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How to clean your car to avoid coronavirus spread

Posted at 8:00 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 11:09:23-04

PHOENIX — The coronavirus pandemic has ensured washing your hands and disinfecting your home is top of mind. But, have you given the same amount of thought to your car?

Frank Leutz with Desert Car Care said there are ways for you to ensure your vehicle is properly cleaned.

"It is critical that any blend of cleaner not exceed 70% alcohol content," Leutz explained.

He said if the alcohol content is too high, it can cause major damage to chrome, leather, or cloth.

You should avoid chemicals like bleach, hydrogen peroxide, and ammonia-based products.

Leutz recommends using Clorox, Lysol, or Purely wipes, but he also knows those may be very difficult to find right now.

His solution is soapy water with a microfiber cloth. You just need to make sure it is something you use on a regular basis.

"Germs picked up in public places are deposited on your keys, door handles and steering wheel," Leutz pointed out.

He also suggested using the recirculation mode on your vehicle and changing out your cabin air filter to protect yourself from bacteria, pollen, and mold.

If you rely on public transportation or grabbing an Uber/Lyft to get around, Leutz said keep a face mask on and use gloves.

He also advises that you ask the driver to open up doors and windows for you to minimize any contact.

Another piece of advice: sit directly behind the driver. Leutz said it can reduce exposure.

Of course, he also advises remembering social distancing while on the bus.