The interior of our vehicles are often overlooked. During flu season, spring cleaning, and deep cleaning our homes we forget about the importance of cleaning the interior of our vehicles.
Now more than ever I really would like to pull your attention to your vehicles because most of us spend a lot of time in them.
OUR CARS HOUSE APPROXIMATELY 629 CFU
(COLONY FORMING UNITS PER SQ CENTIMETER)
Let me put that into perspective for you
As per a study done by the National Center for Biotechnology Information they measured different places in our vehicles in comparison to a few other objects and here were their findings
Steering Wheels alone- Found to have 629 CFU per Sq Centimeter
In Comparison a Cell phone houses 100 CFU per Sq Centimeter
Elevator buttons are at 313 CFU per Sq Centimeter
Public Toilet Seats are at 172 CFU per Sq Centimeter
It is so easy to forget that when we go into food stores, gas stations, or anywhere else that the germs we pick up in 5 seconds get transported back into our vehicles.
When we pick our kids up from school, they are touching the door handles, seat belts, their car seats and more.
Whether in the heat and baking in the sun or in the winter with no ventilation our vehicles become a breeding ground for bacteria.
I can NOT express enough the importance of vacuuming and cleaning your cars interiors especially during the flu season. However should be done weekly.
The number one bacteria found in vehicles is Staphylococcus Bacteria (Staph Infection) and Propionibacterium (Cause of bacterial infections)
There was a survey that was conducted of 1,000 drivers questioning how often they get their interiors details?
A shocking 32% ONLY 320 out of 1,000 got their interiors detailed once a year.
Your vehicles interior should be deep cleaned at MINIMUM twice a year with regular wipe down and maintenance in between.
Here are the main places germs hide in your car. Steering wheel, gear shifts, seat belts, door handles, dashboard, foot pedals, children's car seats.
Tips in helping your car stay germ free
Always remove garbage, wrappers, soda cans, coffee cups out of your vehicle
If coffee, juice or soda is spilt in the car wipe up immediately and spray with an all purpose cleaner
Have a container of Lysol wipes in your car. These are safe for your steering wheels, gear shifts, dash boards
( Gear Shifts, Dash Boards, Steering Wheels, Pedals, Door Handles house the most germs)
If you eat in your car remove crumbs, and debris from your food do not let it sit in your car
(Left food particles grow a plethora of bacteria)
Have a cup for all your loose change
(Money holds a lot of germs)
If you have a garbage bag in your car be sure to empty it often
Car Seats house a lot of germs and bacteria whether on the seat itself or under the seat.
Be sure to wipe down often