Has anyone ever told you that your car stinks? A smelly car may sound like a minor concern, but actually, it can be a pretty big deal. Obviously, nobody’s going to want to ride with you in a vehicle that emanates a bad odor. Before long, that dirty smell might start clinging to your clothes and following you around—embarrassing, to say the least! And, a bad odor can actually make it harder to sell your car, or diminish the amount of money you can get for it.
The fortunate news is that there are some simple, DIY remedies to get your car smelling fresh and clean—and, to keep it smelling that way. Here’s some advice from the Get My Auto team.
4 Ways to Make Your Car Smell Better
1. Clean it regularly.
To prevent odors from accumulating in the first place, the best thing you can do is simply to develop a habit of cleaning the car regularly. Don’t let trash or food particles start piling up, because that’s usually how the foul stenches begin. At least once a month, if not once a week, spend just a few minutes vacuuming your vehicle and removing any debris from cupholders. Also, develop the discipline of removing any and all trash from the car at the end of each day.
2. Open some dryer sheets.
Say it’s too late to prevent the odor from forming; what do you do to eliminate it? The first thing we recommend is buying a box of dryer sheets. Put a couple in your trunk, a couple in the back seat, and maybe just one up front. These little things can go a long way toward freshening the air in your vehicle. Just make sure to replace them every week or two.
3. Fill a sock with coffee.
Yes, you read that right! You may not know this, but coffee is actually a natural deodorizer; it sucks up and neutralizes any foul odors that surround it. What we recommend is simply filling an old sock with coffee grounds, tying it closed, then placing it under the back seat. You might be amazed at how effectively this eliminates unwanted smells.
4. Sprinkle some baking soda.
Baking soda is another powerful, natural deodorizer. Sprinkle just a little bit of baking soda on the seats of your vehicle, then leave it overnight. The next morning, simply vacuum it up. Again, you might be really pleasantly surprised by how well this works!
Freshen the Air in Your Vehicle
Note that these steps can also be useful for deodorizing a used vehicle; if you return from the dealership with a car that smells just a little musty, give these tricks a try!
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