We’ve all been there –
You and a co-worker decide to grab some lunch.
As a polite gesture, you happily volunteer to drive. But, as you open your car door and sit down, you wonder: “Does it smell in here? Have I just gotten USED TO the tantalizing scent of old Egg McMuffin wrappers and stale coffee?”
Guess you’d better roll down the windows just in case…
Even the cleanest of cars can have a “scent” that leaves passengers silently pondering “What in the HELL is that SMELL?”
So, in an effort to keep your vehicle’s smelling fresh, we’ve elected to outline a few different ways that you can easily eradicate that aroma that seems to emanate from the back seat…
Find the Source
This may seem silly to mention, but you’d be surprised at how many things can stink up your interior. If the cause of the smell is an old fast food wrapper or a discarded milk carton from April, getting rid of the source is simple. But, what if there’s something a bit more foul at play?
Mildew can really put a damper on your driving experience. Damaged trunk or door seals can allow moisture to collect inside the vehicle’s paneling. Once this moisture “turns”, expect a lovely fragrance of stale water and mildew.
For scents that seem a bit more mechanical in nature, we may have to check under the hood to see if we have bigger concerns than just the smell of our car’s interior.
With all of this in mind, it’s time to consider what we can do about it!
(1) The Two-Tiered Approach
Everyone knows that baking soda is perfect for getting rid of strong odors. So, why not use it on your interior? Sprinkle baking soda on the carpets and upholstery, and let it sit for half the day or so. You can later vacuum it up, hopefully taking with it the reminders of yesteryear’s “lunch on the go”.
For smells that are a bit more persistent, use carpet freshener AFTER you have given the interior the “baking soda treatment”.
(2) Filter Checks
The cabin air filter has a lot to do with the interior smell of your vehicle. When was the last time you changed it? Did you even know that your vehicle had one?
Replacing the air filters takes just a few minutes, and can really freshen up your vehicle. The repair guides are usually easy to find online (we have quite a few onsite, actually – shameless plug), so don’t hesitate to get your hands dirty. After all, at least the grime on your hands can wash off…unlike the smell in your car!
(3) Clean Your Stinky Car!
Finally, and probably the most logical scenario, is finally taking an hour to clean your car. You let it get this way – so go clean up your mess!
There you have it – our guide to freshening up your car. We understand that you spend hours each week sitting in traffic, but that doesn’t mean that it has to look or smell like your 16-year-old’s bedroom! Get in there, get the smell out, and stop worrying about your co-worker’s reaction when he or she sits down in your stale, stinky front seat!