We spend a lot of time in our cars, and they are prone to picking up odors. The smells could be from food left in a bag on the floor; smoke permeating the upholstery; a noxious smell emanating from the air conditioner, a dead bird or animal in the chassis or radiator, spilled gasoline, animal droppings (or fertilizer or manure) from your shoes getting on the vehicle’s carpeting, flooding, severe weather or chronic humidity. If you have ever left the windows open in the rain, and then closed them – then you know that “funky car smell” is pretty awful.
In short, there are many things that will cause truck or car odors. To eliminate them, start by figuring out the source of the smell, and then you can take appropriate steps to remedy it.
- Check under the seats, and remove any debris or leftover fast food in bags.
- If something smelly has spilled on the car seats or carpeting – try some upholstery cleaner.
- If the air conditioner is the culprit, it’s likely that the air filter has gotten wet from condensation - time to replace the filter.
For ongoing air freshening, you want something that doesn’t just mask unpleasant odors like those perfumed car deodorizers that hang from the rear view mirror. What you want is something that will eliminate your car or truck odor entirely instead of just adding a new odor on top of the old ones.
For smoke and other lingering unpleasant vehicle odors, try Odor Genie. Its powerful formula breaks down odors at the molecular level, eliminating them entirely.
If your problem is due to moisture and musty odors, then DampRid’s Moisture Absorber Products are your best bet. These simple and economical products remove excess moisture from the air and DampRid also absorbs your car’s damp and soggy smells right along with the humidity, leaving your car clean and fresh smelling. Get rid of dampness-caused car odors with DampRid!