Cars are like family members. You love yours no matter how messed up it is, and no one is allowed to make fun of yours but you. We rounded up some tips on how to make sure your car always smells good no matter what it has been through. Now you will have one less thing to joke about, but we’re sure you won’t miss the gym socks funk.
Baking soda for the win
All cars are bound to smell at some point. Whether it’s getting in the car after a gym workout, picking up kids from soccer practice, driving your friend that smokes, etc. Smells are absorbed by seats and carpets, and some are especially difficult to take out. However, when it comes to cleaning, baking soda is your best friend in the whole wide world. Yes, even more than Windex.
Grab some baking soda and sprinkle it over your seats and carpets. Let it sit for a couple of hours, pass the vacuum to clean the remains, and presto, your car will be smelling brand new.
Absorb foul odors with charcoal
Did you know charcoal had purposes other than being used for fuel? It can actually be used to absorb odors and toxins in gases, such as air.
Just place a few pieces of charcoal under your seat and it will slowly rid your vehicle of those stubborn smells that you thought couldn’t be eliminated. This home remedy is indeed nature’s little toxin absorber. You’re welcome!
Essential oils for natural aroma
No need to buy custom made designer freshener from Lush for 65$ (tax not included). Grab any essential oil and place a few drops on a clothespin or sachet in the vent and voila! You have your own little homemade air freshener!
We bet you didn’t think these simple things could be so handy, right?
Dryer sheets are not just for the dryer
Hide some extra dryer sheets around various strategic locations in your car to keep that good aroma. These sheets should continue to emit fragrance for 1 to 3 months, varying by the climate.
You can also allow it to sit on your cloth upholstery and mats. Blot the sheets with a dampened rag to freshen them up.
Use a cereal container as a trash can
Sometimes the only thing that smells is the garbage, and there is a simple solution for that — get one with a lid!
Grab a plastic cereal container from any kitchen or storage store, line it with a regular grocery bag, and use it as a portable trash can for your car. Simple and easy, and it will definitely help keep your car cleaner.