The spring is finally here and with the temperatures outside getting warmer, we have a new problem. Anything of an organic nature that might have been left in a car in the winter will make the car smell. Unfortunately, at this point in time, it is hard to figure out who dropped what on the third row of our endless minivan. Time for a spring cleaning and making sure that our family favorite vehicle remains to stink-free.
Spring (or any day) Cleaning
Start by finding and removing the source of the smell if it is removable
Sprinkle baking soda on the carpets and upholstery and leave it there for a day. Vacuum it up. If that is not enough, use carpet freshener.
Check the air filters. If it has been a while since the last change, the filter change might make a lot of difference.
Take an hour to clean your car. This might be the best way to clean the car, de-clutter, and possibly find some long-lost treasures.
Sprinkle your interior with scented Baking Soda and leave it there for a day or two and vacuum. You can also leave a can of coffee beans in your car5 for a while – coffee beans neutralize odor.
Sour (Spoiled) Milk
Option 1: Sprinkle unused coffee grounds onto the carpet and let them sit for a couple of hours, vacuum.
Option 2: Spray the vinegar onto the carpet, blot it up with a clean cloth.
Option 3: Spray regular (non-bleach) hydrogen peroxide on the carpet (test a small area first). Spray it on and allow it to set until it stops foaming. Blot it with a clean cloth.
I found it best to create a baking soda and water paste. Rub it into the area and apply distilled white vinegar over it. Blot this up with clean white towels, and repeat it no more than two times. Follow that with a proper rinsing of water, blotting up the moisture. It will smell like vinegar for a short period, but the urine smell should not come back.
Leave a cup of baking soda overnight to neutralize odors and use pet placemats to reduce cleaning in the future.
Keep smell fresh longer
(The ways you can keep your car smell fresh for weeks with Febreze)
Fresh-smelling car is a must while traveling for hours (or days), but when it comes to kids, this usually means a lot of unpleasant smells and awkward moment (at least, this is how it works for my family)
Pick up a Febreze Vent Car Clip – it will last up to 30 days.
When you need to defrost your car, attach a Febreze Vent Clip to the defrost vents to cycle warmth and freshness!
Need to add some freshness to the back row of the car? Attach a Febreze Vent Clip to passenger vents.
Add a “smell check” to their monthly car checkups.
DO YOU HAVE A SMELLY STORY?
Have you ever left something in the car that made your car smell rather unpleasant?