Don't let your car become a germ taxi!

Cleanliness and basic hygiene have been making headlines in recent weeks more than ever before! Washing hands, sanitizing surfaces, and how to discard used tissues are even demonstrated by the President on national tv - all in the hope of reducing the spread of Coronavirus. But these basic principles should in fact be part of our standard way of everyday life, whether we face a pandemic or not, to reduce the spread of any virus or bacteria.


With schools reopening and many of us using our cars for the first time in a while, let’s look at some important car hygiene facts and tips on how to keep your car as clean and tidy as possible.


FACT: Your car is a potential germ taxi!


Day to day, you and all your passengers are in contact with several other people between car rides. If you consider that germs can remain on surfaces for a number of hours, it is unavoidable that some of these nasties will make their way into your car, and who knows where else! Where kids are involved, a mess is usually not far behind. No matter how neat and tidy you try to be, that spilled drink, dirty school bags and sports gear, and sticky fingers are part of the package, not to mention strange smells and odors!


Soccermom Car Hygiene Protocol


At Soccermom, the cleanliness and hygiene of our drivers' cars are closely behind the safety of our passengers. In fact, we strongly believe a neat and tidy car contributes to a safe journey, and apart from our standard requirements in terms of car specifications, we have added the following COVID-19 car hygiene protocols to ensure all cars are clean and safe for our passengers:

  • Cars to be sanitized after each ride. This includes wiping down all surfaces and spraying the seats with an alcohol-based sanitizer.

  • Sanitizer in all cars, to assist the kids to clean their hands prior to entering the vehicles.

  • Face masks are compulsory for drivers and passengers.




As a parent, maintaining good car hygiene makes sense too, and will protect the whole family from bacteria and infections.


Germ hotspots to focus on in your car


Everywhere hands touch regularly such as the

  • Steering wheel

  • Gear lever

  • Lights and wiper controls at the sides of the steering wheel

  • Window buttons and door handles

Less obvious places

  • Visors

  • Overhead handles

  • Levers: petrol, bonnet and car seat adjusting

  • Radio and Climate Console

  • Safety belt - all of it, not just the clip


The collection culprits

  • Cubby hole

  • Centre console

  • Cup holders


Now that you know which areas to focus on, let’s take a look at how you can keep your car hygienic and clean.


Top Tips for maintaining good car hygiene

  1. If you eat in your car, be sure to dispose of wrappers, cans and packaging as soon as you finish eating, rather than leaving things overnight.

  2. Get rid of the trash: it’s a good idea to keep a disposal bag for trash and clean it out as often as possible.

  3. Declutter daily: get into a habit of removing everything you don’t need from your car when you stop at home every day, including those items hiding under seats and in the boot.

  4. Keep a dust cloth in your car and wipe surfaces and openings whenever you can. This reduces the cumulation of dust in hard-to-reach areas, making less work for later.

  5. Wash your car once a week, either by doing it yourself (and saving a bit of money that way) or by getting it cleaned professionally. Wash and go might be a quick option, but not having your car cleaned inside won’t help much in keeping it hygienic.

  6. Vacuum often: invest in a portable vacuum cleaner to get rid of dust and other particles on the upholstery and carpets. Aim to get this done at least once a week. Hint: don’t miss our giveaway, more info at the end of the article!

  7. Look after the leather: always vacuum the leather upholstery first before using a good quality leather cleaner to wipe it down. This will not only keep the leather in a good condition, but also removes bacteria.

  8. Take care when disinfecting. Always ensure the disinfectant you plan to use is safe and won’t damage the surfaces. It’s better to spray the disinfectant on a cloth then wipe the surfaces, instead of spraying it directly onto the surface.

  9. Deep clean twice a year: Have your car deep-cleaned professionally at least every six months. This includes having the upholstery dry-cleaned and carpets washed thoroughly.

  10. Set the example: teach your kids to maintain a good car-cleansing routine too. Not only will it make your task lighter, but it sets them up for being hygienic passengers in other cars, including their own in the future.


Don’t wait until it’s an unbearable mess! By getting into a routine of maintaining good car hygiene, you firstly reduce you and your passengers' risk of falling ill or getting infected. Additionally, a well-maintained car is a pleasure to use and be inside, and it will pay back when you decide to replace it in the future as nobody buys a dirty second-hand car.


Giveaway

Soccermom is all about safety and convenience! This month we have a great giveaway to one lucky subscriber: how does a portable car vacuum sound to help you keep your car clean on the go?

Follow the instructions below to enter the lucky draw, and you could win a handy Xtreme Living - 12V Vacuum Cleaner: It's easy to use in your car, fitting into the lighter socket for portable power, so no extensions needed. Complete with various adaptors, flexible vacuum hose and nozzle attachments it makes car cleaning a breeze!


How to enter:

  1. Follow us on Instagram: SoccermomRSA

  2. Look out for and LIKE the Giveaway announcement

  3. Tag that one friend in the IG post comment that will love to win too

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