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
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
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.