Tips for Disinfecting your Vehicle’s Interior… Safely!

Even with lockdowns and quarantines being issued across the country in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, many of us still spend lots of time in our vehicles. If you are one of those people, you are probably considering the best ways to keep your vehicle as clean as possible. In this blog, we’ll go over the best practices for cleaning your car’s interior without doing damage to it!

Cleaning your interior can be tricky. Many disinfectants can contain ingredients that may do permanent harm to the interior of your car. So what should you look for?

Soap and detergents are a great go-to. Soap is highly effective in degrading and destroying virus cells (such as the coronavirus) that have found their way onto surfaces in your vehicle.

You’ll find that soap is a key ingredient in many easily found cleaning items like liquid hand or dish soaps. When searching, make sure to avoid choosing a cleaner that is labeled “free of detergents”. Focus on high contact surfaces such as your steering wheel, door handles, seatbelt, review mirror, gear shift lever and your radio dials. These surfaces are much more likely to have picked up stray bacteria or viruses.

For leather interiors, you’ll want to slightly change your approach. Unlike our skin, our cars interiors don’t have the ability to re-moisturize. So alcohol and detergent based cleaners may dry out the leather in your vehicle. Makeup removal wipes can be a great solution to this! These wipes typically contain moisturizer that works great on organic trim material.

Some cleaning materials you’ll want to avoid: solvents such as alcohols, kerosene, acetone and bleach. Not only can these damage interior areas in your vehicle, but they aren’t particularly effective against viruses.

If you do use cleaning wipes like Lysol or Clorox, do your best to avoid products that are using bleach. Spray disinfectants are also less effective as they work through direct contact which can leave your vehicle vulnerable to missed spots. 

Lastly, make sure that whatever chemicals you use on your vehicle’s interior are wiped off after you use them. If you let chemicals linger they can do lasting damage!

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