One of our strongest senses is the sense of smell.  They can bring back memories, remind you of people and places, or even affect our moods.  There is nothing worse than the smell of something sour or stale when you get in an enclosed space such as a vehicle.  If you notice a bad smell in your car, try one of the 7 tips below and it might restore a pleasant smell in your car.

·         Vacuum – Most odors come from the upholstery in your vehicle.  Use a vacuum to vacuum the seats and carpet, especially in between seats where things can get lodged in and forgotten about.

·         Smoke – Cigarette smoke can get everywhere in a vehicle; even in the ducting system for your vehicles heater and air conditioner.  You can use an air deodorizer sprayed through the intake valve to get the smoke out of the system

·         Baking Soda – If you spilled something on the carpet or upholstery, sprinkle some baking soda on the area and rub it in, leaving it for a few hours.  It will absorb the smells and then you can just vacuum it up!

·         Charcoal – Charcoal is one of the best things you can use to absorb smells, which is why it is used in many air filters.  Grab a chunk of charcoal from the bag you use to grill with and leave it in the car for a few days.  You should notice a substantial difference.

·         Natural Air Fresheners – Choose a favorite scent of yours and see about masking the smell.  You can use a few drops of lavender, vanilla or citrus on a cotton ball and leave it in the car.  Or if coffee is one of your favorite scents, keep a small container of coffee grounds in your car. 

·         Chemical Smells – If you notice a gas smell in your vehicle, it is important to get your vehicle in for service to make sure there isn’t a dangerous leak.

·         Hiring Professionals – If you have tried all of these tips and still can’t get rid of the nasty odor, you may want to consult a professional detail shop.  Unfortunately, this is the more expensive option but they should be able to help eliminate the smell.

Between going to school or work, vacations, shopping or any other kind of trips, we spend a lot of time in our vehicles.  Keeping it smelling pleasant is one way to make those trips more enjoyable.