Wash your hands! Properly sanitize your home and your laundry! Wear your mask!
We’ve all been given plenty of directives for protecting ourselves and our families from the coronavirus.
But what about our vehicles?
Think about how often you’re in and out of your car and how many things you touch (steering wheel, shifter, radio, seat belt, door handle, etc.). Yuck!
So to help keep you and your family protected from COVID-19 (or any other virus), we at Bryant Motors wanted to share some tips on how to disinfect and sanitize your vehicle — keep it that way!
How to disinfect your car
Wait! Don’t just run to the place where you keep your cleaning products and grab what you have. According to the EPA, only certain products actually work to kill viruses. On the EPA’s list are products such as Lysol, Microban and Clorox.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Soft cloth and/or microfiber cloth
- A cleaning product or disinfectant wipes that contain at least 70 percent alcohol
- For leather seats: leather cleaner
- For cloth seats, choose between:
- A small amount of soap and water (rub in softly with a soft cloth; do not over-wet surface)
- A small amount of 70 percent alcohol (rub in softly with a soft cloth; do not over-wet surface)
- Lysol disinfectant spray (spray in a sweeping motion and let completely dry)
- For imitation leather seats: any cleaner with at least 70 percent alcohol
- Disinfectant wipes for infotainment screens (display and touchscreens)
If you can’t find any EPA-approved cleaning products, good old-fashioned soap and water will do the trick too. In fact, soap and water may be more effective against the coronavirus than alcohol, according to some studies.
It’s also important to know what cleaning chemicals and products NOT to use. Avoid bleach, hydrogen peroxide and ammonia, as they can cause damage to your interior, especially plastics and vinyl.
Where disinfect in and on your car
Do you want to hear something quite disturbing?
According to a recent study, steering wheels were found to be 4 times dirtier than toilet seats!
No doubt it’s the most touched item in your car. It wouldn’t be surprising if keys and key fobs were found to be just as dirty or more.
So let’s start there.
Here’s a quick list of areas in the interior and exterior of your car that should be disinfected regularly:
- Steering wheel
- Key and remote fob
- Interior and exterior door, trunk handles and pulls
- All buttons and knobs
- Rearview mirror
- HVAC vents
- Gear selector
- Trunk signal lever
- Windshield wiper controls
- Center console and armrest
- Seat belt and buckle
- Parking brake handle and release lever
- Display screens and touchscreens
- Cup holders
- Seats and seat adjustment knobs
Items to keep on hand
Make it a little easier to keep your car sanitized as you go about your day-to-day by keeping a few items in your car.
- Box of tissues
- Car trash bag or can (something to throw those snotty tissues in!)
- Hand sanitizer
- Sanitary wipes or spray to sanitize areas as you’re out and about
- Disposable gloves (for getting gas and other scenarios)
Don’t make disinfecting your vehicle an afterthought. Add it to your new cleaning routine and keep yourself and your passengers healthy!