The average US citizen spends approximately 3 hours per day in their car. That’s 3 hours of being trapped in a box that is full of toxins and foul odors. Even if you don’t smell foul odors that does not mean there aren’t toxins and bacteria floating around.
A new study from Aston University has shown that a messy car presents an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and molds such as Bacillus Cereus and Staphylococcus, which can put the users of the vehicle at risk.
Spilled liquid and food crumbs in seat seams and on carpets provide an ideal environment for harmful bacteria that can cause skin infections, food poisoning, severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. When people fall ill with such symptoms, the car is typically not considered as a source of infection.
Dr. Anthony Hilton, member of the Society for Applied Microbiology and a microbiologist at Aston University said that “Although many strains of bacteria are harmless, some can cause unpleasant illnesses.”