Why you should never leave hand sanitizer in your car- Experts

Experts say you shouldn't leave hand sanitizer in your car.

Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the best way to remove any dirt and germs. We've been especially vigilant at doing this during the coronavirus pandemic, but when you're out and about grabbing essentials such as food or medication, you don't always have access to a sink.

So you might choose to take a bottle of hand sanitizer out with you in your bag or pocket.

But as RSVPLive reports, there are a few experts who warn that there's one place you really shouldn't ever leave hand sanitizer and that's in your car.

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Florida Gold Coast University Associate Professor Dr Greg Boyce told Drivetribe that this is not a good idea. This is because, warm temperatures can cause the alcohol in the sanitizer to evaporate.

Temperatures inside a vehicle such as a car can quickly become scorching, especially if it has been parked in direct sunlight.

As alcohol is the active ingredient that's killing bacteria and viruses, the product won't be able to work the way it is supposed to without it.

Warm hand sanitizer can also irritate the skin, so be cautious when applying it. And it's not just the danger to yourself you have to worry about.

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Hand sanitizer could also damage your car, if it leaks.

Ford engineers have conducted research into this and found that the ingredients in the sanitizer can cause the interior surfaces of your car to wear prematurely, which is not ideal!


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