When you have a stinky car, no one is going to want to get in it.

There are numerous reasons your car could get stinky. First, if you’re not taking care of what’s under the hood, you’re going to have unfortunate auto odors. That said, it could be anything from a buildup of debris to something you left in the trunk a few months ago, causing the foul smells.

We’re not here to focus on what’s making the bad smells. Instead, we’re going to help you get rid of them.

In this post, we’re going to give you a brief guide on how to deodorize your car and get rid of smells that shouldn’t be there. Keep reading, and you’ll be able to drive your car with other people in it without the embarrassment of foul smells.

Mask the Smell With an Air Freshener

The first thing you should try before doing a deep clean of your vehicle is a simple air freshener. We all want to keep that new car smell for as long as possible, but when you’ve got an issue with foul smells, you’ve got to take different measures.

If a hanging air freshener doesn’t do the trick, you can also try a car scent diffuser that you clip in your AC vents. With essential oils blowing out from your air conditioner, you’ll do your best to mask the smells.

Clean Out Your Car

Masking the smell can be helpful, but if you don’t clean out your car to find out what’s making the smell, you’ll never truly get rid of it. Take everything out of the car, including the floor mats, the contents of the center console, and the glove box. 

Get hold of a vacuum and thoroughly clean the car’s interior, especially under the seats and all other nooks and crannies. You may also want to use a household carpet shampoo to make sure the upholstery gets a deep clean.

Check Out Your Air Filter

Most AC air filters are located behind the glove box. If you’ve got excessive dust, dirt, and debris floating around in your car, the cabin air filter can get backed up and start cycling filthy air throughout the car.

Consider taking your vehicle into an auto shop and having them replace the air filter if you suspect that this is the problem. Whether it’s creating the smell or not, a new air filter will enhance the air quality in your car.

Go to a Mechanic

Most of the time, foul car smells are a result of something going on within the vehicle. Exhaust fumes are especially pungent, which could be a problem with your emissions control system. Other common smells include burning electronics and rubber, both of which will need professional attention from your local mechanic.

Why Drive a Stinky Car If You Don’t Have To?

No one wants to drive – or be driven around in – a stinky car. Follow these tips, and you’ll be able to identify and solve your car smell problems. Once you do, you’ll be back on the road, riding in style.

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By SARAH