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.

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Internal Door

  • 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

  • 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
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