It is hard to imagine life without our car. They are our lifeline when it comes to everything from weekend trips to after school activities – our cars have seen it all.
According to a Harvard Wealth Watch study done in America, the average American spends close to 101 minutes per day in their car. For us in South Africa – that may be a ton more given traffic and the recent power outages but nonetheless – that is a fair amount of time one can spend in their car.
The problem is that keeping your car clean isn’t that simple. It can in-fact be one of the germiest places.
We’ve run the statistics and have narrowed down the Top 5 Dirtiest Places within your car that often miss the wipe down, and how to keep them clean.
Your steering wheel and gear shift
Believe it or not, your steering wheel and gear shift may be even dirtier than your wheel wells or undercarriage. The steering wheel and gearshift have been said to have more germs per centimetre than any other place in your car. Luckily, saved by a quick wipe down with a disinfectant wipe – you can be germ free! Maybe keep a box handy in the car too.
With all the rain, dust and dirt that collects on the outside of our windows – sticky little fingers leave oils on the inside. To get rid of pesky streaks and dirt on the outside – try pouring fizzy cola down your windshield. TIP: Cover your hood with a towel to protect the paint and wash thoroughly afterwards. Baby wipes are also excellent side and rear window cleaners.
Ever had that smeared dirt look? If your wipers are dirty they can leave dirt streaks on your windshield thus hindering your vision. A solution of ¼ cup of household ammonia and about 1 litre of water. Soak a rag in the solution and rub over both sides of the wiper blades, dry with a different and clean rag before putting them back in place.
Under the carpets
Sorry, but running a vacuum just won’t cut it. Most of the grit finds a way under the surface carpets. You need to remove the pads and ensure that you vacuum thoroughly. For a deeper clean, try beating the surface carpets or have the car professionally cleaned.
Much like the steering wheel and gear shift, dirty hands find their way to your handles too. These can also be disinfected with routine baby wipe cleans.
We all know that our busy lives involve us keeping all aspects of our personal and work lives organised and that cleaning your car is probably the last thing on our mind. But don’t give up! If you are also thinking about selling your car in the future or handing it over to someone else within the family, it’s important to make sure it’ll last. Incorporate this 10 minute weekly cleanse in your chores and you are on your way!
Adapted from Zerorez Puget Sound, 2019/02/15