Removing Car Odors
Foul odors can build up in your car from various sources. Removing these odors are vital to appropriate car care and pleasant driving experiences. Foul odors inside of your car will result in unpleasant driving conditions for both the driver and passengers, alike. The most common of all foul odors in a car comes from cigarette smoke. If you are a driver who smokes, to help eliminate the most part of the odor from the smoke, always smoke with your car windows open or at least cracked open. Always keep your car ashtray cleaned as the odor can linger from that. Whatever the source of the odor, it can be easily removed and your car can smell fresh and comfortable again, just follow these simple and effective tips and tricks to remove odors quickly, and economically while leaving your car with a fresh clean scent that will make driving very pleasurable for you and your passengers.
- Keep a strong and reliable sealed bag available for placing trash inside and trapping the odors in the bag, rather than filing your vehicle with any unpleasant odors. Bags can be anything from quart size ice cream bags with zippers to gallon size Ziploc™ bags with plastic zipper seals. Or just plain ordinary brown paper bags, solid and strong, and use a paperclip to fold the top edge of the bag down and close it shut tight with the paperclip. Whichever bag you opt for, be sure to empty it when you return home or are near a garbage can, while on the road.
- A tip that I have, myself, often used is simply using orange essence oil or an orange peel placed just slightly inside of the air conditioner/heater vents edges. Use caution to not let the orange peel fall into the vents, as this could result in a local car repair shop needing to go inside and remove the citrus peeling, to avoid any crucial damage in the engine. Citrus is infamous for removing the worst of foul odors. You can use any form of citrus; oranges, lemons, grapefruit, whatever you choose. This will give a fresh scent to your car. Simply run the air conditioner or fan for about 30 minutes while driving and the odor will be neutralized.
- A popular technique is using hanging air fresheners. These hanging air fresheners are generally hung from the rearview mirror on the inside of the windshield. They are basically merely a piece of cardboard that has been coated with scented oils or citrus essence oils. They can be effective, but the results are often quite temporary and the air fresheners will need to be replaced often. Generally, they are inexpensive, but it can be a hassle having to replace them every so often. These hanging air fresheners can be purchased at a local car repair and parts shop or at a general store.
- Another tried and true technique, which can be a little more epensive, but still worth the value is using a spray odor neutralizer. Neutralizers remove the odor completely, while fresheners only ‘cover’ the odor. A common odor neutralizer that can be easily stored in your car and even for home use is Febreeze™ (I recommend citrus orange neutralizer, of course)
- A final option can be essential oils and extracts. (Vanilla extract can be inexpensive and purchased at nearly every grocery store easily.) Simply place a few drops of the essential oil or extract on a cotton ball and place the cotton ball under a seat somewhere.
Following any of these tips and tricks will give your car care with a pleasant and fresh clean scent and will make driving so much more comfortable for you and your passengers. It’s best to remove the odor as soon as it is detectable, and should certainly be performed when cleaning your car and detailing.