Car Care Tips

Bad Smells In A Car And How To Get Rid Of Them

Most everyone would like to keep that new car smell forever, but unfortunately that scent fades all to quickly sometimes leaving something in it's place that you would rather not experience. 

This article on bad smells in a car and how to get rid of then will help get your car smelling fresher in no time at all.

1. Clean the spot:
I personally use the Bissell Little Green Portable Deep Cleaner but you also get by with soapy water and a lot of elbow grease.  One important thing to remember when cleaning or shampooing your car is that you should use the least amount of water possible. Otherwise you run the risk of adding the scent of mildew  to your already smelly car.

2.  Dry the spot:

Allow the inside of your car to completely dry before you even think about rolling up the windows.  One good way to do this is to roll down all of the windows and angle a fan so that it blows on the wet spot.

3. Sour Milk:

Sour milk or infant formula can be a little difficult to remove. Something that usually works for this is to sprinkle baking soda over the spot and then allow it to set overnight. Then in the morning scrub the area using a little soap and water.

4. Vomit:

Vomit is another had to get rid of odor but this method usually works pretty well.  After shampooing and drying the spot just put a pan of charcoal briquettes in your car for a few days.  The charcoal will absorb the bad odor and you can then use it for your next BBQ.

5. Hard To Remove Odors:

I usually use Simple Solution Stain And Odor Remover For hard to remove odors and it works great.  This product was designed to remove pet stains and odors which means that it will work on almost anything.


* Clean up all stains and spills as soon as possible.

* You have to get to the source to remove a bad odor and trying to cover it up with air fresheners won't work in the long run. 

* In some cases you may have to replace the carpet in your vehicle.