Can you cross contaminate your car when you leave your moldy home? This was typed into a search engine that eventually led someone to my blog. My answer is yes from my own experience. In fact the car was already most likely cross contaminated while he/she was living in the moldy home. The reason I say yes is because the mold spores and the mycotoxins produced by the mold become airborne. They settle on your clothing and they settle on the carpet and you walk on it with your shoes or socks. It also settles on your furniture and is picked up on your clothing as well. You then get into your car and the spores that are now on your clothing become airborne in the car. Those spores and mycotoxins attach themselves to the fabric in the car and go through the air conditioning system. I got my mold/mycotoxin exposure in the work place.
I got rid of my car and everything that had porous or soft surfaces. I also got rid of all appliances, etc that had a fan that might have sucked in the mold/mycotoxin and would emit it again when the fan was turned on.
Depending on a person’s sensitivity I guess would depend on whether or not they would be able to be in their car once they get rid of everything else. I tried being in my car after I had gotten rid of my things and it made me feel ill. This is a decision everyone with mold exposure has to make and it is based on what does/does not make them feel worse.
For others who have suffered mold exposure. What have you done with regard to cross contamination and your car?
NOTE: I am speaking from my own experience and that of a few fellow mold sufferers. Everyone must make their own decisions on what they should do.