COVID-19: How to disinfect your car
Why is it important to disinfect your car?
The COVID-19 virus is highly resistant and can survive for varying lengths of time on surfaces. That is why it is so important to thoroughly clean and disinfect your vehicle.
What needs to be cleaned?
Start with the obvious spots like the steering wheel, door handles (interior and exterior) and touch screen.
Then, move on to every other spot you may have touched, from the handbrake to light switches, and don’t forget about window buttons.
Then, clean everything else you may have touched!
If your car has leather seats, include them in your cleaning spree.
What kind of cleaner should you use?
As with hand washing, soap and water are ideal to neutralize the virus.
Avoid corrosive cleaners that could damage the vehicle’s surfaces.
Although the jury is still out on whether disinfectant wipes are truly effective, make your own cleaner with the following ingredients:
- 1 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
Using a spray bottle, apply the mixture to the vehicle’s surfaces and wipe off any excess with a cloth.
What should you NOT use?
Certain cleaning products are not recommended to disinfect your car:
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Products containing ammonia
At the gas station
Since you have to hold the gas pump, keep hand sanitizer in your vehicle and use it to clean you hands after filling up.
After driving your car
Wash your hands after operating your vehicle, especially if you had passengers.
Professional car cleaning services
Make an appointment to have your car professionally cleaned and disinfected.
They will use industrial steam cleaners to tackle the virus.