It’s true.  Your car actually has a simple filter right there behind the glove box that filters the air coming into your car. Like all filters doing its job, this filter needs to be changed periodically. It takes only a few minutes — almost seconds to pull it out and replace it with a new one. When I pulled out our original factory-installed cabin air filter, I saw that our car was allergy-generating central. Here’s a picture of what mine looked like when I pulled it out… airfilter292 airfilter291 Here you can see leaves, feathers, and dandelion seeds that the filter was able to trap before it got into the car. I shudder to think about what else is in this filter that I might see if I looked with a magnifying glass. What happens if you don’t change the cabin air filter? The filter keeps getting dirtier and the air entering your vent system could become restricted, causing your air conditioning or your defrost system to not work as efficiently as it should. So for as little as $15 you can have a brand new cabin air filter. How often should you change this filter? Usually about every 15,000 miles. If you still have the factory-installed version in your car, you might want to replace it right now.  That’s because the filter that came installed in your car is simply a standard filter — the FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter includes carbon and ARM&HAMMER® baking soda to help absorb odors as they enter your car. You can find the right air filter for your car by using this handy chart. There are easy to follow installation instructions online — but let me show you how simple it is to replace your car’s cabin air filter. airfilter286 airfilter293         airfilter287 airfilter288 airfilter289   FRAM Fresh Breeze cabin air filters may be purchased online at or at your local Walmart, O’Reilly Auto Parts, or Meijer.  To download a $3 off rebate, click here. Visit FRAM® on Facebook and Twitter for more information!

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  1. I try to dust/vacuum and mop as much as possible. I also use allergy free sheets on the beds and wash them in hot water often.

  2. Luckily there are no allergy sufferers in my family. I didn’t know about changing my car filter. I watched the video for my car and I have to remove the glove box to do it.
    Thanks for the contest.

  3. Lots of extra cleaning especially during the days when I can have the windows open. Don’t forgot those spots like the tops of mirrors and picture frames, doorways and the tops of ceiling fan blades. I’m always surprised at how much dust has accumulated.

  4. Keeping our windows closed during high pollen days is a big help with our allergies.
    thank you

  5. I hadn’t even thought about this. It’s important for everyone’s health because in CA you are always in your car. To help reduce allergies I clean and dust, have hardwood floors.
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  6. I guess I don’t really have any ideas for reducing allergies for my family, except to close the windows on high pollen days. 🙂 Thankfully, no one really suffers from allergies except on days like that 🙂

  7. We have an air purifier because our allergies are so bad and….are you kidding me? We have one of those filters in our car? Who knew?

  8. I think you need to have a spotless house and have absolutely no dust. It makes all the difference in our house!

  9. The best things that i do to help reduce my families allergies is to stay on top on the house work and to keep the house dust free. I also try to keep the windows and doors shut when there is a lot of pollen outside.

  10. To reduce our family’s allergies, I use HEPA filters in our home-I was not aware of the filters for our cars!

  11. I have asthma and a lot of things bother my breathing, so some things I stay away from, like dust and pollen, etc. I would love to try the FRAM Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filters in my car. It’s surprising how dirty our outside air is. Thanks for having this contest.

  12. Aside from just keeping the house and car cleaned out (often), we take a Nettle herbal supplement that drastically reduced the family’s seasonal allergies.

  13. I have bad allergies so it is important to keep the air clean in my car and then I have a brand new baby that needs to breath fresh clean air

  14. My family is full of allergy sufferers. We keep air purifiers going at all times to keep pollen in the air low.

  15. We vacuum obsessively around here. We also keep our filters changed regularly. Anything to keep these crazy allergies at bay!

  16. my husband has allergies I try to keep the car free of pollen, I have an air filter for the family room and we keep outdoor shoes by the door so we do not bring pollen from our shoes into the house.

  17. i don’t have any simple tricks, we have a big filter for the furnace (AC goes through it too) with individual air cleaners and nothing seems to help much

  18. We have no allergies but Clean air in the car leads to healthier families and more pleasant car trips.

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