How to Keep Your Car Smelling Fresh

Eating, transporting pets, and all-around traveling can leave cars smelling like everything that’s been in them. So what do you do when you can’t get rid of the smells?

How Can I Keep My Car From Smelling Bad?

The best way to keep your car smelling fresh is to avoid letting the trash and other shrapnel pile up. While sometimes this is inevitable, taking a few small steps such as keeping a trash container in your car can make a big difference. Getting a good wash–including interior detail—will also go a long way to get out unwelcome smells. Don’t forget to check on the cleanliness of your vents as well, since unsavory odors can linger there. Classic air fresheners are always an option, but sometimes it can be hard to find a scent you like. If you’re looking for a few new ideas on how to introduce good smells to your car, try a few of these options:

  • Rub down upholstery with dryer sheets. This will keep your car smelling clean, especially as the summer heats up. You can also keep a few of these under your seats to keep things smelling clean.
  • Keep an unlit scented candle under your seat. Scented candles come in loads of different scents, so you’re sure to find something you like.
  • Sprinkle the interior with baking soda, then vacuum it out. Leave the baking soda in the car overnight, then vacuum it out—along with the smell!
  • Go for a drive with the windows down. Sometimes the smell actually will blow out. Give it a shot!
  • Clean the mats. It’s easy to forget how much floor mats encounter. Our feet bring in loads of debris, and getting it out of the car will help everything smell better.
  • Keep some coffee beans around. Not only do they smell nice, but coffee beans absorb odors. Try keeping a small amount in a mesh bag to absorb unwanted smells. Change them out every once in a while to keep things fresh.
coffee beans

Related: Tips For Traveling With Kids

Looking for more tips? Check back with our blog for tips and tricks on car maintenance. If you’re in the market for a car, stop by and check out all of your options at Poulin Auto. Our team is here to help you find what you need.