How do you disinfect a car interior?

What’s the best way to disinfect a car interior without damaging any of the surfaces? A close friend’s child recently got COVID and was in my car last week.

It’s always a good idea to disinfect, just to be safe! To start, it’s a good idea to vacuum your car first. Even though this won’t necessarily kill all the germs, it’ll make it much easier to clean if you get rid of loose debris.
Next, sanitize the major touch points. You want to avoid using something like an anti-bacterial spray or wipe, as these can damage your car’s interior. Instead, you can make your own cleaning solution.
To do this, you can mix liquid dish soap or castile soap with warm water in a one to five ratio. Soak a microfiber towel in the solution and wipe down any areas that you frequently touch, including:
  • Radio controls
  • Steering wheel
  • Door and trunk handles
  • Cupholders and other items on the center console
  • Glovebox
  • Seatbelts
  • Armrests
If you’d really like to deep clean, you can wipe down your seats or steam them. If you have leather car seats, don’t use a cleaner with ammonia or bleach as an ingredient. You also always have the option of visiting a detailer to have your car seats professionally cleaned.
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Liz Jenson
Answered on Nov 16, 2021

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