It’s often said by people that they “live in” their cars. 

Aside from children, car pool buddies and pets, drivers are taking unwanted passengers along for the ride: Germs. Studies conducted by universities and the automotive industry have exposed automobiles as some of the dirtiest environments encountered in our everyday lives.

These studies – by Ford Motor Company, the University of Michigan, University of Arizona microbiologist Dr. Chuck Gerba, and the U.K.’s Aston University in Birmingham – all came to similar conclusions, identifying pathogens such as E. coli, salmonella, campylobacter and even MRSA in samples taken from steering wheels, gear shifts, cup holders, dashboards, change holders and seats. One study turned up mold all over a child safety seat.

"According to the U.K. researchers, children and pets are at greatest risk when they ride in dirty cars. However, cars that regularly transport kids and pests were found to have the highest bacteria counts."

By revisiting how we clean and maintain the environment within our vehicles, we can help to prevent the transmission of germs, eliminate “dirty sock syndrome,” and control objectionable odors caused by the build up of mold and mildew. 

By regularly cleaning and disinfecting common mode surfaces with SD Clean to remove any dirt and grime, and then applying SD VO to kill germs, we can make our vehicles healthier and enable a safer and more enjoyable rider experience. The additional application of SD 90 or SD 90+ to key areas where odor causing mold and mildew can grow helps to enhance the overall environment in a vehicle.


SD 90 and SD 90+ can complement regular surface cleaning and disinfecting to provide a biostatic coating that can help shed liquids, facilitate easier cleaning, and control bacteria, mold, mildew and fungi that can cause surface damage, stains and odors.

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