Cleaning car to prevent spread of Coronavirus

How to: Keeping Your Car Clean from Coronavirus


The statistic we’re going to share with you is going to change how you view the inside of your car.

According to a study conducted by, steering wheels are “Six times dirtier than an average cell phone screen, four times dirtier than a public toilet seat and two times dirtier than public elevator buttons.”

Anyone else ready to clean their car and steering wheel after reading that?

We are.

Considering COVID-19, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you keep your car clean and reduce germs from Coronavirus.

Please share this with your family, friends, team, and coworkers.

Keep Your Hands Clean

We’re going to sound like a broken record saying the same thing everyone else is telling you: wash your hands!

Keeping your hands clean will help you to minimize the spread of germs in your car. Make sure your passengers keep their hands clean frequently too.

Keep hand sanitizer and wipes in your car, so you can clean your hands in between trips in and out of your car.

For instance, you don’t want to go inside a grocery store, touch items in the store, and then spread these germs right onto your steering wheel or door handle and other parts of your car.

Click here to see tips from the CDC for tips on proper hand washing and sanitizing.

Clean These Germ-Prone Areas of Your Car

Everything you frequently touch in your car should be cleaned often to reduce the spread of germs and Coronavirus.

Essentially, everything should be cleaned and wiped down, but here are some of the top areas of your car that you should clean daily and regularly:

  • Steering wheel (remember that statistic?)
  • Gear shift
  • Door handles
  • Knobs for wiper blades and turn signals
  • Radio knobs
  • Heat and cooling knobs
  • Seatbelts and latches
  • Armrests inside and out
  • Glove department
  • Cupholders
  • Car keys
  • Children’s seats and seatbelts

Just remember to be careful how you clean your car because certain products may not be suitable for fabric or leather as we’ll mention below.

Keep Cleaners in Your Car

Keep hand sanitizer and leather/fabric EPA approved cleaners in your car.

Avoid using products that are harmful for leather surfaces such as bleach and hydrogen peroxide.

Consider using a mild soap and water solution to clean your car in cases where you don’t have car cleaning products. Don’t forget to invest in a bottle of leather conditioner to keep your leather surface in good shape after cleaning it.

And be sure to keep clean gloves in your car, so you can have them while you clean. If you haven’t been able to find gloves, you may be able to find a box or two at your nearest auto parts store.

Keep Following CDC and State Recommended Guidelines

It’s a little difficult to keep your distance from others while in a car. Try to limit the number of people riding in a vehicle with you to keep the spread of germs at bay.

If you have a job that requires you to have others in your vehicle or company vehicle, you’ll want to take extra care in keeping your vehicle clean as often as possible.

Keep washing your hands. Keep sanitizing. And whatever you do, don’t stop cleaning. We will weather this pandemic together.

We hope this blog finds you well. Please continue to be safe and healthy as we mitigate COVID-19.


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