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How to Clean Tough Stains and Odors in Your Car

We have probably all done it. Driving on a sunny afternoon, windows are down and the radio is cranked to a near-deafening level. We bought an ice-cold caramel-colored soda from the gas station, eager to sooth our now parched throat and mouth, due to our attempt at keeping up with the radio’s mix of tunes. Out of nowhere a truck pulls out in front of us, causing us to slam on the brakes. The result is an undesired change of color to the car interior. Another situation that you may find yourself in, is forgetting a perishable in your car, allowing it to create a particular smell that can only be described as revolting.

Whether you find yourself in one of these situations, or in another one that has caused terrible stains or smells, do not worry. We have a DIY guide for helping you in cleaning the toughest of stains and the heaviest of odors. So grab your gloves and safety glasses, because we are getting down and dirty in this guide.

For Stains:

  • To start, you will want to gather the appropriate cleaning supplies. To deep clean your carpet, a portable carpet cleaning machine is the way to go. The machine soaks a mixture of water and soap into the carpet then sucks it back up into the machine. This process of “shampooing” your cars rugs can really assist with removing stains, as well as really cleaning the carpet.
  • If you like going the chemical-free way, you can pour vinegar onto the spot, soaking the stain, then pour a small bit of baking soda onto it. Then, after letting it sit, giving it time to pull up the dirt and grime from the stain, scrub the spot with a firm brush to fully get the stain out. Repeat as necessary.
  • You can do this on the upholstery, but use caution when pouring the vinegar. Try not to use much, so that it dries quicker.

For Smells:

  • For any odors that your car may have, you can use baking soda to eliminate them. Some people are allergic to air fresheners, so baking soda is an excellent alternative.
  • Before applying, make sure you have removed any sources of the smell, which probably should start with removing trash and deep-cleaning the carpets and seats. This will make sure the baking soda can do its job to the full.
  • Then, sprinkle the baking soda over the floors and seats. Let it sit overnight, so it can soak up the odors, then vacuum it up the next day.
  • If you have leather seats, pour baking soda into small containers. Place them throughout your car for most efficient coverage and odor absorption. The baking soda will absorb the odor particles in the air and in the fabric, making it smell new again.

Cleaning your car can be a rewarding experience. No matter how nice the exterior of your car looks, your car interior is what separates class from trash. So never fear that your spilled soda or forgotten fruit has ruined your car interior. If you follow this simple guide to cleaning stains and odors in your car, then you’ll be cruising in cleanliness, in no time.

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