Most of us spend a lot of time in our cars; in fact, your car can start to feel like a mobile second home, especially if you have a long commute. Unfortunately, that also means that your car can pick up the aromas of whatever you’ve brought into it, be it greasy french fries or sweaty gym clothes. Read on to learn how to get smells out of your car from the team at U Wrench It.
The best cure is prevention. The second best cure? Baking soda.
The best way to keep your car from smelling is to not give smells the chance to enter in the first place – no eating, smoking, sweaty clothes, wet dogs, etc. But hey, life happens! Step one is to remove whatever caused the smell in the first place, whether it’s french fries under the seat or a gym bag in the trunk.
Next up, give the car a good and thorough vacuuming. Remove the floor mats and really get in there with the detailing attachments on your vacuum cleaner. Then, sprinkle the carpet and upholstery with baking soda and let it sit for thirty minutes to an hour. It should absorb most of the odor, and you can simply vacuum it up and enjoy a fresher-smelling car.
How to get smoke smells out of your car
Whether you smoke, you purchased a car from a smoker, or maybe you just salvaged a used auto part that smells like smoke, it can be annoying and challenging to get the smoke smell out of your car. Fortunately, there are several things you can try.
- Spray unscented Lysol in the AC vents while your car is on, with the AC blowing at full blast with recirculation OFF.
- Shampoo carpet and upholstery with carpet cleaner.
- Leave a box of baking soda or charcoal in the car to absorb odors.
- Use an ozone generator.
Replace your air filter.
If you’ve detailed the inside of your car and it still smells funky, there’s one more simple fix you can try – replacing your air filter!
Whatever your DIY car repair goals may be, you can find a huge selection of used auto parts in Atlanta at U Wrench It. Check out our inventory online or stop by to chat with our friendly team.