For many people, a car is a home away from home. Especially if you have a long commute or take frequent road trips, you may find yourself doing things like eating or changing your clothes in your vehicle. These behaviors can result in unpleasant smells. Additionally, smoking in your car can create a strong smell both in the vehicle and on you, which isn’t ideal for business meetings or social gatherings. There are a few natural ways to remove smoke odor that will keep your car smelling fresh.
Keep It Clean
A messy car can almost always mean a stinky car. Leftover food or last week’s gym socks can create strong odors. Strong odors in small spaces can cause real effects, like headaches and nausea. One easy way to avoid this problem is to remove any garbage and unnecessary items from your car at the end of each day. Be sure to pick up fast food wrappers, crumbs from children’s car seats or drink containers and dispose of them as soon as possible. An easy place to do this is at the gas station as your vehicle is fueling. Alternatively, you can keep a small garbage can in your garage so at the end of every day, you can quickly remove these items.
You should also vacuum the upholstery of your car regularly and shake out the mats. Vacuuming can remove dust, grime or other items that can build-up and start to create a stale or unpleasant smell. Shaking out your mats can remove the gunk that gets stuck to your shoes or otherwise finds its way into your car.
Sometimes, regular cleaning may not be enough. You can purchase odor-eliminating sprays that can remove any unpleasant smells. Typically, simply masking the scent isn’t a good idea, as you should try to find the cause of the stench and get rid of it. If you can’t find the smell, look for a product that can eliminate the odor instead of just covering it. Once the smell is gone, you can do little things like store dryer sheets under the driver’s seat of your vehicle or buy air fresheners for a clean smell.
If you are a smoker or the previous owner of your vehicle was, there is a good chance you need something more than an odor-eliminating spray. To remove smoke smell, you can try setting shallow bowls of ground coffee on the floorboards for a few days. These will sometimes absorb the smoke. Charcoal briquettes and white vinegar can also work in the same way, setting bowls of either on the floor and leaving them undisturbed for a few days.
If these methods do not work, try wadding up several sheets of black and white newspaper and place it under the seats. Newspaper naturally absorbs smells, and you can leave the papers there, periodically changing them to continue to keep your car smelling fresh.
Because you spend a lot of time in your car, it may be important to you to keep your vehicle free of unpleasant odors. There are a number of things you can do to both prevent and remove smells in your car. To remove smoke odor, you can try a few natural remedies, or purchase a tool designed for smoke removal. Regular cleaning and a well-placed air freshener can keep your vehicle smelling great.