Everyone knows what “new car smell” is like—and once it’s gone, it’s hard to replace. You may have opened the door of your vehicle one day to find that it doesn’t smell so fresh—in fact, it smells awful! You may be wondering, “Do odor removal sprays really work?” The answer depends on why, exactly, your car has an odor in the first place! Many different things can contribute to odor inside of vehicles. If you spend a lot of time in your car, it is more likely to smell. When you think about all of the things you do in your car—eating food, drinking coffee, smoking or driving smokers around, sweating, and more—it makes sense to think that all of these scents might build up and cause an unpleasant odor in your vehicle. Cars with fabric seats are especially prone to this, as the fabric grabs onto the smell, which can’t be removed by cleaning, but what can be done about it?
Don’t Cover Up the Odor, Get Rid of It
Car air fresheners are sold that loop around your rear view mirror. These are usually cardboard soaked in a perfume-like product. While these slowly release scent over time, they don’t get to the source of the problem, and they are also illegal in many jurisdictions because they may block your view of the windshield and earn you a hefty fine. They just aren’t worth it! There are also a few different spray options, but beware of perfumes posing as odor removal sprays—these will simply cover up the smells in your car without actually treating the source, so they are a waste of money. Thankfully, there is a better solution.
You Have to Attack the Odor at the Source
A good odor removal spray will be able to take your car from foul to fresh in just a few sprays. First, you should be able to spray it onto your seats if they are covered in cloth. A quality spray will actually wrap around the stinky scent particles on the molecular level and prevent them from making your car smell bad. Think of it as the difference between mouth spray and actually brushing your teeth! And since they keep working, there’s no downtime or need to “air out” your car—you can simply spray, stash it, and go. For someone who puts so much work and effort into their car to keep it in tip-top shape, it makes sense to have a vehicle that smells as good on the inside as it looks on the outside!