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7 Ways To Get Rid Of Awful Smells In Your Car




A smelly car can be really embarrassing! Sometimes they are easy to resolve, other times they are not.

Let’s learn some tips to get rid of awful smells in a car

1. Type of smell

First we have to be sure of the type of smell to be able to eliminate it. Does it smell like mold? A rot? Figure that out first then it would be easier to go on from there.

2. Detecting the source

Once you have figured out the type of smell, detecting the source is easier. If it smells like something decomposing, it’s most likely an animal died in your car, or spoilt food. If it smells like mold, it’s most likely as a result of moisture turning into fungus. So find the source, you can do that with your nose or just look around.

3. Take care of it

Since you have detected the source, take care of it! If it’s mold, wipe the surface (with a mixture of water and vinegar). You can also use baking soda to absorb the moisture especially when the smell is coming from your seats or under the seats.

4. Do a general cleaning of your car

Well, you should already know and do this regularly. Take out the foot mats, check everywhere; in between seats, underneath the seats and inside the seats (especially when you have kids ? ). Leave no stone unturned.

5. Give your car some fresh air

Preferably on a sunny day, it’s best to always allow fresh air into your car. Open all the doors, even the boot. Make sure you don’t do this on a rainy day or when the weather is cloudy, because at that time the air is moist/damp,which can lead to more molds in your car.

6. Put a moisture and odor absorbing substance in your car

You can try the silicon sachets you find in new shoes /bags. If you don’t have access to that, you can try charcoal. place as many as you can in strategic locations for a few days.

7. Use air fresheners

Yes ,they help too.

Here are some products that would help in making your car odor free:

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  1. Dapson

    November 13, 2017 at 11:58

    Well put together….some smell can be very bad and embarrassing !

    • AutoJosh


      November 14, 2017 at 17:13


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