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How Germy Is Your Car?

I like to think of my car as a continuation of my home, my private sanctuary on wheels. Now I know there are germs in my home, I have two little germ factories children running around my house. For some reason though, I thought my car would be germ free. Not true, in fact, moms have the germiest vehicles around.
You would think the steering wheel would harbor the most bacteria, since your hands are on it all the time. But the dashboard is one of the leading "hot" spots. Not only is it the warmest place in the car, air vents draw bacteria via the air circulation system. Food and beverages spill and stains may look harmless but they are a haven for bacteria.

Single men have the cleanest cars, while married folks and moms have the "hottest" cars, geography does play a part. Cars in hot humid climates like Florida are likely to contain 10 times as much bacteria as cars in dry areas like Arizona.

Regardless of your geographic location or marriage status, keep some antibacterial wipes in your glove box to clean up your spills. As a mom, I must say baby wipes are great for dusting the dash.


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a-gentle-rain a-gentle-rain 10 years
wasckdoodle, I read it as Germany too. "VERY Germany" :rotfl:
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
My car stays spotless.
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
My expedition is always spotless, but that concerns me about Florida containing 10 times more bacteria than dryer places!! Those anti~bacterial wipes....are they okay for leather? I'm the type of person who lysol's all my doorknobs and wiping down counters like a mad that statistic really got my attention!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 10 years
Everytime I pass this article I keep seeing "How Germany is your car?" And I think well it's very Germany it's a VW New Beetle. Then I read it...yuck. Luckily, just like Fabsugar my car sits 95% or more unused (it's for long distance trips and IKEA visits). She's just over five years old and has just barely 40,000 miles on it. I don't eat in it. I have it detailed. Only problem a pigeon got in my garage and poo on it. Now I know that's filthy.
allhailtoyin allhailtoyin 10 years
It makes sense. I never eat in my car but I actually share it so it's ALWAYS dirty when I get it. I do my best by I can not be sure of how well I do. Dirt is ground in. I don't know who has be in the car... I think I'm better off walking.
Fashion Fashion 10 years
What about a fashionista with a cute Frenchie who only drives her car once a week? (It happily sits in the garage the other 95% of the time). xo
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