You’ve got your podcasts downloaded, your suitcases packed, and a car full of your favorite snacks. What could crush your road trip spirit? Well, nothing can ruin a vacation quite like a stomach bug. And between public restrooms, motel beds, and the close quarters of your vehicle, you and your family could bring thousands of unwelcome germs along for the ride. Keep reading to learn how to keep your car clean on a road trip so you can stay healthy and enjoy your time away.
How to Keep Your Car Clean on a Road Trip
Start with Your Hands
The best way to keep a clean car is to prevent germs from entering in the first place. According to researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder, we carry about 150 different species of bacteria on one hand. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says to keep your hands clean by scrubbing with soap and water for 20 seconds. As an added layer of protection, follow up with alcohol-free hand sanitizer. You should also use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. In addition, pay special attention to your children’s hands. Who knows what they could have touched while they were busy exploring at a rest stop!
Start with a Clean Car
Whether you’re driving down the coast of Iceland or exploring Montana, keep in mind that a rental car can carry uncommon overseas diseases. Your immune system might not be accustomed to the foreign germs and bacteria that you encounter in a rental car.
One quick way to sanitize a rental car on the go is to use a product like the SafeSpace Auto Germ & Odor Eliminator, which releases a fine mist that contains a contact disinfectant approved by the EPA. It kills germs, bacteria, and other infectious agents, and it also leaves the interior of the car smelling fresh.
After parking and removing all people and pets from the vehicle, sit in the driver’s seat and prop open the door. Shake the can well, and then disinfect the rental car’s ventilation system by spraying the product directly into each vent for one to two seconds. This will prevent germs from spreading into the air from the vents. Next, spray it on the the door handles, steering wheel, console, drink holders, and door mats for three to five seconds each. Finally, exit the vehicle and shut the doors, allowing the product to permeate for 15 – 20 minutes before reentering.
If you are taking your own car for your expedition, you’ll still want to make sure it is clean before your trip. Vacuum all of the dirt, pollen, and leftover snack crumbs out of your car. Then, wipe down the surfaces with a disinfectant wipe and finish it off with the SafeSpace Auto Germ & Odor Eliminator.
Throw Trash Away Frequently
Greasy fast food wrappers, empty water bottles, and dirty napkins can seem to accumulate and multiply out of nowhere. When you pack for your road trip, bring some plastic bags for storing trash. At every stop, ask your family to clean their area of the car by throwing away their trash and wiping down the surfaces around them. This works much better than waiting until the end of the day when everyone is ready to pile into the hotel room and retire for the night. Keep in mind that stale, sticky trash can harbor bacteria and release it into the air (source).
Now that you know how to keep your car clean on a road trip, stock up on the essentials with the SafeSpace Germ Fighter Kit. You’ll get everything you need to stay healthy on your next trip: hand sanitizers, disinfecting and deodorizing mists for your rental car, and disinfectant foggers for your hotel room. Plus, the alcohol-free hand sanitizer is available in a travel-friendly size.
The SafeSpace Company is a family-owned small business proudly selling American-made germ foggers, auto germ and odor eliminators, and alcohol-free hand sanitizers to keep your family safe and healthy. For more information, contact us online or call us toll-free at 1-800-735-2506.