Most of us spend a great deal of time in our vehicles. We eat, drink, and even cough and sneeze, which brings in a lot of germs. Additionally, every time you fill up your car with gas, stop for a roadtrip snack, or go through the drive-thru, you are bringing more germs into your car on your hands, clothes, and shoes. Your car is full of countless touch points. From your door handle to the steering wheel to the console and buttons of the radio, the inside of your car can hold a number of bacteria and germs. Even if you apply hand sanitizer every time you get back in your car, you are not accounting for what your clothing, your shoes, and more are bringing in when you get in your car. Even if you feel like you don’t touch anything but the gas nozzle or the door handle, your shoes are tracking in tons of germs.
Did you know that a steering wheel can be up to 10 times dirtier than your toilet seat? If you don’t regularly wash your hands, and you are eating, sick, or using your cell phone, your steering wheel and gear shift can be very dirty. It’s a great idea to use a car-friendly antibacterial cleaner or wipes to wipe all these touch points down along with any cracks and crevices on the regular. You should also use hand sanitizer every time you get back in your car or have touched something, such as the canister at the bank drive-thru, even if you have recently washed your hands. A periodic, thorough detailing of your car, including cleaning carpet and any upholstered areas, can get rid of additional bacteria. Also, when you run your AC, condensation, mold, and other allergens can build up over time in the vents and evaporator. Remember to periodically replace your air filter.