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Car Sanitization Tips

How are you? The COVID-19 outbreak has profoundly impacted each and every one of us, so we wanted to start off this post by checking in on you. From our family to yours, we hope that you are safe and healthy!

Everyday Car Sanitization Practices

Like many, you’ve been stepping up your sanitization practices both at home and while out running errands for household essentials. This might include wearing gloves or a mask, using hand sanitizer frequently, and disinfecting high-touch areas in your home. We’re glad that you’re taking the appropriate steps to keep yourself healthy, but many people are forgetting the in between – your car. 

This is often the common connection between your home and the store, and should be subject to the same sanitization practices. We’ve compiled a few car sanitization tips that are super easy to follow: 

      1. Wipe Down High-Touch Areas After Every Use
        We’ve found it helpful to keep a container of disinfectant wipes in the car so that we can give everything a quick wipe down before exiting the vehicle for the day. Key areas to focus on are the steering wheel, gear shifter, door handle, window and door lock buttons and the radio. And, don’t forget the seatbelt buckle. Once you’ve wiped down the inside, you can use the same wipe to sanitize the exterior door handle as well.
      2. Minimize Unnecessary Belongings Left In Your Car
        By minimizing the number of unnecessary items in your car, you’re limiting the amount of potential places where the virus can live. This is also an essential car cleaning tip on a non-COVID basis too. It’s easy to let items accumulate so removing them regularly will help to keep your car clean.
      3. Keep A Trash Receptacle In Your Car
        Nowadays, there are so many options for trash receptacles that are made specifically for your vehicle. You can get ones that attach the back of your seat, ones that tether to the centre console and even ones that have extra organizational features (you can find our favourite here). These handy trash bins create one central location for all garbage and make it easier to dispose of.

Car Sanitization Practices For Employers

If you’re an employer who provides your team with company vehicles, it’s likely that you’ve already addressed the need for additional sanitization. However, these unprecedented times are likely to influence the new normal of health and safety standards going forward. The Government of Ontario is working with the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA) to provide guidelines for workplaces amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve included a link below to the latest IHSA documentation on cleaning and sanitizing the vehicle interiors below:

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