The spread of the Corona Virus is the biggest topic in our world right now. You have probably disinfected your bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, but what about your cars? Do you think you can catch a virus from your car’s surfaces? Well the answer is YES, you absolutely can so we’ve collected some great tips to help you reduce the spread of the virus in your car!
- What should I use to clean my vehicle?
Soap and water are always the best choice because it limits the amount of chemicals in your car, but alcohol is the most common cleaner used by automotive manufacturers. A natural cleaner sprayed on a paper towel or microfiber cloth can work well too.
Statistics say the steering wheel has four times the amount of germs found on the average toilet seat! GROSS! Disinfecting products such as Lysol wipes can be used, especially for common surfaces like the steering wheel and radio, but use sparingly on leather seats.
- What products should I NOT use to clean my vehicle?
Never use hydrogen peroxide or bleach on your vehicle because it’ll damage your surfaces. Also never use ammonia-based products such as Windex on leather or radio touch screens because it will break down the material and damage it.
MAKE SURE YOU NEVER COMBINE THESE PRODUCTS BELOW!
- Rubbing Alcohol + Bleach = Toxic Chloroform
- Bleach + Vinegar = Toxic Chlorine Gas
- Baking Soda + Vinegar = Ineffective Cleaning Solution
- Ammonia + Bleach = Toxic Chloramine Vapors
- Hydrogen Peroxide + Vinegar = Toxic Peracetic Acid
- How often should I disinfect my car?
Disinfecting your car depends on how often you are driving. If you are driving daily, consider using a disinfecting wipe at the end of every day to wipe down your steering wheel, door handles, and radio. If you’re not driving often then just disinfect after a few uses or when you’ve been somewhere with lots of people.
- Wash your hands and sanitize!
The easiest way to prevent this virus from being on your car’s surfaces is by washing your hands! Wash your hands before you get in the car, when you get out, and sanitize before and after you get out in public areas, especially gas pumps! Keep a hand sanitizer in your car with at least 70% alcohol in it to use.
- Think about the interactions you’ll have before you get in your car!
If you’re going to get fast food, make sure you have your sanitizer to put on your hands before you get to the window and after they return your card and food. Know you need gas? Make sure you have napkins or Lysol wipes ready so you don’t touch the buttons or gas pump. Daily coffee run, just bring your own cup, immediately pour the drink in it and dispose of the store cup.
Wash your hands, ALWAYS. Disinfect when you can. Try to think ahead! It’s important we stay clean, especially in our cars. Use these simple tips and stay healthy!