How to Clean and Disinfect Your Car

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) stated that washing our hands and cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces are the best practice measures to reduce the spreading of the coronavirus. By now, we all know the proper techniques to wash our hands and clean and disinfect our homes. But what about our cars? It’s essential you disinfect your car to not only improve the air quality when you’re driving but to also reduce the risk of spreading the virus.


Those who can are spending most of their time at home and are only leaving to get food and supplies. Each time they leave to get food or supplies they must clean and disinfect their vehicle. On the other hand, those who spend their routines behind the wheel need to do this daily to reduce risks. Especially if you take passengers, it’s important to protect your health, your family’s and those who surround you. 

Difference between cleaning and disinfecting

Cleaning means removing germs from surfaces and can be done with soap and water. Disinfecting is the action of killing germs and the virus with common household products like bleach and 70% alcohol. In order to properly sanitize high-touch surfaces in your car (such as door handles, wheel, shift lever, turn signal, armrest, mirror switches, look, stereo, etc.) yo need to first clean and then disinfect. 

What you’ll need

  • Trash bags
  • Window cleaners
  • Detergent or soap
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Water
  • Towels or microfiber cloths
  • Duster
  • Vacuum
  • Sponge
  • Bucket
  • Water hose (optional)

How to efficiently clean and disinfect your car

Start by getting rid of the trash lying around your car. Empty bottles, bags, receipts, and other trash should be thrown away. Make sure you remove things like car seats and floor mats to clean them separately. Floor mats are notoriously dirty and should be thoroughly cleaned with soap or detergent and water. Use your sponge and scrub the dirt away and rinse it with water. 


Wash your car’s exterior with your preferred soap or detergent with a sponge or cloth, making sure you cover all surface area and scrubbing vigorously. Once you’re done, rinse with water using your garden hose or bucket of water. Then use a dry microfiber cloth to dry the exterior and wipe out any water or soap residue.


Move on to your car’s interior and start by dusting the dashboard, seats, and other surfaces. Vacuums come extremely handy when removing dust and debris from your car. Clean the steering wheel, high-touch surfaces, and car seats with a mixture of soap and water and then disinfect the surfaces. You can use either homemade disinfectant solutions or disinfectant wipes, whatever you have in hand.

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