How to Get Rid of Car Smoke Smell

January 27, 2012

That stale car smoke smell is horrible to find when you open a car door. With a little work you can keep your car smelling fresh and clean.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Baking soda
  • Sponge
  • Glass cleaner
  • Odor eliminating shampoo
  • Leather cleaner
  • Vacuum cleaner

Step 1 - Shampoo

Start by vacuuming the interior of the vehicle. Use an odor eliminating shampoo on all parts of the upholstery inside the car. That should include the carpets and the floor mats (remove the floor mats to clean).

Step 2 - Surfaces

Use the shampoo on all other interior surfaces, including the header and the area by the back window, to clean these thoroughly. Put the shampoo on a sponge that's damp, not soaked, then rub in carefully.

Step 3 - Windows

Clean all the glass in the car. Use paper towels. Spray cleaner onto the glass and then rub clean. It might take two applications to clean the glass completely. You'll find brown stains on the towels at first from the smoke that's adhered to the glass.

Step 4 - Baking Soda

Use baking soda to cut the smoke smell. Sprinkle it onto all the carpets. You will need to let it sit for a week after working it in. This allows it to grab the car smoke smell out of the fabric.

Step 5 - Leather

The car smoke smell will be caught in the leather and vinyl parts of the interior. You'll be able to pick up a good leather cleaner at the hardware store. To take out the last of the cigarette smoke smell, vacuum the ashtray and clean it. Once dry, put a little baking soda in it.

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