Did you know that the beloved new car smell actually comes from volatile organic compounds (aka VOCs)? While the concentration of VOCs in a new vehicle isn’t dangerous, it isn’t the most ideal thing to inhale.
Plus, that new car smell fades fast. After a few weeks of use, your new car is going to smell, well, used.
If you’re wondering how to make your car smell good from here on out, we’re here to help you out. From car cleaning tips to safe and subtle scents, we’ll help you to tackle getting rid of odors and replacing them with something fresh.
Read on for five helpful tips to ditch the bad car smells and keep your ride smelling fresh.
- Start by Vacuuming
The first thing you need to do is break out the hand-held vacuum and vacuum your seats and floor mats. Your car’s upholstery absorbs all sorts of debris, from dirt and dust to crumbs. When this debris is left to pile up, it can leave your car smelling musty and earthy.
- Shampoo Those Fabrics
Not everything that has soaked into your upholstery will come up with the vacuum. Get your car detailed or take matters into your own hands with car shampoo and a scrub brush. This will help to remove any old liquids that cause a putrid, saccharine, or rotting smell to permeate your car.
- Ditch the Gas Station Air Fresheners
You know those cheap air fresheners that you can get at the gas station that have scents like “fresh pine” and “lemon?” They’re not helping. Those scents are usually strong enough to cause a headache but not strong enough to cover the funk, so after you give your car the cleaning it needs, get rid of the cheap air fresheners.
- Diffuse Essential Oils
Essential oils are all the rage nowadays. You probably didn’t know that now, you can even get scent diffusers for your car. Attach one of these bad boys to a vent panel and enjoy light, natural scents that improve the smell and the vibe of your car.
- Clean Your Car as You Go
It’s tempting to leave that fast food bag or your gym socks in the backseat for a few days, but it’s time to curb old habits. Your car isn’t absorbing bad smells out of thin air. Make sure that you remove odorous objects ASAP so that the smell doesn’t linger for weeks to come.
Learn How to Make Your Car Smell Good for Good
Everyone enjoys that new car smell but it isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be–and it’s not built to last. Learn how to make your car smell good for good with these easy and low-cost tips.
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