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Allergens: Get outta my car, get into my dreams with the FRAM Fresh Breeze! #freshercar #cbias


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I don’t just have seasonal allergies. I have year-round allergies. From pollen to pet dander to potpourri, if it has the potential to make anyone’s eyes water and nose itch, chances are I’m allergic to it. It reminds me of the pilot episode of The Wonder Years, in which older Kevin narrates that his best friend, Paul Pfeiffer, was “allergic to his own snot.” That’s pretty much me in a nutshell.

My dog, Sebastian, may be adorable, but he sure knows how to stink up the place and spread his doggie dander about.

My dog, Sebastian, may be adorable, but he sure knows how to stink up the car and spread his doggie dander about.

As the owner of a dog who has to take trips in the car, as well as a resident of the South, I face allergens every day. So I was really excited to head to my local Walmart to purchase and try out the FRAM FreshBreeze cabin air filter for my almost-new 2012 Honda Civic. I headed to and used the easy tool to choose my car’s year, make and model and was instantly able to find out the perfect size filter for my car. You’ll need to know this before you start purchasing your filter!


The cabin air filter is located behind the glove compartment in my 2012 Honda Civic. I was able to get to it with no tools and without even breaking a nail.

First of all, I didn’t even know my car had an air filter. But, yes, just like my house, it does. Unlike the standard filter for my car, the FRAM FreshBreeze is a carbon air filter that also includes Arm & Hammer baking soda to add deodorizing to the amazing filtering qualities of carbon. (I’ve changed enough air filters in my home to know that if you suffer allergies, carbon air filters are far superior to standard ones.)

Let’s see how this thing works. I headed out to my car to install it, almost certain that I would not be able to do this by myself, I would have to call someone who has fixed a car or two in their lifetime, and need assistance. Not so! It was extremely easy to open the cabin and take my car’s original filter out.

The original air filter for my car. According to, your air filter should be changed every 15,000 miles. Since I've put slightly over 4,000 miles on my car, it's no surprise that there's very little dust. However, my car has yet to see the wrath of pollinating insects yet to come this year. I'm saving this air filter since the condition is still pretty good.

The original air filter for my car. According to, your air filter should be changed every 15,000 miles. Since I’ve put slightly over 4,000 miles on my car, it’s no surprise that there’s very little dust. However, my car has yet to see the wrath of pollinating insects yet to come this year. I’m saving this air filter since the condition is still pretty good.

The box for the FRAM Fresh Breeze has a QR code you can scan on your smartphone to access a tutorial video. I tried scanning the QR code on the box during the installation, but alas, the video was not available. I really hope they fix that soon. I had to do it the old-school way and (gasp) actually read the instructions in the box.


One mistake I made was failing to line up the filters to make sure I was installing them the correct way. I assumed that because my old filter had the “down” arrows on the side that I immediately saw when opening the filter cover, that the arrows on the FRAM Fresh Breeze needed to be in the same part. So I slid my new air filter and realized it didn’t fit. Naturally I started trying to force it in there. Which of course you don’t do with anything because it will never work. So I finally decided to actually compare the two filters and line them up. Above you’ll notice they’re uneven just because the filters aren’t lined up. Let’s fix this.


That’s much better! So I slid my new carbon filter in. It fit perfectly!

I closed up shop and was ready to test this thing out.


I haven’t had much time with my new FRAM Fresh Breeze, but today I took Sebastian The Dog to the vet and somehow he managed not to fill the car with his rolling-in-the-grass, eating-weird-things-in-the-yard stench. This made me an extremely happy puppy parent, and I’ll continue to monitor this as I go on many more trips with dogs, cat owners, smokers, leftovers from Indian restaurants, and of course, my own sweaty self after I’ve been outdoors in the middle of July.

My entire purchase (including tax) was just over $20, and it will last me over 15,000 miles or for the next year – whichever comes first! That’s about as much as I spend for indoor air filters that I have to change every three months! I’ll remind myself to change my filter easily, because I happened to install it around May 1 – May Day, the day you’re supposed to start planting!

If you want to try out the new FRAM Fresh Breeze air filter, you can get a $4 mail-in rebate by visiting I plan to use mine! Also, be sure to visit my G+ album in which you’ll see how easy it is to select, purchase and install the perfecgt FRAM Fresh Breeze for your car!

In the meantime, hope you survive the end of spring, the entire summer, and the dust, pollen and stickiness in between. Maybe the FRAM Fresh Breeze can help make it that much easier.

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  • Lana Flowers
    May 6, 2013, 7:44 pm

    Eleanor, I am glad Seabass enjoyed his trip to the vet and that your car now has an air filter. The pollen was an inch thick on my hardwood breakfast room floor the other day, and I had to remedy it with a Swiffer cloth. However, unlike you, I do not have allergies, and I have two cats and my Bitsy dog.

    • Bellesouth
      May 6, 2013, 8:35 pm

      He didn’t really enjoy his trip to the vet, but I enjoyed it a lot more than usual. Ugh, I’m so glad I don’t have hardwood floors! I do have a car that stays outside and is covered in bee love. Blech. Smooch Bitsy for me!

  • Frank Woodman
    May 6, 2013, 9:43 pm

    Good advice to remember your car passenger compartment air filter. Most people forget about them and cars for some time now have had them. So take a moment and check and replace it if necessary. You’ll be glad to have the clean air you deserve.

    • Bellesouth
      May 6, 2013, 9:55 pm

      Honestly, this is something I never would have thought about. I am so used to driving cars that don’t have these kinds of air filters. I love that this was so easy to change. Thanks for your reading and commenting, Frank!

  • Shane
    May 6, 2013, 10:41 pm

    I had no idea that this existed. Now I have to go look at my cars. Thanks for posting
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    • Bellesouth
      May 8, 2013, 9:10 pm

      I had no idea either! This is a relatively new product, and also air filters that are behind the glove compartment are a fairly new feature for cars. Use the tool I linked up there to see if your car has one!


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