The best way, of course, to protect yourself from the spread of the coronavirus is to do it the old fashioned way.
But if you’re looking for your essentials, you probably don’t have access to soap and water, and you’re more likely to rely on hand sanitizer.
Quick and easy to use, especially when you’re on the go, we all have one or two bottles kicking in our bags or pockets, especially right now.
But as RSVPLive reports, there are some experts who warn that there is a place where you really should never leave hand sanitizer – and it is in your car.
Professor Greg Boyce, associate professor at Florida Gold Coast University, told Drivetribe that it was certainly not a good idea.
Hot temperatures can evaporate the alcohol in the disinfectant, which means it becomes useless.
Temperatures inside a vehicle like a car can quickly get hot, especially if it has been parked in direct sunlight.
Since alcohol is the active ingredient that kills bacteria and viruses, the product will not work as it should without it.
A warm hand sanitizer can also irritate the skin, so be careful when applying it.
And it’s not just the danger for you that you need to worry about.
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The hand sanitizer could also damage your car if it leaks.
Ford engineers have researched this and have found that the ingredients in the disinfectant can cause premature wear and tear on the interior surfaces of your car, which is not ideal.