While we’ve all put some thought into disinfecting our homes and maintaining clean office spaces, it’s easy to forget that many of us spend a lot of time on the road. Here are a few car cleaning tips to help you maintain a fresher, healthier space for your daily commute.
In addition to hand sanitizer, it’s a good idea to keep a supply of facial tissues, paper towels, Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes On the Go and Clorox® Disinfecting Mist in your car, along with a small trash bag or bin.
As always, personal cleanliness is key to maintaining cleaner surfaces. Before you hit the road, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
Gas pump handles can be hotspots for germs. Hit your hands with a squirt of sanitizer before and after fueling up.
Try to keep any hard high-touch surfaces in your car fresh and clean. First, wipe with Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes or Disinfecting Wipes On the Go, using enough wipes to keep the surface visibly wet for 4 minutes. Then let dry.
Before you clean any electronic device or screen, check the manufacturer’s instructions, and use cleaners only as directed.
It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the mobile phone is the device you touch the most, and it’s probably with you at home, in the office and on the road. Read our quick how-to guide for cleaning your phone screen and case.
If your car’s seats, upholstery and floor mats are visibly dirty, first clean them per the manufacturer’s instructions. You’ll want to pay particular attention to child car seats and booster seats, which seem to be magnets for food mess and germy dirt. To sanitize, we recommend bleach-free Clorox® Disinfecting Mist. Just spray 6–8” from the fabric, leave visibly wet for 5 minutes and let air dry. Added bonus: it freshens the air. And for the occasional potty accident, see our helpful article on removing urine stains.
Parents know that bio accidents can happen at any time, and car interiors tend to see more than their fair share of urine stains. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to deal with those unexpected messes.
If you have young children, consider investing in car seat covers as a first layer of defense. In many cases, a stained cover can easily be removed and machine washed with bleach. And even if your upholstery is affected, Clorox® Urine Remover can help remove stains and break down urine to eliminate odors, and comes in a convenient spray.
Remember those tissues we told you about? Be sure to use them whenever you cough, sneeze or touch your face, and immediately toss them in the trash.
If possible, avoid using your car’s recirculated air ventilation option, especially if you have passengers. Instead, use the vents to allow outside air into the vehicle, and consider lowering windows if it’s safe to do so.