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Spring is beautiful – from the warm, breezy air to the blooming trees and the pretty colors.
Unfortunately for me and my son, the enjoyment is short-lived. We both suffer from seasonal allergies and this time of year can be pretty uncomfortable. With our busy schedule, we are always driving. It’s no wonder that the car becomes one of the worst allergy triggers for the both of us. The pollen gets inside, it’s on the surface of the car and surely comes through the vents. With our spring sports in full swing, there’s not a day that goes by that we’re not outside at the sports fields.
Being on grass and sports fields makes it so that my kids are getting back in the car with their clothes and equipment COVERED in pollen.
Over the years, I’ve stuck to a few practices that has made car travel a lot easier for the both of us. It doesn’t eliminate things entirely, but I notice it cuts down on our discomfort.
Keep an Allergy Kit in Your Car
I like to keep some essentials in a tote for us. Eye drops and tissues are a must. I also keep a change of clothes for my kids for after-practice. 9 times out of 10 we’re heading somewhere else after practice. Getting the kids out of their allergen-filled clothes makes it so that less is floating around the car and on themselves. You would be surprised how much of a difference this makes. \
We also use wipes to clean hands and face and even their hairline to help eliminate the pollen exposure.
Keep It Clean
While this might seem impossible with kids – keeping your car clean on the inside and outside will help greatly. I frequent the car wash to keep the pollen off the surface of the car. I also vacuum out the car much more frequently and wipe down the surfaces every couple of days. It’s a lot of work, but when you are able to drive in comfort, it makes a big difference!
No Open Windows
While the dog is quite unhappy about this springtime rule, we do not open the windows at all. It’s just an open invitation to let a whole bunch of irritants come flying in the car.
Change Your Cabin Air Filter
With my previous rule of no open windows, we rely on the ventilation in the car to keep cool. You might think that you have to take your car in to get your cabin air filter changed. But, that’s not so. Thanks to the FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter, I learned how to do this quickly and easily. And, yes, I was able to do it by myself!
First off, why change your cabin air filter? Cabin air filters clean the air you breathe inside the car. The air inside your can even be up to 6X’s dirtier than the air outside. YIKES! So, this is important all year round, but especially during allergy season. Cabin air filters can get overlooked as part of your routine maintenance. You can do it yourself – but many people aren’t even aware that this product exists and that it needs to be changed every 12,000 miles! (Note: You should always follow recommended change intervals as noted in your vehicle owner’s manual). Now that I know, all I have to do is head to Walmart and pick up a FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter. FRAMFreshBreeze.com provides installation guides in their part lookup and make it easy to find your vehicles matching air filter. Simply find the code and look in store. As you can see, they were so well-stocked at our local Walmart! You can visit Walmart to see if your car has a cabin air filter and if so, which filter to purchase.
Why FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filters?
These filters help to filter up to 98%* of dust, dirt and allergens from entering your vehicle. *road dust and pollen particles ranging in size from 5-100 microns. In addition, the FRAM Fresh Breeze® Cabin air filter is the only cabin air filter that uses the natural deodorizing qualities of ARM & HAMMER® baking soda.
I was able to find my car’s appropriate filter and change out the air filter within 10 minutes. My air filter access is behind the glove compartment. FRAM does such a nice job providing step-by-step instructions for YOUR specific car.
I simply opened the glove compartment in my Toyota Sienna. Removed the damper hinge. Released the sides and opened the compartment for the air filter. Someone had previously installed the last, old air filter incorrectly!
Yuck! I was so glad to be replacing this and have a fresh, clean filter in place. So glad to know that I can change it often and easily for maximum benefits and better air quality.
Share with me: How do you and your family tackle seasonal allergies? Have you ever thought about changing your car’s cabin air filter – how would this benefit your family?