(If you have ever wondered about car-buying tips for mold-sensitive individuals, this post is for you.)
Today, I want to share another reader Q & A to help anyone who may be going through mold issues with their current car, or who is looking to purchase a car, but is concerned about mold. This reader wrote to me with the following question:
I love your page! I need advice for purchasing a new car for my daughter. Her old car was from our toxic house and is still making her sick even after fogging it.
(Note: They fogged the car interior using the Sanitizer fogger with a solution of EC3 Mold Solution Concentrate and distilled water, proportioned per device instructions. They also did mold plate testing on the interior of the car, sending plates off too ImmunoLytics for laboratory analysis. The tests revealed mold colonies at levels that would cause reactions and inflammation for all individuals, even those who are not particularly mold sensitive. The mold species of particular concern that was identified as being present in the car was Penicillium. I was not given the information on the exact strain of Penicillium found. Many strains of Penicillium are toxic, although most found in indoor environments are not the most virulently toxic strains, but, even these strains are highly allergenic in nature and are respiratory irritants. Therefore, it is not a mold that is healthy for anyone to inhale in an enclosed space, like a car.)
I would love suggestions on cloth vs. leather seats, etc. Also, if we purchase another car, should I fog the new car right away and burn an EC3 candle in it? I have a friend that works at Hyundai and knows my situation and he is looking into pre-owned cars with low mileage. I am feeling confident a different car at this point is clearly going to make her feel better. Any and all advice would be very much appreciated!!