Tips & Tricks For Cleaning Your Car's Steering Wheel

Maintaining a car takes a lot of effort, especially when you use it regularly. From tire changes to replacing shocks and struts, setting up a good maintenance routine is necessary to make sure you avoid accidents and get more years out of your vehicle. However, one part of the car that we don't usually give the same care and attention to is the steering wheel.

Because it's one of your car's primary touchpoints as a driver, your steering wheel's health is an important component of your overall driving experience. If it's slippery from the oil build-up, it can be difficult to get the proper grip. If the steering wheel is experiencing peeling, the particles might get blown into your eye while driving. It can also harbor bacteria that can cause health issues. Despite being located inside the car, steering wheels are consistently exposed to bacteria from your hands.

With driverless cars beginning to ditch steering wheels altogether, they might not always be so important. But for now, they're still crucial, and we've got plenty of easy tips and tricks you can follow to keep your steering wheel clean.

Keep your hands clean

Before you even think about cleaning your steering wheel, the first thing you should look at is your hands. Even on an ordinary day, your fingers can have everything on them from oil to dirt and lotions. Although these little particles may not cause trouble right away, they can add up and wear out your steering wheel's appearance.

We all know that eating and drinking inside your car during road trips is inevitable, but ditching the super oily takeout food can prevent unnecessary damage to your steering wheel (and your arteries). Crumbs and food particles can also be lodged in the crevices or your steering wheel cover. If possible, wash your hands with soap and water after eating anything particularly greasy. Alternatively, you can keep hand-cleaning materials inside your vehicle.

Although alarms have been rung regarding the dangers of leaving alcohol-based hand sanitizer in cars, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) claims that — despite being a fire hazard — it's unlikely to cause any trouble unless you have a lot of bottles in your car or they come in contact with a direct flame. However, it's probably a good idea to keep yours inside the glove compartment or away from direct sunlight just in case.