No, one of them is not chocolate. (Although that is a good guess!) I always have my phone, and I always, *always* have tissues.
We are an allergy family. One of us is always sneezing and pawing at our itchy and watery eyes. That’s just how we roll. We do a lot of things to help in our home, but one place we’ve found to be the worst for sneezing and general allergy irritation is in the car.
If you’ve ever taken a car ride with me and my sneezing bunch it would not surprise you to learn that the air inside a car can be six times dirtier than outside air. EW! Even though we never, EVER open the windows because of our allergy issues, allergens and dust come right in through the vents and then recirculate all around the cabin.
To make matters worse, not only are we combating pollen in our neck of the woods, one of our main thoroughfares is undergoing major construction. We travel those dusty roads at least 32 times a day…and that’s a lowball estimate. Sometimes I can even see dust settling around the car as we’re driving. It’s all just coming right in the vent. Yuck!
We’re so sneezy, I had to designate the main storage area in my minivan for a tissue box. It’s annoying, but necessary for my crew.
So when BlogHer contacted us to try out a product called the FRAM Fresh Breeze® Cabin Air Filter, I felt like the clouds (of dust) parted, and I heard a choir of angels singing. Would I like to try something that could improve the air quality in my car? Um, Yes!! Yes, I would! (Especially when it filters out 98% of dirt, dust, and allergens using ARM & HAMMER® baking soda to remove odors, too!!) Count me in!
Then I noticed there were installation instructions. OH, NO!
I was worried. You see, I’m not exactly known for my mechanical acumen. It took me three months to work up the nerve to change out my microwave light bulb when it burned out. I was skeptical that I’d be up to the installation process. I don’t even own a ratchet set!
But I love my kids (and tissues aren’t cheap, people), so I decided to give it a whirl.
When I got the filter, the instructions actually looked easy. I figured that had to be a mistake. I immediately went to the FRAM Fresh Breeze website RIGHT HERE and decided to look at an installation video. Huh, it really *did* look simple. Surely, the people in the step by step instructions had engineering degrees. That would explain it. They said it would take about 15 minutes to install, so I set aside an hour and a half for my own installation process. I’m no fool.
From start to finish it literally took me five and a half minutes. FIVE AND HALF MINUTES! And honestly, the majority of that time was spent cleaning out my glove compartment because that’s how you install the cabin air filter. (So *that’s* where my favorite sunglasses went!)
Unbeknownst to me, there is a little trap door in my glove compartment. You don’t even need two different kinds of screwdrivers to open it or anything. It just pops off kind of like the battery compartment on a remote control. I opened that little trap door, put my filter in, re-organized my glove compartment, and BAM…I was done! It could not have been easier!
But as great as that is, that’s not even the best part. Over the next few weeks, we noticed a big difference in the amount of sneezing we were doing in the car. Nobody came out with red rimmed eyes or a layers of dust all over us as we drove around town. It was amazing!! Even my teenager noticed something was different. And if a teen notices, you know that’s really saying something.
In fact, it was so amazing, I have officially retired my car tissue box! That’s right! It is no longer necessary! Not only is my family traveling easier because they aren’t bombarded with allergens and dust, I have reclaimed that valuable storage space! Hooray!
Would you like to reclaim some storage space and increase the air quality in the cabin of your car? Just CLICK HERE to see which FRAM Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filter is right for your car. You can purchase the filters at Amazon.com, Walmart, and several other stores. To make things even nicer, FRAM Fresh Breeze is also offering a $3 rebate to help you get started. To download yours, CLICK RIGHT HERE.
Not only that, but FRAM Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filters is giving away a $100 Visa gift card to one of our awesome readers. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below! (Entering their giveaway is as easy as installing their cabin air filters!) Yippee!
So let us know in the comments below your tricks for battling allergies in your family or why you’d love to try the FRAM Fresh Breeze Cabin Air Filters!
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