Model 3

Sterilizing a Model 3

edited November -1 in Model 3
Both my wife and I presumably have Covid-19 and seem to be on the mend. Contrary to what many believe, the virus is NOT mild -- unless one considers a fever of 103, vomiting, etc "mild" We have had to use our Model 3 while sick so I was wondering if anyone has experience with cleaning materials that kill viruses for the interior of the Model 3?

Be safe, Be healthy, Practice social distancing!
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  • edited November -1
    Glad to hear you're on the good side of the curve. A cleaning spray or solution with at least 65% alcohol content will kill it.
  • edited March 23
    My vet refuses to sterilize my M3...
  • edited March 23
    I'd expect just letting the car sit unused for a couple of days would also kill it off. From what I've read, it's not long-lived on non-human surfaces.
  • edited November -1
    You can clean all of the surfaces with alcohol but the best solution is time.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200320192755.htm

    The virus can only survive for a few days on surfaces. I've seen different numbers, but I'd keep other people out of your car for a couple of weeks.
  • edited November -1
    Very happy to hear you have come thru it. Alcohol seems hard to come by. I have been able to buy bathroom cleaner with Clorox bleach. Clean washcloth spray liberally and then I wipe surfaces down. Doing this at home, at the office and the car. Any potential damage is outweighed by protecting my family and others.
  • edited March 23
    If you were not tested you don't know.
  • edited March 23
    yep i'd let it sit for days, then go in and wipe it down.
  • edited March 23
    howard | March 23, 2020
    Very happy to hear you have come thru it. Alcohol seems hard to come by. I have been able to buy bathroom cleaner with Clorox bleach.

    Be VERY careful wiping bleach and other chemicals on anything and always test small areas for effects. You do NOT want to ruin your cars interior.
  • edited March 23
    @Joshan +10000
  • edited November -1
    Buy an ozone machine online. Turn it on for 1 hr and let the ozone sit overnight then air it out. Try not to breathe any of it
  • edited March 23
    Some air filters have a sanitizer setting, which is just an ozone generator. Can plug an inverter into your cars 12V socket and run it for an hour or so as @adoh2010 suggested.
  • edited March 23
    I agree with TeslaTap and Andy. the sources i am reading say the virus dies after 72 hours on hard/plastic/vinyl surfaces. AND, if you can assume neither you or wife are still shedding COVID-19 you could just continue using the car every day. Just dont let anyone else inside until you are confident COVID-19 has died off. Of course, i realize that today you might get hands reinfected with COVID-19 just by gripping the steering wheel. this is where glove come in handy. You might use plastic gloves while in the car the next few days and just remove them when you get out so your hands stay ok. I have gotten used to carrying gloves in the car so i can use the gloves at public chargers.
  • edited November -1
    "Both my wife and I presumably have Covid-19.."

    Dude! Get tested. You need to know. If you act like you had it and it was something else and you weak from something else, dangerous. Plus trackers need to know in order to stop it. Report and get tested.

    As for how long until you are save, how to clean etc. Stick to the CDC and other reliable sources. All the info you need is here. If you think you had follow the CDC rules on going back out in public.

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
  • edited March 23
    For people who don’t touch their face and do wash their hands, how are gloves helping anything? If there’s a shortage in hospitals, maybe don’t obsess.
  • edited March 23
    Friend in New Orleans who is very sick could not get tested because her fever hadn’t hit the 104F threshold.
  • edited March 23
    Now to inter nitpicking

    It's disinfect. Sterilizing the car would require a really big autoclave and not sure the car would survive.
  • edited March 23
    Love people who say "get tested" also.... uhhh YOU CANT!! They won't test anyone, I know multiple people with all the symptoms including my son and they refuse to test him and say to just self quarantine.
  • edited November -1
    The safest approach is to wait about 5 days and the virus will not be viable. Do make sure the AC has been running on heat to fully dry out the AC unit. A nice wipe down with a Tesla recommended cleaning solution is good too if you have been sneezing. That will get the yucky spots off the display and windows. Plenty of good microfibers and products out there.
  • edited March 23
    Can anyone explain why cruise ship passengers quarantined at Travis AFB are being allowed to refuse testing and then "released" into the general population?
  • edited March 23
    UV sterilization is not good for the plastics. E-beam and nuclear radiation sources are not good for the electronics. Time is best in this case.
  • edited March 23
    Friend in New Orleans who is very sick could not get tested because her fever hadn’t hit the 104F threshold."

    Lack testing was Trump's biggest blunder stemming from his denial of the problem. That Trump is trying to make the Trump Flu the Chinese Flu when we need all our medical supply logistics pipeline from China is part of the madness at the top. Korea can also help.

    CDC hopes US test kits will START producing in WEEKS.

    "Trump Resists Pressure to Use Wartime Law to Mobilize Industry in Virus Response"https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/us/politics/trump-coronavirus-supplies.html

    "U.S. intelligence reports from January and February warned about a likely pandemic"
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/us-intelligence-reports-from-january-and-february-warned-about-a-likely-pandemic/2020/03/20/299d8cda-6ad5-11ea-b5f1-a5a804158597_story.html
  • edited March 23
    my personal experience with my son is a falsehood and the media is a better source? OK than...
  • edited November -1
    you obviously have zero idea what you are talking about M8B, but not the first time and it wont be the last

    I am speaking from real world experience right now, not a BS news story.

    My son has a 104 temp and has every sympton of covid they refused to test him. His wife is 8 months pregnant. She made the mistake of admitting the situation to her doctor. The response?.... The told her she os no longer allow to come in for baby doc visits until he is tested but he CANT GET TESTED.

    So now they have a 8 month old baby who cannot get care. But hey your link says all is good, so obviously I am lying.
  • edited March 23
    8 month old fetus I should say
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