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Help Minimize Allergens in Your Car

From the morning commute to picking up the kids after school, you spend a lot of time in the car. Enjoy more time steering and less time sneezing with these easy tips for helping to reduce allergy triggers in your vehicle.

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Easy Tips to Put More Joy in Your Ride

Stick with the A/C

A fresh breeze may feel nice, but it can also allow hitchhiking pollen spores to blow into your car. Keep the windows rolled up and use the air conditioner instead. Be sure to set the A/C on the recirculating cycle so you don’t pull pollen in from the outside.

Filter Smart

A clogged air filter can do the opposite of what it’s supposed to do and blow allergens into your car. So be sure to check and change your cabin air filter often.

Think Twice About Fabrics

Fabric seats are harder to clean and can harbor allergens. If possible, invest in leather seats instead. Wool seat covers and cloth floor mats are also more likely to trap dust mites, pollen, pet dander and mold spores. So, skip the wool seat covers and replace cloth mats with plastic or rubber ones that are easier to clean.

Don’t Give Mold Spores a Free Ride

Mold spores love wet clothes or towels in the trunk, leftover food hidden underneath seats and spilled drinks on floor mats. Help reduce mold from growing by cleaning up any areas with moisture right away.

Keep it Clean

From pollen blowing into your car to dust mites hitching a ride on your clothes and transferring to your seats, common allergens can build up quickly in your vehicle. Be sure to vacuum regularly with a HEPA filter. And don’t forget to wipe down the dashboard, steering wheel, control panel and windows with a damp cloth to help minimize buildup of allergy triggers.

Don’t Neglect Your Car’s Exterior

Pollen that settles on the outside of your car can be brought inside when you brush against the surface. Wash your car frequently to help reduce pollen buildup and keep your wheels looking shiny and new.

Keep Allergy Medication on Hand

It’s a good idea to keep allergy medication in your purse or backpack, so you’re prepared when your allergy symptoms strike. Non-drowsy Claritin® RediTabs®, Children’s Claritin® Chewables and Claritin® RediTabs® for Juniors are all easy to take without water for allergy relief on the go.

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