Tips&TricksCombatting car humidity: How to effectively reduce moisture and its potential health risks

Combatting car humidity: How to effectively reduce moisture and its potential health risks

Steamed up window in the car
Steamed up window in the car
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12:38 PM EST, February 5, 2024, updated: 4:15 AM EST, March 7, 2024

Car moisture is a serious issue that unfortunately, some drivers often underestimate. It's important to note that long periods in a humid environment can be detrimental to our health. Experts indicate that it may lead to conditions such as asthma, various allergies, and pains in the head, muscles, and joints. Thus, finding the cause of moisture in your car becomes essential. In fact, the reasons can be diverse. One of the most common is water infiltrating the car through different leaks. These leaks could be cracks in the windows, damaged door seals, or even the roof. Other probable causes include leaks in the cooling or air conditioning system.

Effective methods to eliminate car moisture

The fight against car moisture should begin by thoroughly ventilating the vehicle. If you have completed that, the next step should involve a close inspection of your car mats. Frequently, car humidity can be traced back to excess water brought into the interior of the vehicle. Particularly in winter, our mats can harbor a variety of dirt. Therefore, it might be beneficial to replace the foot pads with ones that are more absorbent. A perfect example of such products are rubber mats. This simple change will prevent mud or snow tracked in on shoes from soaking into the car floor. Additionally, it's advisable to remove all blankets and mascots from the car as these items tend to retain moisture.

Cat litter: a surprising solution to car humidity!

One effective solution to alleviate humidity in a car is the use of moisture absorbers. These are small sachets filled with an absorbent material, which can be reused multiple times. You just need to place one of these sachets under the car seat, and another near the front window. This method should significantly reduce the humidity in your car. Remember, if your absorber becomes saturated with water, you don't have to dispose of it immediately. Simply dry it out on a radiator.

Moreover, not everyone is aware that such absorbers can also be homemade. In most cases, the interior of these gadgets contain... silicone cat litter! This hygroscopic substance effectively dries out spaces. You just need to sprinkle some litter into a small bag, a sock, or a pillowcase and leave it in your vehicle.

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