Updated: Nov 14, 2021
This month British Columbia has seen a dangerous uptick in COVID cases. While physical distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands, and testing are crucial in combating this epidemic, there must be more we can do to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
As we brace ourselves for the second wave and upcoming flu season, we need to stay vigilant about sanitization to help prevent the spread of COVID… and we're not just talking about your hands. It’s something we use every day, that’s right, car sanitization.
Why is Car Sanitation Important for You & Your Vehicle?
Our cars are the last point of contact with the outside world before we retreat home for the day. For many of us, door handles are our last touched surface, think of all the germs that could be hiding in there! Make sure you’re sanitizing your car interior thoroughly so that you don’t bring those germs inside your house.
There are so many high-touch areas in the interior surfaces of our cars that are often overlooked while cleaning. In order to properly clean and disinfect, be sure to get into every nook and cranny.
Don’t know where to start when it comes to sanitizing your car interior? That’s why we’re here. Car interiors are often made of sensitive materials, such as leather, so it is important to do your research beforehand so that you don’t end up damaging your car.
Things to Avoid While Disinfecting Your Car
The sanitization products we use in our home, may not be safe for your car. Before you go and spray cleaner all over your car, make sure you check what it is made out of. The last thing you want to do is spray bleach all over your black fabric seats.
Avoid harsh chemical cleaners that contain bleach, hydrogen peroxide, and benzene thinners. These abrasive cleaners are far too harsh for the interior of your car and will damage the upholstery.
If your interior is made of leather or vegan leather, you’ll also want to avoid cleaners that contain alcohol. Cleaning with alcohol will destroy your leather interior, and cause damage and discolouration. Instead, look for a cleaner, that is specially formulated for leather.
You’ll also want to avoid using harsh brushes or sponges while cleaning the interior of your car. Harsh bristles and materials will leave behind scratches, instead use a soft microfibre cloth for a gentler clean.
Handy Car Sanitization Gadgets
UV-C lamps, also known as germicidal lamps, have been used and proven to disinfect for centuries. It is even used in hospitals to kill bacteria, viruses, mold, and other pathogens.
This portable UVC sterilizer is 8.6cm in length and fits perfectly into your purse or glove box.
This handheld device allows you to easily sanitize your personal items, as well as the interior of your car. Run it over your seats, steering wheel, and handle to kill bacteria and germs.
2. CARhandGEL Vehicle Hand Sanitizer Dispenser $45 via