4 Natural Ways to Eliminate Car Odors

Ah, that new-car smell… Or maybe not so much. It’s no secret that after a period of time, our cars absorb the scents, however pleasant or unpleasant, of our daily lives. If you have hosted a smoker in your car, drink coffee regularly, or have been the unfortunate victim of spills and stains, your car has probably become a less pleasant environment because of it.

A lot of people clear odors from their car with chemical-laden products like Febreeze or air fresheners, but those aren’t your only options. If you don’t want to inhale strongly fragranced car scents, I don’t blame you — here are four more natural options for eliminating car odors.

Baking Soda

First and foremost is a tried-and-true method that you’re probably not surprised by: baking soda. Baking soda is great for absorbing unpleasant odors, which is probably why it’s used everywhere from the car to the carpet. Take your floor mats and other removable fabrics out of the car and lay them on the ground on a hot, sunny day. After ensuring your fabrics are all dry, sprinkle them with baking soda and allow it to sit overnight. The next morning, run a vacuum cleaner over the fabrics to pick up the baking soda.

Activated Charcoal

Charcoal has similar properties to baking soda, and some people swear it’s even more effective at removing odors. Honda of Denton explains why this is: “It works better because there are millions of pores in each piece of charcoal that attract moisture and odors in the air, and trap them.”

To use charcoal, simply follow the same process that you would with baking soda.

Citrus Peels

Fragrance your car by making a DIY air freshener out of citrus peels. These peels can be wrapped in cheesecloth or mesh and affixed to your car just like you would an air freshener…. Only they’re a lot more natural.

DIY Fabric Spray

Finally, boost the natural fragrance of your car by spritzing your car fabrics with a DIY spray. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy. Just combine 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil with water in a tiny spray bottle. Whenever your car needs some refreshing, give it a good spritz.

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Clare O'Beara9 months ago

keep people and their rubbish out of your car

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Good ideas.

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