How to Make Your Stinky Car Smell Fresh in 5 Easy Steps

Are you fed up with your smelly car?  As well as getting from A to B, we use our cars for transporting pets, storing gym kits and football boots, and eating when we're on the go.  Is it any wonder that our cars often ends up, well, a bit stinky?  Adding an air freshener will help, but to really get your car smelling fresh follow these 5 easy steps.

1. Open the Windows

Open all the doors and windows to get some fresh air in your car.  The smell can often be a build up of stale air, particularly during winter when you drive around with the windows closed and the heater on.

2. Have a Clear Out

The easiest way to keep your car smelling fresh is to stop the trash building up, so have a good clean out and resolve to put everything in a bin straight away from now on.  Check everywhere: under seats, between the seats, in seat pockets etc.

3. Clean the Seats

Vacuum the seats, floors and the rest of the interior thoroughly then sprinkle liberally with baking soda.  Leave for 3 to 4 hours then vacuum the baking soda up.  After this you can also use fabric cleaner on the seats.  (Use a vacuum designed for pet hair if you have dogs in your car.)

Then take the covers off the children's car seats and give them a good wash.  Wipe down the rigid base and seat structure with hot soapy water and leave to dry.

4. Clean the Interior

Use a wet cloth (try a 50:50 mix of white vinegar and hot water) to wipe the dashboard, the inside of the doors, the gear stick, pedals and the steering wheel.  Take the mats out and scrub with a brush and hot soapy water, before hanging them up to dry.

5. Add an Air Freshener

Add an air freshener to your car to give that fresh new car smell and to keep future odours at bay.  Opt for citrus or pine scents for freshness, or you can even get a 'new car smell' air freshener!  There are plenty of good air fresheners you can find online here:

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