How to Clean & Disinfect the Inside of Your Vehicle

How much time do you spend in your car? Most people don’t realize how much time they spend inside their cars, driving, sitting in traffic, or just waiting. Many car owners tend to forget how important it is to keep the inside of their car clean and regularly disinfected.

Now really just how important is it to maintain a regular car interior cleaning schedule and what should you be doing to clean your car? We’ll cover all of that here.

Why It’s Important to Disinfect Your Vehicle

Before we go any further, answer this question for me “How often do you clean your kitchen? Washroom? Bedroom? “

Now compare those numbers you just thought of to how often you clean the inside of your car. The point is that the inside of your car, just like the inside of your home, carries hotspots of germs and bacteria that you are exposed to every time you get behind the steering wheel. Everywhere you go, the first place you go back to is the car, and all those particles you are bringing back into the car, remain there until cleaned.

The interior of a car should be cleaned ideally once a month but at least a few times a year. We know it’s challenging to know how to approach the cleaning of your car, especially if it has been a while. That’s why we at Certified Automotive put together step-by-step instructions that you can follow to keep your car regularly clean and disinfected with the minimum amount of effort needed.

Cleaning Step-By-Step

Cleaning and disinfecting your car is easy and efficient if you follow a few simple steps. Let’s start with arguably the easiest and fastest step: removing all items from your vehicle.

  1. Remove all items. You won’t get very far cleaning and disinfecting your vehicle if you can’t even see what you’re cleaning. The first reliable step to any process of cleaning and disinfecting a vehicle is removing all items from your car since they all likely carry germs and make it difficult for you to reach your nooks and crannies.

  2. Vacuum your surfaces. Now that you can actually see what you’re cleaning and disinfecting, you can start vacuuming your car’s surfaces to sanitize them as well as clear hard-to-reach debris. Vacuuming is a great sanitization alternative to harmful chemical products and is a reliable next step to cleaning your car after you’ve emptied it of all its items.

  3. Sanitize all touchpoints. Vacuuming is a great first step toward sanitizing all the hotspots inside your car, but you’ll want to finish the job with something a bit more thorough. One of the safest products you can use to sanitize your car's interior is isopropyl alcohol containing 70 percent alcohol. Isopropyl can safely disinfect and sanitize nearly any interior area of a car and are vastly superior to other cleaning and disinfecting products such as wipes and hand sanitizers.

Products to Avoid

We recommend that our customers stick with simple cleaning products to use on their car's touchpoints. In addition to isopropyl alcohol, most car interiors respond well to being rinsed and lathered with soap. You can reliably remove germs with this simple method and ignore harmful chemicals such as bleach, hydrogen peroxide, and ammonia-based cleaning products. These materials can permanently damage your car's interior.

Book an Appointment with Certified Automotive

At Certified Automotive, we understand the value our customers place on quality auto work at affordable rates. That's why you can rest assured that when you bring your car into our auto center, our licensed technicians will clean, sanitize, and restore your vehicle to its most pristine condition possible.

Call our team today to learn more about our wide range of auto body restoration and repair services by calling us at 778-741-0151 or sending us an email at

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