How to sanitise your car

Tips on how to keep your car sanitised

Hilary Hackney

The COVID-19 disease, commonly referred to as Coronavirus, has officially become a global pandemic. This rapidly spreading virus is leaving many people asking about effective ways to sanitise the surfaces around them.


There are many surfaces in our cars (and in public forms of transport) that we can’t avoid touching. Experts recommend disinfecting all surfaces that are touched.


Here are some tips on how to keep your car sanitised:

1. Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands regularly. Washing your hands before and after you drive or ride in a vehicle can also help. This reduces the germs you bring into a vehicle, or spread around inside, and limits the risk of transmitting the virus from your vehicle to other people.  


2. Sanitise all surfaces

Experts recommend using EPA-registered disinfectants that have an microbiocidal activity against pathogens as well as using disposable gloves while cleaning. You can also use disinfecting wipes on commonly touched areas such as the steering wheel, door handles, window switches and infotainment screens. Just make sure to check the label to make sure it won't harm the surfaces.


3. Focus on common touch areas

Make sure to clean the places you touch the most.  Besides the obvious places such as a door handle, key slot or steering wheel, the most important part of the interior to keep clean is the dashboard. Other places to clean include the inside door buttons, seat belts, gears and touchscreens.  Clean these daily.


4. Leather and material surfaces

There's a chance that some of the harsher disinfectants can be harmful to leather and materials. In this case, you might want to use a milder solution of soap and water. Soap won't kill the germs, but it lowers their numbers and reduces the risk of spreading infection.


5. For Public Transportation

To prevent the spread of the disease, riders of public transportation such as taxis, buses and trains should wash their hands and practice social distancing. Carry disinfectant wipes with you and wipe down areas that you will come into contact with, such as rails, grab handles and seats. If you are unable to do this, be sure to keep your hands away from your face, use hand sanitiser, and wash your hands frequently.