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What’s the inside of your car like? Gleaming? Or grubby? Do you find a used tissue or two under the driver’s seat when you clean your pride and joy, or maybe a half-eaten takeaway meal that you’d forgotten to take to the bin when you got home late the other night? Do you, in fact, even clean your car?

Well, if you don’t, you’re not alone – a survey of 3230 car owners by UK-based EOT Cleaning Services found tissues and takeaways ranked first and second on the list of rubbish most commonly left in people’s cars. But that’s not the worst of it: at No.3 was pee bottles, while a disturbingly high percentage of motorists also admitted finding used condoms – 10.3 per cent – and sanitary items – 7.9 per cent – in their cars. The top five items of rubbish left in our cars are: 

  • Old tissues, 39.1 per cent

  • Old takeaways, 38.6 per cent

  • Pee bottles, 32.2 per cent

  • Receipts, 29.5 per cent

  • Chocolate wrappers, 27.4 per cent

The sixth most commonly found item, incidentally, is money. Perhaps if it was higher up the list we might be tempted to go treasure-hunting more often. Thankfully, though, children, pets and elderly relatives were absent from the list – or at least no survey respondents admitted they’d forgotten to bring Granny inside after Sunday’s trip to the beach.

Of course, these items can only be reclaimed once we actually get around to cleaning our cars – something one in three owners of red cars confessed they never did anyway. Those car owners least likely to clean their vehicles, based on car colour, are:

  • Red cars, 33.5 per cent

  • Black cars, 23.7 per cent

  • Grey cars, 18 per cent

  • Blue cars, 9 per cent

  • Green cars, 6.2 per cent

At the other end of the scale, most car owners – 41.7 per cent – clean their vehicles every six months, while a respectable 24.7 per cent tick off the task every two or three months. And for the record, the cleanest cars are yellow – only 0.6 per cent of owners said they never cleaned them. Colour us impressed!


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