Updated 22 January 2014

Just how dirty is your car inside?

You clean your house regularly, but when last did you really clean the inside of your car?

We spend our lives trying to protect ourselves from germs. We clean the kitchen and bathroom on a regular basis, wash our hands before we eat and avoid touching dirty things.

The average vehicle has approximately 283 different types of bacteria in every square centimetre, according to a study from the Aston University in Birmingham. The study was led by Anthony Hilton, the university’s director of Biology and Biomedical Science.

  • Use disinfectant wipes to clean the interior of your car on a daily basis. Make sure that the dashboard, gearstick, cup holder and steering wheel get special attention. Keep these wipes in your car so that you have access to them when spills occur.
  • It may not look pretty, but a good idea is to tie a trash bag to the back seat of your car. Whenever you feel the need to throw an empty bottle, till slip or any other rubbish onto the floor, simply reach behind you and place it in the bag instead.
  • If a trash bag is not the way you want to go, another idea could be to have a container of sorts under your seat which you use for the same purposes.
  • When you fill up with petrol, take a few minutes to look around you and throw any rubbish in the car in the bin.
  • Avoid eating in your car. If it is a must, vacuum your car to ensure that you get rid of all the crumbs you could have messed – even the most careful people are not immune to massing crumbs.
  • Shampoo your carpets and seats on a regular basis. If you are not the type of person who likes to get on your hands and knees, the neighbour’s son might be happy to do it for you for some extra pocket money.
  • Create a strict rule: if you take it into the car, you take it out.
  •  And last but not least, remember that your car has to be treated like an extension of your home and let’s face it, no one likes a dirty house!




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