You’ve wiped down the entire house with bleach with the precision of a professional killer. Leaving no trace of DNA as you scrubbed in-between the stove and the countertop – no man’s land. Anti-bacterial soap sits promptly on every tabletop to ensure that you are never more than two steps from clean hands if your face starts to itch. Suddenly, you remember that you forgot to buy toilet paper – curses!
Face mask on, you walk outside and towards your car. The mild panic that hangs in the air has forced you to ignore the condition of your interior. Dust on the dash that poofs into the air when you close the door. Cupholders creating their own ecosystem from the slime at the bottom that wears every shade of brown on the spectrum. In this extra-clean mindset you notice, for the first time, how sticky the steering wheel feels. The gear lever feels dry and ashy. An entire Winter season of dirt rests on the floormats. Stains with no memory attached to them littering the seats. The realization of the state of fifth you’re sitting in rages through your mind as you jump out of the car and run back into the house to grab a bar of soap and a vacuum.
Clean Your Car, for your health
CarRentals.com conducted a survey where they asked 1,000 drivers how often they clean the interior of their vehicle. The results showed that 32% of drivers cleaned as little as once a year. Worse still, 12% said they never cleaned it (can you imagine!)! According to this source, there are roughly 700 strains of bacteria living in the average vehicle interior. Think about that next time you are enjoying a meal during a road trip.
The most germ-covered surfaces on the interior of a car are where you grab most:
- Steering Wheel
- Gear lever
- Door handle
- Seat belt buckle
- Radio dials and Infotainment screen
So remember. Don’t panic about the Coronavirus, that is rule one. Wash your hands regularly, and avoid touching your face or other people. Avoid crowds. And finally, give your vehicle’s interior a good scrub down with some disinfectant wipes and some good old fashion elbow grease to get rid of god knows whatever created that stain.