How to Clean Your Car’s Seat Belts Because They Are Covered in Germs
As a responsible, safety-conscious, law-abiding driver, you fasten your seat belt every time you get behind the wheel, and even when you’re a passenger, you understand that riding without your seat belt on is a non-negotiable. But, you probably, like most drivers/passengers, don’t give much more thought to seat belts, or how gross they are.
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They may not be as germy as the floor mats beneath your feet or the car seat your kid is riding in (no offense, but kids, especially toddlers, are messy), but seat belts do harbor germs and could benefit from a thorough washing.
“Seat belts are devices integral to the safety of anyone in a car. Yours also collects sweat from your skin, coffee spills, and food stains. Unfortunately, it is easy to forget the seat belt when cleaning the rest of the car, making stains, smells, and even mold growth commonplace,” according to wikiHow.
Since these safety devices are germ-grabbers, what’s the best way to clean them? Here’s what wikiHow has to say:
First, you need to expose the entire belt, and then use a clamp to secure the belt from retracting.
Next, apply a fabric or all-purpose cleaner or a mixture of Dawn dish soap and water, which will aid in stain-removal, to each side of the belt.
Working top to bottom, use a stiff-bristled brush to gently scrub the belt. To soak up the solution and safeguard the fibers of the belt, wipe the belt with a microfiber towel, again from top to bottom.
Finally, give the belt ample time to dry, overnight or more, before removing the clamp and retracting it.
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