If someone who is positive for COVID-19 has been in the vehicle, leave the car alone for at least 24 hours, if possible, before starting to disinfect it. Limiting the number of people you transport in your car to members of your household will help prevent the potential spread of the virus.
To disinfect your vehicle, choose any disposable wipes that are sanitizing. Please note that baby wipes will not kill the virus. The first time you disinfect your vehicle, be sure to thoroughly wipe all of the following areas of your car. Once you have cleaned it the first time, use wipes to disinfect any areas you touch every day.
Clean the following areas:
- Seat belt buttons and adjustors
- Buttons that control mirrors, lights, door locks, sunroof, and windows
- Gas cap and fuel lid
- Interior and exterior door handles
- All radio controls (buttons and touch screens – including Bluetooth devices)
- Steering wheel and all control buttons on it
- Turn signals, windshield wipers, fog lights, and four-way flashers
- Gear shift
- Trunk, hood, and gas cap release knobs
- Exterior hood release
- Exterior trunk handle
- Power seat switches
- Arm rests on all doors (both window and interior rests)
- Ignition switch and keys (or fob)
- HVAC controls and vents
- Center console
- Cup holders
- Sun glasses and case
- Leather seats
- Glove box button and handle (It would be a good idea to wipe the entire box down.)
- Side and rear view mirrors
- Garage door openers
- Any chargers you may leave in your vehicle (do not wipe the ends – only the wires themselves)
In addition, while car dealerships have strict orders in place on disinfecting your vehicle when you take it in for repairs – both before they work on it and after, it is still a good idea to disinfect your car as soon as possible after it has been serviced or repaired.
Keeping your vehicle clean is an important part of stopping the spread of COVID-19, and it only takes a few minutes each time you use your car.