Everyone tries their best to keep their place germ-free, but what about your car? You spend most of your time in your car, especially those who work in South Sudan. Spending time in your car means that you throw away a lot of germs, litter, etc., which requires wash days. 

Cleaning your car’s interior and exterior can be seen as an easy task but can also be a tricky one.  Here’s a helpful yet easy list of DIY cleanings which can help you clean your car without causing any damage. 

1. Clean out detritus from your car
Throw away trash from your car. Take out the extra belongings that shouldn’t be in your car to have some space. 

2. Vacuum 
Clean all surfaces using a high-powered vacuum. First, make sure to clean the dashboard, carpets, seats, roof, and trunk. Next, remove the floor mats, shake out all the dirt, and vacuum them.

3. Disinfect your car

● Automotive car wipes can easily safely remove dust and dirt but fail to kill germs. 
● Isopropyl Alcohol is also one of the ways to clean the interior of your vehicle and can easily clean imitation leather without causing any damage.

Still, It cannot be used on real leather. (see step 5)

● Soap and water can easily kill germs and is safe for fabric and leather, but it should be avoided oversaturating and rubbing it too hard. 
● The usage of bleach or hydrogen peroxide in your vehicle can be harmful. They may damage upholstery and touch screens.

4. Touchpoints
Touchpoints of the car should be sanitized to remove invisible germs. Wipe down all surfaces with a cleaning chemical and a microfiber cloth to capture dirt and bacteria. The touchpoints include:

● Steering wheel
● Handles and knobs
● Rearview mirror
● Cup holders
● Dashboard
● Seat belts
● Radio
● Glove box
● Seat adjusters
● Gear shifter
● Console
● Interior door panels
● Armrests

Avoid oversaturating the carpets and the cushions; else, It will absorb a stale smell. Instead, allow the surfaces to soak for several minutes to allow the cleaning chemical to eliminate viruses and germs.

5. Cleaning of the leather
Your leather covers might lose their natural oils due to sunlight exposure. As a result, it may fade and crack. Leather can be dried out using abrasive cleansers (isopropyl alcohol, bleach, and hydrogen peroxide) and rigorous washing.

To disinfect automobile seats, the best way is to use a microfiber cloth with soapy water, avoiding excess wetness and friction. After washing, use a leather conditioner to maintain moisture and durability.