It’s easy to forget that the garage is part of the home and can be a source of allergens and chemicals that may make your allergies and sensitivities worse.
Explore the room below to see the allergy hotspots.
- Keep doors that connect the garage to the house closed.
- Draught proof the connecting door to reduce possibility of fumes leaking into the house.
- Never run the engine of your car in the garage other than for entering and exiting.
- If there are any pipes running from the garage to the house check that they are tightly sealed to ensure that fumes cannot enter the house in this way.
- Vacuum the fabric seats regularly.
- Choose a car with good pollen filtration.
- Choose a car with least amount of latex and nickel.
- Check for certification of 'allergy friendly' interior.
- If buying a car with the 'new car' chemical smell. Leave in the sun with the windows open.
- Wipe down the interior of the car with a non perfumed cleaner.
- Do not use air fresheners.
- Ventilation is vital in a garage. Keep the window open for as long as possible.
- Consider installing an extractor fan and leave it in operation for at least 30 minutes after entering and exiting the garage.
- Paint pots, chemical canisters need to be in a storage area away from the house such as an outside shed, but if not possible then in a closed cupboard.
- Open pots can cause asthma & chemical sensitivity
- Wet items such as wellies and floor mops left drying can lead to mould spores developing.
- Garages are often used as workshops, make sure floor is free from spillages which could cause breathing problems or mould spores to develop