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If you’ve got the funky car, the rest of the carpool probably volunteers to take your turn to drive. Some people would rather drive than subject themselves to miles and miles of nasty funk in your car. While this might save some miles on your odometer, you should be embarrassed. It’s time to find ways to make your car smell better.

You’ve got to start by identifying the odor to make your car smell better

Woman Holding Her Nose in a foul-semlling car
Woman Holding Her Nose | Wiki Commons

Do you know where the foul odors are coming from in your car? If the bad smell permeates from something that can be removed from the car, it’s a good idea to get the bad smell out. Is the odor coming from an old gym bag, a lunch container you forgot, or a pair of shoes one of your kids left in the car? Thankfully, these odors can easily be removed, and you can air out the car.

On the other hand, if the foul smell is in the seats or carpets, you might need to bring your car to a detailer to have the odors removed. Some smells are moisture-based, which means you should put a can of Damp Rid under the seats. This will soak up the foul smell.

Would you like to save some money and avoid the car detail shop?

Car Detailer Vacuuming a Car
Car Detailer Vacuuming a Car | Wiki Commons

If you think you can tackle the odor and make your car smell better on your own, Money Talks News offers a solution. Eliminate odors by using some baking soda. This can make your car smell a lot better. All you’ve got to do is sprinkle some baking soda on the carpets and seats, scrub it in with a brush, and leave it overnight. After this time, vacuum up the baking soda, and the odors should be gone.

Use Items in your home to make your car smell better

Box of Dryer Sheets
Box of Dryer Sheets | Wiki Commons

Do you have dryer sheets, coffee, or essential oils in your home? If so, you can easily make your car smell wonderful with these items. Once you’ve defunked your ride, it’s easy to use these materials to give your car a fantastic scent.

Dryer Sheets

Open a box of dryer sheets and place the box under the seats in your car. If you don’t want to put a whole box in the car, just place a couple of sheets under each seat. The smell can permeate throughout your car. This is a surefire way to make your car smell great.


Take an old sock or piece of hosiery and fill it with coffee beans or grounds. You don’t need a lot of coffee. This solution offers that smell that perks you up first thing in the morning.

Essential Oils

Apply some drops of your favorite essential oils to cotton balls, a clay disk, or in some baking soda in a small, open container under your seat. The oils can give you the wonderful smell you want in your car instead of the foul odors.

Make your car smell better the old-fashioned way

Tree-Shaped Car Air Freshener
Tree-Shaped Car Air Freshener | Wiki Commons

Another way to improve the smell of your car, that’s been used for many years, is to hang an air freshener from the rearview mirror. This is still a popular choice to improve your car’s smell. You’ll find several different air fresheners at any store that can make your car smell a lot better. Of course, a few sprays from a can of Febreze can make your car smell great as well.

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