The worst is spilt milk.
One of those cardboard cartons, crushed open in the boot by the sharp edge of other shopping. Dripping everywhere. Soaking into the carpet, the boot lining, right through to the NVH material underneath because you got stuck two hours in a jam.
Ew. Not just the mess, the smell. Especially in summer. You’ll never get rid of it, even if you scrub with carbolic.
And it’s not just the smell either. Mould, bacteria, nasties growing in there that could make you very ill. You wouldn’t be the first to trade in your car for it.
It’s not all that unusual either. Imagine how often it happens with delivery trucks and courtesy vans – the supermarket drop-off that delivers to your door.
A bit more difficult there. Time is money, so those vehicles are on the road all the time. And if you’ve ever poked your nose in one delivering next door, some of them really pong!
You can’t see the germs that make the smell, but your nose tells you they’re there.
But don’t forget about the others you can’t see – the ones with no smell. Like, how would you recognise norovirus, or salmonella, or campylobacter without a microscope?
OK, you might try a deodoriser – spray it up good with a pleasant smell. Not really a good idea because it just masks what’s underneath. You’re still exposed, you could still get ill.
Unless of course, you actually sterilise.
You can do that you know. Mist up your car with a germ-killing oxidiser. A bit pricey at around a tenner, but easy and effortless in an aerosol.
It’ll stop the smell and nail the bacteria too. Though you’ll have to keep doing it. It kills the germs in the air and on all the surfaces – but not the yucky stuff that impregnated deep down. Only replacing the fabric can fix that.
So what about the delivery vehicles?
It’s not good. Most of the time they just get hosed out. Which leaves damp, dark interiors – exactly what viruses and bacteria like to breed.
Though that too can be fixed by sterilising. It takes around twenty minutes for a mist-spray of hydrogen peroxide to work. Bye-bye smells and the inside is completely sterile.
Exactly the sort of thing you’d expect an upmarket supermarket to do. To their local drop-off vehicles and their hulking great pantechnicons too.
If they’re not, maybe you should insist. They already spend money making them look clean on the road – upholding the corporate image, you know.
So what’s a few pence and a couple of minutes on top. Especially when the driver’s sleeping – they’re not delivering then, are they?
And they’re already charging premium prices, so you’re pretty well paying for it.
Not to get rid of the pong either, though that helps. But to be sure there’s never any germs in anything you buy and eat.
That’s work a little extra, isn’t it?
Originally posted on 25 June 2018 @ 4:33 am