The weekend forecast is perfect to spend some time outside, maybe washing your car, and not just the exterior with a quick drive thru car wash. When was the last time you gave the interior a good clean, we mean a really good cleaning? This may convince you.
A study shows the average vehicle has about 283 different types of bacteria inside of it — in every square inch. The gear shift has 356 germs per square centimeter.
Cars where children and pets frequently ride not only have the highest amount of bacteria, but also the greatest range of types of bacteria. Cars with higher mileage had more bacteria and worse fungal air quality, something that is aggravated in the extreme temperatures of winter and summer. When the air conditioner or heater are switched on, the number of airborne bacteria and fungi significantly increase, especially in older vehicles that are less likely to have air filters.
Some Fast Facts:
- We spend, on average, about three years of our life in our cars.
- 25 percent eat in their cars at least once a week.
- 25 percent admit their car is littered with food wrappers and empty drink bottles and cans.
- 16 percent confessed they typically leave uneaten food inside the vehicle instead of throwing it in the trash.
- 50 percent agreed they would never let their home get as dirty as their car.
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