surprised that it was covered in gunk? That nasty gunk is battery oxidation thats formed by acid condensation. It can be cleaned by way of a simple chemical solution, since it has been formed by an acid. Should you have baking soda in the house, then you will be able to remove the battery acid. Cleaning your battery is not very difficult to do but you should take necessary precautions.
You will need to first get the supplies you need, most of which can be found in your home. Protective glasses are nice to have for protecting your eyes, a box of baking soda is a necessary ingredient, adjustable pliers and screwdriver, with insulated handles, and a stiff-bristled brush to begin with. You will also need open-end and box wrenches, a good solid scraper either metal or plastic, cleaning brushes for the battery terminal and a turkey baster or small funnel. You should likewise have a number of sponges, spray-type household cleaner, rubber gloves and a bucket of clean water. All this will make sure a safe cleaning of the battery.
Because the caustic deposits contain sulfuric acid, it is advisable to use rubber gloves and the safety glasses. You should be sure that the deposits don't get on the car since it will damage the paint. Based on the amount of dirt and oxidation on the battery, the cleaning can vary, and some of the steps might not be necessary. If you'd like the battery to be very clean, you will have to remove the battery from the vehicle. The first step is to utilize the scraper to remove as much dirt as possible and use the bristle brush to get at more.
Next step is to mix one tablespoon of baking soda with a pint of water and administer the solution to the battery and the cable connection using the funnel or turkey baster. After that you can use the bristle brush to be able to loosen and remove the build up from the battery and you want to remove the cables so that cleaning like this will be easier. Make use of the pliers or assorted wrenches to loosen the hookup before pulling them off, starting with the negative first, and then the positive. For additional parts of the battery, use the brush to remove the deposits then flush with the baking soda solution.
At this point start using the liquid cleaner in the spray bottle, and a sponge to get rid of the remaining dirt and grease. Dry everything off using a thoroughly clean cloth and after that reassemble everything the way you took it apart, reconnecting the positive first. Finally, once everything is secured and properly assembled, you will now have a safe and clean battery.