The Best Way to Disinfect Your Car In 3 Steps
The best way to disinfect your car, to get that out of the way right at the start, is for you not to go inside your car. If you can do it, avoid using your car or going out at all during this time of social distancing, because every time you take a trip outside you is endangering yourself and others, both directly and indirectly.
Yes, most people out there are not in the primary risk group for COVID-19, but almost everyone gets in touch with people that are. Also, your actions right now are going to set an example for everyone who knows you. If people see you roam about like it is businesses as usual, then they might feel encouraged to do the same – which massively increases the likelihood that one of them is going to catch COVID-19, even if it is not yourself.
Next to that, if you get infected without any major symptoms, you might think it is not a big deal. But every new person the virus jumps to gives it a new opportunity to mutate. And if COVID-19 keeps mutating, then developing a cure for it becomes more and more difficult. But enough of that. If you clicked on this article, you probably have no choice but to use your car every once in a while. In this case, check out this article because it is going to tell you all about the best way to disinfect your car!
1. Know what to focus on. At first glance, using your car seems super simple. But when it comes to thinking about how and what to disinfect inside of your car, things can quickly seem overwhelming. Because as it turns out, your car is full of stuff, surfaces, buttons, and levers that you could touch, and it is easy to forget important ones of these just because you are not using them all the time. So, before you head out there with a bucket and disinfectant, first make a list of the things that you know are going to need disinfection. Look at the sample right here for inspiration, but always reconsider it yourself, because there are likely going to be some items in your car that are unique to you, which also need disinfection. On top of that, no list is perfect, so keep that in mind.
But to get the obvious stuff out of the way first, you will need to take care of your car keys, the handle you open your car with, your headrest, your steering wheel, your indicator, and light switches, your clutch and your radio. But we are only getting started because there is also your sun shades, handbrake, buttons or lever for rolling the windows up and down as well as the armrests, the handle that moves your seat, your seatbelt, buttons for opening your trunk or your gas tank and your glove compartment. Then, make sure to remember your actual gas tank as well, and the handle of your trunk, as well as anything inside the trunk that you frequently touch.
Finally, many of the items listed also apply to your passenger seat, although you would ideally not share the car with anyone else during these times. Especially if you are driving a taxi, though, always disinfect any surfaces that your passengers got into contact with and wash your hands immediately afterward, without touching your face.
2. Ready the disinfectant. You may be wondering which types of cleaners are suitable for the inside of a car. But you may be surprised to learn that most of them are going to work just fine. Just make sure you have solutions with at least 70 percent alcohol content. Isopropyl alcohol is one of the more widely used cleaners out there, so if you are unsure what to use, then use that.
What you should definitely not use inside your car, on the other hand, is bleach or hydrogen peroxide. They are no doubt effective against COVID-19, but they will damage your upholstery. Also avoid ammonia-based cleaners on any touch screens, because they might cause damage there. At the end of a day, soap-washing pretty much does the trick, including with the right amount of friction.
3. Go out and disinfect! Finally, it is time to disinfect everything. Ultimately, the most important thing is to apply the right amount of rubbing, because friction will help get rid of the virus but too much of it can damage your car’s interior. Also, if you have special materials inside of your car make sure to check if they require special cleaning materials, such as leather for example. For leather, use a leather cleaner first and then a conditioner after, to make sure it survives the cleaning.
For upholstery, avoid too much water or soap, because it may leave stains or even soak through to the cushion and then stay there, creating smells or mold in the long run. After you are done, wash your hands. Then, wash your hands before you drive and right after you drive. Just go and establish that habit, because not only will it keep yourself clean, but it will also make sure that you avoid bringing new bacteria and viruses back into your car.
Just follow these three steps, and your car will be squeaky-clean in no time!