If your friends always refuse to ride in your vehicle, you might suffer from the embarrassing effects of a smelly car.  Don’t be upset about this; there is a cure for this condition.  In the following article, we will cover the steps that you may follow to become a well-liked chauffeur once again.

Step One: Begin by clearing everything out of your car and taking out all garbage. Be sure and reach under the seats and remove all discarded and lost things. Then look in the pockets on the seat backs and on the doors; be sure and dig all drink containers out too.  One last thing, get between all the seat surfaces and get out all the stuff that has fallen between the cracks. You never know what you may find!

Step Two: Wipe down every plastic, wood, metallic and glass surface in the car with warm water and mild detergent.  Take your time and get all surfaces. For leather seating, use a good leather cleaner.  Be sure and wipe inside your glove compartment, too. However, before you do this you should read your vehicle’s manual for advice and warnings on which cleaning products are either safe or harmful to use.

Step Three: Thoroughly vacuum your vehicle with a handheld vacuum. Take out any removable floor rugs and vacuum the carpet and seat surfaces completely. You should also take out any child seats to clean those and the spaces they were in. Remove all the dirt. Ensure you have a narrow vacuum nozzle so you may get in between all the seating and cushions too. You will be amazed at the things that come out. Vacuuming your car would be excellent after a few days if you’re living in your car. By doing this, sleeping in the car will be much more comfortable.

Step Four: Steam-clean the car’s inside.  If you don’t own a steam cleaner with an “upholstery hose” then think about renting one.  Most big supermarkets and hardware stores have steam cleaners that one can rent for $15-$20 per day. Spend some time and thoroughly clean your seats and carpets with this steam cleaner.

After you have finished these steps, let your vehicle dry thoroughly and see if you detect any odors.  If you do, you might need to go at your carpet, and headliner as well, once again with the steam cleaner and a strong cleaning solution.

Do you smell cigarette smoke? Cigarette smoke can be the toughest smell to eradicate.  A trick that professional detailers use is vinegar.   Here’s something to try: place two towels into two separate bowls and fill with white distilled vinegar. If the car is pretty big, use extra bowls. Leave the bowls and vinegar in place for at least twenty-four hours. You can also sprinkle baking soda and/or carpet deodorizer over your upholstery and carpet respectively, leave for a few hours, and then vacuum it up, which will take out some smoke odors as well.

In future, immediately clean up spills. They are much easier to clean up when they first happen and will leave the least odor behind when removed quickly. Also, do a regular sweep to remove empty drink bottles, food scraps, and any organic materials–like rocks–that have been traipsed into the car.


Ana is an internet entrepreneur and one of the founders of iGuides, she loves to give adequate time to her passion which is writing. She holds a PHD in English Literature.

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