1 Jul

Breathe Easy

Wombat brings home many things from preschool: stories, art, sand and wood chips and rocks and sticks and leaves and feathers from mitey birds (gah) and, of course, GERMS. So many germs. I like to blame preschool pestilence for putting our family through what has felt like a revolving door of maladies over the last nine months, but, given our symptoms, a lot of it is probably just environmental. I’m talking things like hay fever, pet dander, breathing recycled air inside a windowless office, and of course our multi-daily commutes through car exhaust and all the other wonderful contaminants floating through the air of dear old urban Oakland. Ah, the joys of being alive!

Simon in particular gets horrendous, drug-immune allergies this time of year, so when BlogHer asked if I’d like to try a FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter, I had them send one that would fit in his car rather than mine. That was super nice of me and all, but now I’m going to have to buy one for myself anyway because I like everything about it: the price, the easy self-installation, and the use of the magic ingredient in nontoxic cleaning and deodorizing: baking powder.



Lacking a lab full of testing equipment, it’s hard for me to give any measurable data on whether the air in Simon’s car is actually cleaner and fresher than it was with the ordinary factory filter, but here’s what I can say:

–Some experts recommend changing your cabin air filter yearly. If you get that done by the pros at the dealership, you’ll be out a lot of money each time. This explains why my air filter has been changed exactly never since I bought my car in 2007.

–You don’t have to be a pro at a dealership to install a FRAM cabin air filter. I did it by myself in ten minutes while the always-sleeping-in-the-back-seat baby was sleeping in the back seat.

–I’m not some paranoid conspiracy theorist out to rid my immediate environs of all potential impurities (I do not fancy living in a bubble), but I do know there’s a lot of gunk in the air that we could do without. FRAM cites a source that says the air in my car might be six times dirtier than the air outside, and this was especially apparent when I looked at what was caught in my old air filter. I was going to take a photo but decided to spare you. The FRAM Fresh Breeze cabin air filter catches 98% of dust, dirt, and allergens, but it’s the peace of mind I get from having the system–and one that’s affordable enough I can change it more often than every six years–that’s making the most immediate difference.

The FRAM Fresh Breeze cabin air filters are majorly discounted on Amazon.com, but you can also find them in some brick and mortar stores that sell car accessories. Go to the FRAM Fresh Breeze website to see which filter model will fit in your car, and then click here to download a $3 rebate. For more info, follow FRAM on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • We just keep windows open in the car and house all the time.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  • Ooh, this sounds really good. I try to keep the air in my house cleaner by not using any cleaning chemicals. (I mostly use Norwex cloths.)

  • We change the air conditioner filter often and open the windows every day

  • we keep the windows up

  • I am very afraid of what my car filters would look like. Here at home, I vacuum almost every day and leave the windows open as much as possible. In the winter, I make sure to change the furnace filter every few months and we get new swamp cooler filters every summer.

  • Yeah, we don’t do anything more than open windows. Every few years we change a car air filter. At least our kids spend hours outside every day, mostly year round. Maybe that helps (them).

  • We air out the house by opening windows and also use air filters.

  • tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/351814074927030273

  • We change our air filters every 3 months.

  • We have several allergy/asthma sufferers so opening windows very often is not an option. Too much pollen int the air usually. So we use as Air Purifier in the house. We keep an air freshener in the car to keep odors down.

  • we use a lot of incense and scentsy

  • This may be counter intuitive, but we just try to open the windows as often as possible.

  • Our house is so far from airtight–thanks to its advanced age and original windows–that fresh air is not a problem for us. Though I definitely avoid anything with any artificial scent inside the house. ANYTHING. Even laundry detergent. I make my own to avoid the scent (and the cost).

    If exposure to pet dander and so forth is supposed to prevent allergies in small children, my kids are going to be like Iron Babies. Our house is dirty, with lots of animals and garden dirt and stray bits of straw that get tracked in and whatever else. We’re also very healthy, so it’s okay, I guess.

    I had no idea one was supposed to change a cabin air filter for a car. I didn’t even know there WAS an air filter besides the one in the engine. Then again, I hardly go anywhere, so it’s not much of an issue I guess.

  • We just try to dust and vacuum as much as possible!

  • I dust weekly and clean out my car every 2 weeks. I also change my filters regularly and we use air purifiers.

  • I open the windows to let fresh air in!

  • I sweep and dust and make sure the filters are changed regularly.

  • I change the air filter in my house every three months.

  • I open the windows as much as possible to let fresh air in and I try to use natural cleaning products to keep the air my family breathes healthy and fresh

  • I dust, mop and sweep regularly. Hope that’s doing the trick! :)

  • Tweet: https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/352555219298689027
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  • Stick used dryer sheets in hidden places. It helps things smell fresh.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  • I diffuse Purification essential oil daily – a mega help with fresh air.
    Thank you.

  • I vacuum a lot; I change the air filters; I leave the windows open and I burn candles a lot

  • I didn’t even know my car had an air filter. I keep both my home and car air fresh by keeping both clean and free of dust and garbage, using air freshners and open the windows when the weather is nice.

  • I try to keep both my car and home clean and humid free and smelling fresh, I spray air fresheners and lit up candles. I also turn on the air purifiers sometimes.

  • I mix lemon juice and water in the spray bottle and spray around our home and car once a week to help.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  • I sprinkle baking soda on my mattress when I change the sheets. I leave it there until the next time I change the bedding, and vacuum it off. It absorbs sweat and oils that would have been absorbed into the mattress, and it helps free the dirt that’s already embedded in it. Keeps my mattress from smelling funky.

  • I open the windows during a sunny day and let the car air out.

    Tiffany Lane

  • I air out the house my opening up windows. I also use an air purifier. :)


  • I use scented candles in our home to keep it smelling fresh & clean.

  • Clean ceiling fans often so they aren’t spewing dust when they are on.

  • i fill a small bowl with baking soda and set it out

  • We use air fresheners. 

  • twitted this today, 09/07

  • we often open our windows and we also like to put on ceiling fans to rotate the air.

  • I use an air filter in the house to keep the air fresh

  • Run a vacuum around the front and back often

  • my trick at home/car is to use baking soda to naturally absorb odors and i love to leave windows/doors open

  • my trick at home/car is to use baking soda to naturally absorb odors and i love to leave windows/doors open

  • my trick at home/car is to use baking soda to naturally absorb odors and i love to leave windows/doors open

  • I make sure my filters are changed regularly as well as keeping up with dusting, vacuuming, etc. ky_grandma40@yahoo.com

  • We open the windows to air out the house, when its nice out and regularly change our filters.

  • I crack open windows whenever the weather is good enough and change the furnace filter once a month.

  • I crack open windows whenever the weather is good enough and change the furnace filter about once a month.

  • We always have the windows open when the weather is pleasant to let the fresh air inside.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  • tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/355022673245519872

  • I know what you mean! We have strict rules; no trash, no gym bags full of sweaty clothes, no food left in the car overnight!

  • i use homemade cleaners around the house!

  • twitted this today, 10/07

  • Open the windows as often as I can, vacuum every day and change filters every month.

  • I use an air Air ioniser and dust every other day

  • We replace our filters 2x a year.

  • Open windows and homemade Febreze! :)

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

  • We recently had our home’s air ducts cleaned. Now THAT was gross–seeing what came out. And this filter in the car? Who knew there even was one?

  • at home I try to keep lots of plants in the house and in the car I just roll down the windows…

  • I open the windows and air it out and have an Outlook reminder set for changing the air filter on the furnace.

  • With a houseful of boys, I open windows as much as possible. :)

  • Plants! OK, not in the car, but definitely in our house. We also keep the windows open a lot to air things out.

  • Keeping the windows opened as much as possible when I’m home!

  • Changing the air filters often and cleaning out the vacuum filter, too.

  • Requires very little effort on my part, but we recently splurged on a Roomba, and hoo boy, I can tell such a difference in the amount of dust and pet hair in our house. Definite improvement for our allergies.

  • I try to keep the air fresh by keeping it circulating Open windows to let in an outside breeze. Use fans to spread that breeze around, pushing new air in and old air out

  • I use Febreze in my car to help with smells, works well too!

  • I open the windows

  • We keep lots of plants around the house, I think that it helps a lot.

  • i run my fan a lot to circulate air

  • using an air purifier with a hepa filter

  • Lots of indoor plants!

  • twitted this today, 16/07

  • Moistened wipes to clean vents of dust

  • We always run two air purifiers in out house.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

  • we have the air ducts cleaned

  • we use an air purifier

  • I keep my windows(with screens) open often to naturally air out my house. Nothing replaces fresh air. I also have my car cleaned out and detailed once a year, vents and all!

  • We have an air purifier and HEPA filters in our furnace. When the weather is nice I open the windows.

  • I try to keep the windows open on days where it is not too cold or too hot in order to get new air in and smelly stuffy air out.

  • We will use scented candles and carpet deodorants.

  • Putting bowls of potpourri in various rooms in the house provides a fresh scent.

  • To keep the air in my car and home fresh I open the windows a lot, even in the winter.

  • My favorite simple tricks for keeping the air in my home healthy, clean, and fresh is to vacuum the place often. But this FRAM sounds like the perfect solution for the car. Gotta get one soon as my hubby get stucks in traffic to work sometimes.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • when it is not too hot out I open the windows in the house

  • we change our air filters regularly and also use a air purifier

  • I use plants to keep air fresh and clean!

  • I open all the windows, give the house a good spring cleaning and have tons of plants.

  • We change the air filters regularly in the house. In the car, trash can make your car smell funky, so we try to keep it cleaned out.

  • Every three months, I change the filters.

  • Do extra cleaning – treat the problem, not the symptom. You don’t need lots of aromas if you’ve removed the source of the odor.

  • i would when the window is open it make the house feel so much better

  • We have an ionic air purifier in the house and I roll down the car windows.

  • Open the windows, change the air filters and use plug-ins

  • I try to vacuum my house and car at least once a week. At home I don’t open the windows that often to keep the dust and pollen out. In the car I actually do the opposite, I open the window as much as I can…I’m not sure which helps most..lol. I also make sure my air filters in the car get changed whenever I get my oil changed.

  • Open windows, baking soda and Febreeze!

  • We open the windows in the house and the car and of course baking always adds a fresh smell to the house. Thanks for the chance. eaglesforjack@gmail.com

  • I keep the windows open all day!

  • No milk in the car or near carpet and use fabric softener sheets and keeps windows open

  • febreeze and lots of open windows

  • In the house we use an air purifier, and this sounds perfect for the car!

  • I like to use air fresheners and open windows to let fresh air in.


  • I light a few candles and relax while freshening the place up a bit.

  • i use a air cleaner

  • I use febreeze and let things air out

  • My best tip for keeping air clean is to regularly change your filters and keep a clean car/home!

  • I change the filters on the air/heat unit monthly

  • The #1 thing I do for my home is to have a lot of scientifically proven VOC removing house plants in my home. In my bedroom alone, I have 9!

  • We like to use an air purifier at home. Thank you for the fantastic contest!

  • I use air fresheners and try to clean my car out once a week

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

  • I like keeping the windows open for the nice fresh breezes.

  • To keep the air clean at home we have lots of green house plants.

  • We open the windows in the house and the car and use Febreeze

  • I open the windows and use candles in my home and use air fresheners in the car

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • tweet
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • I change filters ofter and use febreeze.

  • i use a ton of air freshners.

  • I love using a little essential oil on an old car air freshner.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  • I Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/362684609550495745
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  • I open the windows whenever possible.

  • I use essential oils in a diffuser in my house and in a cotton ball in my car.
    Thanks for the contest.

  • change filters often & open windows whenever possible

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