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Could Your Car Be Making You Sick?

By Jackson Bryant August 10, 2017 0 comments


If you’re constantly on the go, your car can feel like your second home. But your vehicle can be carrying some uninvited passengers: illness-causing bacteria. Do you know what’s riding in your car? Find out how to keep your family healthy on the road and beyond.

For busy parents, cars are full of kids and groceries, meals and snacks, toys, clothes and sporting goods. Yet within this seemingly-innocuous flurry of activity, your vehicle can also be transporting illness-causing bacteria like diarrhea-causing E.coli, Enterobacteria (feces), Serratia (vomit), and Aspergillus niger, the mold that exacerbates asthma. This article explains which areas of your car are hot spots for pathogens, and how to keep your ride safe for caravanning.

Germ Hot Spot #1:

Seats with pet hair. We all love having our best friends ride in the car but nobody ever stops to consider the germs your buddy could be bringing with him/her, dogs carry multiple types of bacteria everywhere they go!


If you intend on bringing a pet with you on a car ride, be sure to have a Car Vacuum with a pet hair extraction brush. 

Germ Hot Spot #2:

The Steering Wheel. Your steering wheel becomes a repository for anything that’s on your hands. Anytime you eat in the car, your fingers touch food and the steering wheel, directly exposing you to bacteria.


Regularly wipe off the wheel and seat area using anti-bacterial wipes or a foaming car cleanser, which can be found at local hardware stores.

Germ Hot Spot #3:

Air Conditioning Vents. When humidity is high, particularly in the summer, water accumulates in the vents. This moisture allows fungi to bloom.


Eliminate water by using a long brush with a cloth around it that can reach into the vent to clean out spores. You can also kill fungi by putting the heat on for 10 minutes and having a mechanic change your filter every year.

Germ Hot Spot #4:

In Between the Seats. Kids (and adults) can drop food in between the seats, which can burrow into your car’s cracks and crevices. This dark, enclosed area becomes the perfect environment for growing bacteria.


Keep a small cooler in the car to cut down on food debris. Additionally, clean your car once a week with a vacuum upholstery attachment to reach into the cracks and crevices.

Germ Hot Spot #5:

Car Mats. Your shoes track in an array of bacteria from the ground. These germs burrow into the fibers of the mat and can contaminate the bottom of your clothes. Anytime you drop a lipstick or some change and feel around on the mat, you risk contaminating yourself.


Get a car vacuum. We can't stress this enough! A car vacuum is the easiest & BEST way to keep bacteria out of your car. Simply take 5 minutes a week to use a Car Vacuum & keep those uninvited passengers (bacteria) out of your car!



If you're always on the go & don't have hours to spend on cleaning your car, we have the solution for you! Our Rhino 12V Car Vacuum only takes 5 minutes of your time & will always keep you prepared for any mess that needs cleaning! Use the coupon code 1RHINO15 for 15% off your next purchase! 


Here at Rhino USA, we're proud to be a family owned and operated business located in Temecula, California.  However, we're not just "any" small family business, we are a Father and 2 Sons who are avid motorcycle and powersports enthusiasts.  We designed and thoroughly field tested all of our products to make sure they are the best! 

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