Most People Don't Realize Their Cars Are Perfect Breeding Grounds For Germs

The following is an excerpt from an ABC article dated 11/11/06. Read the full article here

Highlights from the ABC Article

"We found that cars are the moldiest of all forms of transportation," Chuck Gerba, germ expert said. He continues: "In cars, germs seem to tend to build up because people aren't really cleaning or disinfecting these areas," he said. "Our germs are traveling with us and everybody that travels in that car carries their germs and leaves them in your car...Gerba found millions of bacteria on the door handles, seat and floor of the SUV, compared to just a few hundred in Steven Farber's new BMW. Gerba even found MRSA, a staph bacteria that can cause skin infections."

The "Germiest" Areas

"The germiest areas in your car are your dashboard, your change holder and where you keep your coffee, actually," Gerba said. "The reason is ... because the air flows ... over your dashboard and so, the bacteria tend to build up on that surface." On the car seat, Gerba found hundreds of thousands of bacteria from the sample he took, plus mold all over a child safety seat.

The recommendation?

Consider wiping down some parts with a disinfectant once a week.

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