Did you know? Your car may be filthier than your toilet. This study finds proof

You may or may not often take care of how clean the cabin of your car is but has it ever struck you that your prized possession, yes the same that you paid lakhs for, may be filthier than your toilet? What a bunch of c*ap, you say? Well, researchers at Aston University’s School of Biosciences may argue with proof to prove that the average passenger vehicles could indeed be less hygienic than the average toilet inside homes and have found traces of fecal bacteria inside the five vehicles examined by them.

Photo used for representational purpose.
Photo used for representational purpose.

The study claims to have found traces of fecal bacteria in the trunk of the vehicles that were part of the study. One of the vehicle was just two years old. But that's not all, traces were also found on the driver's seat. Overall, bacteria was found to be most prevalent in the trunk of the vehicles, followed by the driver's seat, gear shift lever, back seats and the dashboard.

But while it may not surprise many that these areas attract bacteria growth, what is rather surprising is that the steering wheel was one of the cleanest parts of the vehicles. Good job, hand sanitizers!

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While the study did have a very small sample size, it does underline the need to regularly clean and sanitize vehicles. While most people do tend to keep their toilets clean with disinfectants, car cabin is usually either ignored or just vacuumed at best. And the older a vehicle, the dirtier it potentially is. “Cars generally don't have the same heating as our homes, these are more humid and is a perfect environment for bacteria to actually survive and to thrive," says Dr Jonathan Cox, Senior Lecturer in Microbiology at Aston University.

Dr Cox suggests that apart from periodically shampooing the car interiors, one should also make use of hand sanitizers and, generally, be mindful of where bacteria growth is more likely.


First Published Date: 02 Feb 2022, 10:11 AM IST
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