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What’s that Smell? Tips for Removing Even the Worst Odors from Your Car

Has your car gathered a funky smell? Don’t worry, we have a complete guide on how to remove the order! Check out these odor removal tips.

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You sit down in your car and instantly crinkle your nose. Did something crawl under the floorboards and die in here? This isn’t good.

You agreed to pick up a bunch of your kid’s friends after school. At this rate, the smell may embarrass your child. You look around for the source of the smell and come up empty-handed.

The truth is, the cause may be something that you can’t see. When was the last time that you had the carpets vacuumed? To help you sniff out the source of your woes and get rid of it, here are a few odor removal tips that every driver should know.

  1. Vacuum

Depending on the material of your interior, it can trap in a lot of gross smells. So if you can’t find the source of what’s smelling up your car, you should try vacuuming everything. You can use the upholstery nozzle on your vacuum cleaner at home, or you can hit the car wash.

If you vacuum and the smell is still lingering around, you can rent a steam cleaner and give that a go.

  1. Smoke 

Removing smoke smell from a car will be one of the hardest things that you have to do. It tends to linger and you can’t get rid of it by throwing around a bunch of air fresheners and hoping for the best.

Smoke sticks to everything from the fabric of your interior to the heater and AC. You’ll have to pop the hood and spray a bit of air deodorizer through your intake valve. Only then you can tackle the interior.

  1. Baking Soda 

Baking soda works wonders on stains and smells in your car. So, if your toddler managed to spill something in the back seat clean and wet the area and then sprinkle the baking soda over it. Let it sit for a few hours before you come back and vacuum it up.

If there is still a bit of a smell in your car, you can put some baking soda in a container. Puncture a few holes in the top and then place it back in the car. It will act as a natural air freshener.

  1. Charcoal 

You can make a mean steak by using charcoal but did you know that it will also help with bad odors in your car? All you have to do is open up a small bag of briskets and leave them in your car overnight.

You’ll find when you go to get in your car the next morning the smell is gone. It’s because it’s all been absorbed into the bag of charcoal like magic.

  1. Natural Air Freshener 

The problem with using regular air fresheners is that they tend to mix with the bad odor you’re trying to cover up. Your car will smell like old fast food and lavender. It’s not pleasant.

Instead, you should try out natural solutions. These scents are strong so they tend to overpower bad smells rather than mixing with them. For example, you can douse cotton balls with a bit of vanilla or some kind of essential oil and leave them in the car.

If you enjoy the smell of coffee (and who doesn’t really) get a small canister of your favorite roast and leave it open in the car. After a few hours, it will smell like the inside of a coffee shop rather than the inside of a garbage can.

  1. Vinegar 

Vinger is a powerful liquid. It can get out common stains, clean countertops, and get bad smells out of your car. Get a small cup and pour a bit of vinegar in it. Leave the cup in your car overnight and the next day you’ll notice that the smell is gone.

Another thing that you can do is make a mixture of vinegar and water and spray it on the problem spot. Make sure that you always dilute it when you use it like this. Pouring straight vinegar on your interior will ruin it.

  1. Carpet Cleaner 

If your little one spills their sippy cup on the car seat, chances are the liquid is going to drip on the carpet to some degree. For this, it’s time to go with a specialty product. Pick up some carpet cleaner.

You can get it from about any department or auto parts store. Make sure you read the packaging before you pick one up. You want to know if it can tackle the particular stain or odor that you’re dealing with.

Also, some cleaners can be a bit abrasive. If the packaging says you need to dilute it and you fail to do this step then you’ll ruin your interior. Always read the back of the box and follow instructions!

  1. Hire a Professional 

If you’ve tried all the things we’ve listed and still can’t be rid of the foul odor, your best bet is going to be to take it to a professional. This is going to be more expensive than these other options but there are some smells that you can’t get out on your own.

For example, if your car gets hit with a skunk or a rodent manages to crawl in and die. These aren’t going to come out without the help of someone who knows what they are doing.

The Secret to Odor Removal in Your Car

Strong odors can make your car hard to drive and above all else, can be embarrassing. If you use these tips for odor removal you’ll be able to find the source and tackle it though. Happy cleaning!

Getting rid of gross smells isn’t the only way you can take care of your car. For more ways to keep your car in great shape, visit our blog.

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