Automotive service and repair technicians need to make sure that the area of a vehicle that they’re preparing to work on is clean before getting started.

According to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), products such as Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (bleach-free, unscented) can kill viruses. They have also been shown in tests to have a low impact on interior surfaces and coatings found in vehicles. Keep in mind that, when working on certain components — including electrical items or touchscreen displays — be sure to remove any excess liquid before wiping.


Do not use wipes that are scented or contain bleach, as they could harm a vehicle’s interior surfaces. In addition, avoid using any wipes or cleaners that show color transfer to the wipe or cause a change in appearance on a surface when tested in an inconspicuous location.

For general cleaning of vehicle interiors, General Motors recommends following the instructions in the Owners’ Manuals, which suggest the use of mild soap and water for most surfaces. For tips on cleaning fabrics, carpets, plastics, leather and other materials, refer to Service Information (SI) bulletin #06-00-89-029Q.